Get Vaccinated for Flu Season


Flu season is here again, and like every year, it’s bringing with it the contagious virus that puts senior citizens, young children and those with existing medical conditions at risk for serious complications.

Fortunately, you can protect yourself (and others) from this debilitating illness. Getting vaccinated is an easy way to prevent sickness this flu season, and the Charles County Department of Health will once again be hosting several free flu immunization clinics through October and November. Below is the official schedule of free community clinics (open to all ages) in our area. Visit the official Charles County Department of Health website or call (301) 609-6900 to learn more.

Charles County Department of Health Clinic (View Location)
Friday, Oct. 28:  2:00pm-6:00pm
Saturday, Nov. 5:10:00am-2:00pm
Thursday, Dec. 15: 3:00pm-7:00pm

Community Clinics
Saturday, Oct. 15: 10:00am-1:00pm — JP Ryon Elementary School
Tuesday, Oct. 18: 3:00pm-7:00pm — Westlake High School
Thursday, Oct. 20: 3:00pm-7:00pm — La Plata High School
Tuesday, Oct. 25: 1:00pm-5:00pm — Western County Family Medical Center
Tuesday, Nov. 1: 3:00pm-7:00pm — Piccowaxen Middle School
Thursday, Nov. 10: 4:00pm-7:00pm — Smallwood Middle School
Tuesday, Nov. 15: 3:00pm-7:00pm — Thomas Stone High School
Thursday, Nov. 17: 3:00pm-7:00pm — La Plata High School

The seasonal flu is characterized by fever, chills, muscle aches, fatigue, sore throat, nausea, diarrhea and other debilitating symptoms. The best way to avoid getting sick this flu season, especially if you’re among the most at risk, is to get immunized today.


Recognizing National Physical Therapy Month


At UM Charles Regional Medical Center, we work to always show our recognition for the outstanding physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who work so hard to help us overcome pain as well as gain and maintain movement. But because October is National Physical Therapy Month, we’re sending a little extra recognition this month to all those who help keep us moving.

This is also an opportunity to introduce our fantastic team at UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation. This physical therapy center in La Plata offers a wide range of treatments from some of the discipline’s most experienced and compassionate practitioners.

Through a variety of individually focused treatments, the staff at UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation helps patients get back to living a more mobile life by treating conditions like sports injuries, joint replacements, osteoarthritis, spinal pain, post-surgical recovery and more.

The caring staff at  UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation can provide the assistance needed to move beyond injury and into a more active life. Wondering if your condition could benefit from physical therapy? Give UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation a call at (301) 609-5494 and take the first step towards moving better.

Don’t Miss Our 22nd Annual Crab Feast on Oct. 20


We’re less than two weeks away from rolling out the brown paper and tasting that Old Bay over all-you-can-eat crabs at our 22nd Annual Crab Feast. That means you have less than two weeks to get your tickets or secure a sponsorship for this great event on Thursday, October 20!

Join us at Captain Billy’s Crab House in Newburg from 2:00-8:30pm and enjoy a full range of menu options, including all-you-can-eat crabs or platters featuring shrimp, stuffed chicken breast, crab cakes, tilapia and more.

Time is running out to get your tickets, but you can reserve yours online right now.. And if you’re interested in promoting your business at the Crab Feast, we still have some fantastic sponsorship opportunities available — remember, all proceeds will support UM Charles Regional Medical Center initiatives to expand health services throughout our entire community.

Don’t delay because the Crab Feast will be here before you know it!  For details regarding tickets or sponsorships, please visit the official event page or call us at (301) 609-4132 today. We can’t wait to see you there!

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation estimates that one in eight women in the United States will receive a breast cancer diagnosis at some point in her lifetime. Even more staggering is the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which states that nearly 41,000 women succumbed to the disease in 2013 alone.

Those sobering statistics don’t have to be things we accept as reality forever — that’s why UM Charles Regional Medical Center is an advocate of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and invites you to arm yourself with knowledge to better understand that early detection saves lives.

Here are some quick facts from our Online Health Library to help you determine your level of risk of developing breast cancer:

  • Age Factors: 77% of new breast cancer diagnoses are in women over the age of 50.
  • Personal Medical History: Women with a history of breast cancer in one breast have three to four times higher risk of developing a new cancer in the other breast.
  • Breast Density: Women with more lobular and ductal tissue (dense tissue) are more likely to develop breast cancer — it also makes it harder for doctors to see abnormal areas on a mammogram.
  • Family History: Women in families that have a history of breast cancer are at a higher risk for developing breast cancer.
  • Lifestyle: Alcohol use and obesity have both been linked to an increased risk factor. Conversely, a healthy diet and exercise is linked to a reduced rate.

