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We Salute Our Physicians On National Doctor’s Day

At UM CRMC, we have an amazing team of the area’s most dedicated physicians caring for our patients every day. Our doctors go above and beyond to help everyone who comes through our doors and to make a positive impact on their patients’ lives. These hard-working physicians serve our community with honor and distinction.

March 30th is National Doctor’s Day. We’re proud to be able to celebrate the skill, compassion and accomplishments of the doctors who are a part of our family at UM CRMC.12765_CRMC_Mar27_BLOG_BK_R1

Our physicians have dedicated much of their lives to enhance and preserve the health and well-being of others, and we’re grateful for that. All year round, they’re here helping the people of Southern Maryland live healthier lives.

We want to take this opportunity to salute all of the doctors who make such a difference in our patients’ lives every day, and wish them a very happy National Doctor’s Day.

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Don’t Miss the CRMC Foundation’s Free Retirement Planning Seminar

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Have you started planning for your retirement?KimberlyRosenfield

Retirement may not be something that you think about frequently, but if you put a plan in place now, you’ll set yourself up to enjoy life later.

The CRMC Foundation is partnering with local financial advisors at The Rosenfield Group at Morgan Stanley to offer a free Retirement Planning Seminar on March 26. Second Vice President Kimberly J. Rosenfield will lead the discussion focusing on envisioning the chapters of your life, understanding the risks and developing a plan.

Two sessions will be offered, so you can choose the one most convenient for you.

When:  Thursday, March 26, 2015, at 5pm-6:30pm or 7pm – 8:30pm

Where: Nagula Conference Center #2 at UM CRMC

RSVP: Reserve your spot by calling 301.609.4132 or click here.

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A New Look For The UM CRMC Website

Our newly redesigned UM CRMC website is here, and you’ll love how easy it is for you to find what you need. We’ve updated everything to create a better user experience for you and make the features that you love the most take center stage.Feb20_blog

This new, more intuitively designed site makes it faster for you to find the information that you’re looking for right from the home page. One new feature is a streamlined mini-menu with quick links to some of our most popular sections. Use this menu to find a doctor, get to your myPORTFOLIO Patient Portal, find class and event schedules, make a donation, find volunteer opportunities, get healthy recipes and more.

We’ve also made it easier for you to keep up with UM CRMC in other ways. Every page features a section that lets you know about the current ER wait time. The next 3 upcoming events at the hospital are featured on our homepage, with links that allow you to click through and make a reservation right away.

Our new website has been designed to have a cleaner interface and greater functionality. It’s important to us that you can find everything that you need to keep up with hospital news, health news, events and more at the UM CRMC website, and we’re confident that you’ll love our new design.  

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Renew Your Resolutions: Eat Healthy and Get Active This Spring

Have you spent too much time this winter cooped up indoors, binging on junk food and Netflix?

Now is the time to do something about it. Spring is just around the corner. You’ll want to get out and do things. You’ll want to feel good about yourself.Mar11_blog

March is National Nutrition Month so there’s even more opportunity to learn how easy it can be to make healthy eating and exercise part of your daily routine. Visit the EatRight.org for tons of great health and fitness tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The information is easy to find and broken up for men and women and from children to seniors.

You can also check out the Health Resources here on the UM Charles Regional Medical Center website. Our Taste of Wellness section offers a wide selection easy-to-make, nutritious recipes.

Of course, to maximize your healthy lifestyle, you’ll need to incorporate regular exercise. As part of our Prescription for Healthy Living Lecture Series, Exercise Physiologist Brian Loux will be leading a discussion on “Exercise for Weight Management” at UM CRMC on March 19 at 6pm.

The session will be held in the Nagula Conference Center #1 on the first floor. It’s free to attend and will cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Health problems associated with obesity
  • Health benefits of exercise
  • Setting appropriate weight loss goals
  • Overcoming common barriers to exercise
  • Making a plan for success

Seating is limited so reserve your space today.