There are more risk factors to consider for breast cancer. Visit our Online Health Library to see them all and learn more about the disease as a whole. While you’re there, be sure to read why it’s so important to get screened with regular mammograms and find out what other tests exist for detecting breast cancer.

Your learning doesn’t have to end here! You’re invited to take part in our upcoming Breast Cancer Symposium on October 25. Get an update on breast and ovarian cancer from our team of experts.  Here are the details for this great event:

Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 11:00AM – 2:00PM
Waldorf Jaycees Community Center
3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf

RSVP by 10/20 to 888-332-4847 or visit

Don’t Miss Our 22nd Annual Crab Feast on October 20

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With another successful Autumn Wine Tasting & Silent Auction in the books, it’s time to look forward to our next highly anticipated event, our 22nd Annual Crab Feast on Thursday, October 20.

Roll out the brown paper, grab your mallet and join us at Captain Billy’s Crab House in Newburg from 2:00-8:30pm. You’ll enjoy a full range of menu options, including all-you-can-eat crabs, as well as your choice of platters featuring shrimp, stuffed chicken breast, crab cakes, tilapia and more.

Tickets are on sale now. All-you-can-eat crab feast tickets are $55 per person and platter tickets start at $25 per person (children’s tickets are $8 each).

Sponsorships are also available! Sponsoring the Crab Feast is a great way to promote your business and support UM Charles Regional Medical Center. Don’t forget, ticket and sponsorship proceeds from this year’s Crab Feast will support initiatives to expand health services throughout our entire community.

For details about the Crab Feast, including purchasing tickets or securing a sponsorship, please visit the event page or call us at (301) 609-4132 today. We look forward to seeing you on October 20!

UM Charles Regional Center for Diabetes Education Earns National Accreditation as a Diabetes Education Program


A diabetes diagnosis comes with a lot of questions. Our recently opened Center for Diabetes Education is the place for patients to find the answers and get the knowledge they need to make the most of life with diabetes.

Don’t just take it from us. The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), a Nationally Accredited Organization certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, has accredited our Center for Diabetes Education as a Medicare Certified Diabetes Self-Management Education Program.

To achieve this accreditation, a diabetes program must meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Programs. Programs that meet this criteria are considered to be of the highest quality and have been shown to improve the health status of those who embrace the education provided.

University of Maryland Charles Regional Center for Diabetes Education is exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation in 2009,” said Accreditation Director for the Diabetes Education Program Leslie E. Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA.

The Center for Diabetes Education, located in La Plata, offers a variety of services, including individual evaluations, group education, insulin instruction, blood sugar meter training, nutrition instruction and injectable training. Through these comprehensive services, led by an extensively trained diabetes educator, people with diabetes gain the knowledge and skills necessary to modify behavior and successfully manage the disease and its related conditions.

“Our new Center for Diabetes Education works to arm patients with the answers they need to make the most of life with diabetes,” said Certified Diabetes Educator, Cindy Adams, RN, BSN, CDE. “It’s a big step forward for diabetes education in Charles County and southern Maryland as a whole.”

To learn more about our Center for Diabetes Education, visit our website or call (301) 609-4413 to schedule an appointment today.

Fight Childhood Obesity Throughout September


You’ve probably heard about it on the news, from your doctor or just from people who you talk to — obesity is a major public health issue in America. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that nearly one out of every five children in the United States are considered obese, and the obesity rate in American children has tripled over the past 30 years.

Children with obesity are more likely to remain so later in life, and obesity at any age is associated with serious medical issues, including high cholesterol, high blood sugar, asthma and mental health problems. September is both Childhood Obesity Month and Fruits and Veggies — More Matters Month, so it’s a great time to assess your child’s health and nutrition habits.

Here are just a few ways you can help support healthy growth in your children:

  • Ensure they get adequate sleep and eat the right amount of calories every day
  • Substitute high-nutrient, low-calorie foods like fruits and vegetables for high-calorie foods that have added sugars and solid fats
  • Provide them with water as a no-calorie alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Encourage them to participate in age-appropriate, enjoyable physical activities that promote aerobic, muscle and bone strength

Healthy habits start when children are young, so it’s important for you to lead by example. And making healthy eating and exercise a family priority provides an opportunity for family bonding. Cooking dinner as a family, starting a home garden or planning a family bike ride are all great ways to get every family member involved in healthy living.

Need help adding fruits and veggies to your meals? Here are some great ways to “get more” throughout your day. And if you’re still not convinced that you and your family need to eat more fruits and vegetables, be sure to check out this list.