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

They are some of the most common, yet least talked about forms of cancer in the United States. That’s why it’s important to talk about cancers of the colon and rectum, and there’s no better time to begin the discussion than March, designated National Colorectal Cancer Month.12765_CRMC_Mar6_BLOG_BK_i1

Our Online Health Library has the resources that you need to learn more about colorectal cancer. Use the tools that you find here to find out about causes, testing and treatments of cancers of the colon and the rectum.

Extensive research about the causes of these cancers is ongoing. Stay up to date with the progress that doctors and researchers are making in fighting this disease. Keep up with the latest news on treatments, screenings and more through the American Cancer Society.

Talking about colorectal cancer is the best way to reduce the stigma and bring it out in the open. Educate yourself and help us spread awareness through our Online Health Library and preventative screenings can help reduce the effects of this devastating disease.  

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An Extended Opportunity to Book Your Sweet Escape

A sweet time was had by all at last weekend’s “C Ball” — Candy Land Gala. We enjoyed great food and drinks and we danced the night away, all while raising funds to support renovations to our Birthing Center and Nursery.

But the fun doesn’t have to stop.

Thanks to our sponsors, we’re able to extend the opportunity for you to take advantage of several exciting trips through our Sweet Escapes Adventure Shop.

The deadline to book one of these escapes is March 6. To reserve your trip or for more information, please call our office at 301-609-4132 or email lfalkler@umm.edu.

A portion of these sales is tax deductible, and a receipt will be provided for your records.Feb27b_blog

TAKE A BITE OUT OF THE BIG CANDIED APPLE
Contribution: $75 Per Ticket
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Craving the city life?  Reserve your seat on a deluxe motor-coach and make your way to the Big Apple. Shop, dine, catch a show—the day is yours. We’ll get you there and back, and we’ll have some fun along the way!
Deluxe round-trip bus transportation to New York City. Includes pick-up in La Plata, two drops and 2 pick-ups in NYC.

WRIGLEY: PLEASURE AND FUN IN CHICAGO
Contribution: $1,000 for a Party of 2
June 12-14, 2015 (Suggested Date)
Chew on this adventure: Two nights in the Windy City, a Cubs game at Wrigley Field and a gift card for pre-game festivities. Explore the sights and sounds of Chicago while you’re there, including shopping and museums within blocks of your hotel.
2 nights in a suite at the Chicago Hilton, 2 tickets to Cubs vs. Reds game and a $50 gift certificate to Murphy’s Bleachers.

5th Ave: NEW YORK INDULGENCE
Contribution: $1,000 for a Party of 2
May 2-3, 2015 (Suggested Date)
Springtime in the city is better when you can stay overnight! A perfect getaway for a grandchild who dreams of the city, girlfriends needing retail therapy, or a couple hoping to meet the “Today” show cast!
Round-trip Amtrak reserved coach seating from Washington Union Station to NY Penn Station, 1 night at the New York Hilton Midtown.

DC WITH A CHERRY ON TOP
Contribution: $500 for a Party of 2
April 11-12, 2015 (Firm Date)
Head to our Nation’s Capital and explore the wonder of the Cherry Blossoms! Luxury awaits you with an overnight stay at the historic Georgetown Inn and Sunday brings a “Cupcake and Macaroon Tour of DC,” a two-hour walking tour visiting the finest culinary artisans and dessert boutiques.
1-night stay at the Georgetown Inn, 2 reservations for the “Cupcake and Macaroon Tour” hosted by Greatfoodtours.com for 1pm on April 12, 2015 (restrictions apply).

BABE RUTH “BAWLMER” BASEBALL ESCAPE
Contribution: $750 for a Party of 4 (Only 2 Packages Available)
Hit a home run with four field box seats, an overnight stay at a hotel within walking distance and a $50 gift card for pre-game fun at nearby Pickles Pub. Enjoy all that the city offers. We know you’ll love this trip, hon!
PACKAGE 1:  Overnight stay on June 26 at the Hampton Inn downtown, 4 field-level tickets to the June 26 Orioles vs. Indians game (7:05pm start), $50 gift card to Pickles Pub (520 Washington Blvd).
PACKAGE 2:  Overnight stay on August 1 at the Hampton Inn downtown, 4 field-level tickets to the August 2 Orioles vs. Tigers game (1:35pm start), $50 gift card to Pickles Pub (520 Washington Blvd).

“PRALINES AND SWEET TEA” SAVANNAH EXCURSION
Contribution: $1,000 for Party of 2
May 8-11, 2015 (Suggested Date)
History tells the story in historic Savannah and three nights in a well-appointed suite at the Hamilton-Turner Inn provides savory breakfasts, sweet afternoon nibbles and evening receptions in the parlor. Enjoy Savannah’s rich culture or day trip to area destinations, including Hilton Head just 20 miles away.
3 nights in a suite at the Hamilton Turner Inn,  a gift of Praline candies from Savannah’s Candy Kitchen on River Street.

HERSHEY SPA OVERNIGHT ESCAPE
Contribution: $1,000  for a Party of 2
Time-TBD
Enjoy the elegance of one of the world’s finest hotels, and immerse yourself in the luxury you so richly deserve. Deluxe accommodations at Hotel Hershey for 1 night, $200 per person to be used toward spa services and products.

WINE (AND CHOCOLATE) ESCAPE
$3,000 for a Party of 2
September 10-13, 2015 (Firm Date)
Jet set to the West Coast for a weekend featuring the Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival. With three nights in San Francisco, there’s room for a full-day small group Wine Country Tour through Napa and Sonoma.
Round-trip nonstop flights from DCA to SFO on United, 3 nights at the Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf or similar hotel with a king guestroom, $50 Ghirardelli gift card and full-day small group Wine Country tour.

 

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Learn More About Your Heart in Our Online Health Library

February is Heart Health Month. We’re here to help you learn more about cardiac care and ways to help keep your heart going strong.Feb13_blog

Our Online Health Library makes it easy for you to find the latest information about a variety of health topics, including heart health. Are you looking for an overview of how your heart and cardiovascular system function? Or a look at the risk factors for women and cardiac conditions? Informative articles on these subjects and more health topics are available in the Online Health Library.

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Residents Should Prepare for Arctic Blast, Urged to Check on Vulnerable Populations

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and other state officials are asking residents to be prepared for extremely cold weather over the next few days. The National Weather Service has forecast unusually cold temperatures through Saturday morning around the state.Feb18_blog

“The snow storm has ended, but winter has not,” Governor Hogan said. “Dangerous temperatures are forecast for Maryland over the next several days. Now is the time to prepare your home, your car and your pets.”

Make sure pipes, especially those on exterior walls, are insulated or keep a faucet on the lowest level of your home turned on a slow stream. Make sure pets have appropriate shelter free of frozen blankets. And make sure all of the fluids in your vehicles are full, have a car charger available, keep a blanket in your car and make sure family and friends know your expected time and route of travel in case you are in an accident or become disabled.

“Extreme cold can be deadly,” said Van Mitchell, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary. “Residents should be aware of the risks. Dress in warm layers. Check on elderly friends and neighbors, as they are especially at risk. Never use a gas range or oven to heat your home.”

Because of cold temperatures, sidewalks and some roadways may have patches of packed snow or ice, making falls a serious hazard. Residents, especially the elderly and those with limited mobility, should avoid walking on slippery surfaces.

“Help us help you,” said Maryland Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Clay Stamp. “If possible carry a cell phone with you at all times, even when just walking out to get the mail or newspaper in some neighborhoods or rural areas, your fall might not be discovered quickly, and frostbite, hypothermia and death could occur quickly in single-digit temperatures.”

Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature falls below 95ºF. Frostbite is the freezing and subsequent destruction of body tissue that is likely to occur any time skin temperature gets much below 32ºF. The areas most likely to freeze are toes, fingers, ears, cheeks and the tip of the nose.

While there were relatively few power outages as a result of the recent storm, the widespread cold front could affect regional power supplies. Residents should be prepared now in the unlikely event of a temporary power outage or reductions. Some communities may activate emergency shelters or warming centers according to their plans or in the case of extended power outages. Those needing help dealing with cold weather issues can call 211 to find out what services might be available in their areas.

Here are other tips for dealing with the upcoming cold weather:

  • Keep devices charged so you can follow forecasts and local emergency information.
  • Dress in layers, taking care to keep your hands covered.
  • Know who to contact in the case of a power outage.
  • Cover your head. You lose up to half of your body heat through your head.
  • Wear several layers of lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. The air between the layers acts as insulation to keep you warmer.
  • Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect lungs from direct cold air. Cover your ears and the lower part of your face, too.
  • Wear mittens rather than fingered gloves. The close contact of fingers helps keep your hands warm.
  • Wear warm leg coverings and heavy socks, or two pairs of lightweight socks.
  • Wear waterproof boots or sturdy shoes to keep your feet warm and dry.
  • Maryland residents in need of housing or energy assistance to keep warm this winter should call 211 to see if there are resources available to help.
  • Be alert to other common winter hazards, such as carbon monoxide (CO) and injuries from heat sources. CO is produced by small gasoline engines, stoves, generators, lanterns and gas ranges, or burning charcoal and wood. This colorless, odorless gas can cause illness and death. Heating sources can also cause fires, electrical injuries and burns if not properly installed, operated and maintained.
  • Review your family emergency communications plan and emergency supply kits for homes and vehicles. Each family member should know what to do and how to contact others should an emergency arise. The home emergency supply kit should include unexpired food items, medical supplies and batteries. Vehicles should contain items such as heavy blankets, water, nonperishable food, a flashlight and a snow shovel.

For more information about winter weather preparedness, please visit the following websites:

 MEMA: www.mema.maryland.gov

DHMH: http://dhmh.maryland.gov/winterrpts/SitePages/Home.aspx

FEMA: www.ready.gov and click on the “Winter Storms” link

American Red Cross: www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster and click on “Winter Storm”

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C-Ball Candy Land Gala Ticket Giveaway

Do you love a free upgrade? Let us upgrade your “C”-Ball experience. When you purchase your tickets to this year’s “C”-Ball Candy Land Gala, you can get a chance to upgrade your package or even get free additional tickets with this sweet contest!

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Our promotion is no longer a “C”-cret —

Beginning today, all those who purchase tickets to the “C”- Ball Candy Land Gala on Feb 21 will have a chance to upgrade or share the love! Perfect timing for Valentines day!

One lucky late night ticket holder (and their guest) will be upgraded to REGULAR gala tickets with an 8pm entrance admission time ($100 value)! That’s more time for music, entertainment and yes, sweets in the Candy Land Lounge.

Those who purchase Gala tickets will have the chance to double their fun as one lucky winner will win a second set of tickets to share with friends ($300 value)! A party is always better when you’re with friends! Winners will be announced Wednesday February 18 at noon on our Facebook page so stay tuned for announcement!

While you’re there, please like and share our event, and invite your friends to try their luck — or maybe you’ll want to keep that to yourself!

Purchase tickets online or call 301-609-4132.

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Prevent The Spread Of The Flu With These Tips

Flu season is in full swing. One of the most important ways to protect yourself and your family from the flu is to to combat the spread of the flu virus.Feb6_blog

The Maryland Department of Health has provided some tips for fighting back against the flu. Take these everyday steps to protect your family’s health and to prevent spreading influenza to others:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
  • Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • If tissues are not available, cough or sneeze into your sleeve.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • If you do become ill, keep away from others as much as possible to keep from making others sick.

For more information about influenza (flu), visit our Online Health Library or see the Maryland Department of Health Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Fact Sheet.

 

 

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