The Final Countdown to the Autumn Wine Tasting and Silent Auction on Sept. 17th


The 19th Annual Autumn Wine Tasting and Silent Auction is right around the corner on September 17th from 6-10pm, and time is running out for you to get your tickets for this area-favorite event.

There’s something for everyone at our Autumn Wine Tasting, and there are so many reasons why you’ll want to be there. If you’re a wine aficionado, you’ll get to sample more than 30 selections from selected vineyards. If it’s food you’re after, the many flavors of Charles County won’t disappoint, as you’ll enjoy a wide variety from some of the area’s favorite restaurants.

Above the wine, food, live entertainment and extensive silent auction, however, the memories you’ll make with your closest friends and neighbors on the grounds of historic Port Tobacco Courthouse are what you’ll cherish most.

Only a small amount of general admission tickets to this popular fundraiser are available online now. And if you’re looking for a great way to increase exposure for your business, there’s still time to secure a sponsorship opportunity for the event. Don’t forget, while you’re enjoying everything the Autumn Wine Tasting has to offer, you’ll also be supporting initiatives to expand health services for our entire community.

We look forward to seeing you there!

UM Charles Regional Medical Center to Offer Health Screenings and Much More at Charles County Fair


The 93rd Annual Charles County Fair is a Southern Maryland tradition that’s been around since 1924, and it’s returning to the fairgrounds south of La Plata on September 15-18. In addition to all the farm animal exhibits, carnival rides, arts and crafts, food and, yes, even lawnmower racing, the fair will provide great opportunities to learn more about how you can live a healthier life on Kids Day, Friday, September 16. Here’s what you can expect from UM Charles Regional at the fair on that day:

Blood Pressure ScreeningsNearly one in three adults has hypertension or high blood pressure. If left untreated, these chronic conditions can damage internal organs. Get a free blood pressure screening from our team at the fair to see if you’re at risk and learn about risk factors as well as ways you can manage your blood pressure.

Car Seat Safety Education — If it’s not used properly, a car seat may not be able to protect your child in the event of an accident. We’ll tell you how to find the right car seat for your child and give you tips on how to install it properly to ensure that they’re as safe as possible.

Stroke Education — UM Charles Regional Medical Center has been recognized as a leader in the treatment of stroke patients, and we’ll transform you into a “Stroke Hero” by showing you how to spot the warning signs of stroke and how to react in the event that you see someone suffering from stroke. We’ll also help you understand your individual risk for stroke by sharing information about potential contributing factors for this health problem.

Diabetes Education — Whether you have diabetes or you’re at risk of developing it, we’re here to help you better understand this disease. Learn about our new diabetes center. Now taking new patients!

Healthy Treats on Kids Day — School-age kids get in free on Friday, September 16, and we’ll have some tasty, nutritious treats to share with them to celebrate the start of a fun weekend ahead and to promote healthy eating habits.

Information on Services Offered by UM Charles Regional — We offer a wide variety of services to patients across our community, and you’ll be able to learn more about our new Center for Wound Healing, comprehensive rehabilitation programs and our recently opened urgent care practice.

Baby Show — Think you have the most adorable baby? Enter your child in the Baby Fair on Saturday, September 17. This annual event is sponsored by our Birthing Center. Entrants will be divided into six different groups by age, and judging will be based on health, personality and appearance.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the Charles County Fair, and we hope you’ll stop by our booths to learn more about how we’re working to make Charles County a healthier place to live. For more information about the Charles County Fair, visit the official website today.



Autumn Wine Tasting Set For September 17 In Port Tobacco

The University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center’s 19th Annual Autumn Wine Tasting is in full planning mode as the committee and numerous community partners prepare for the September 17th fundraiser held at the Port Tobacco Courthouse.  

“It’s called a Wine Tasting event but it’s really so much more than that,” says Executive Director Susan Vogel. “Guests are amazed when they arrive, sponsors feel terrific knowing their business is receiving exposure while supporting a good cause, and we could not be more excited about coordinating this fundraiser for our community.”

A leadership team of Ingrid Anderson, Becky Hoffman and Carole Lewis, along with a talented committee are pulling out all the stops for this event. “We’re most excited about incorporating Maryland history into our theme for this year,” says Hoffman who has been a co-chair for six years and leads the tremendous efforts on the food tents. Hoffman shares that restaurants and food purveyors now come to her asking to be part of this, when in earlier years securing food sponsors was a challenge. “It shows how far we’ve come,” said Hoffman who represents Heavenly Catering and Events by Grace and will be serving shrimp dumplings, meatballs and chicken satay with dipping sauces.

The talent of Ingrid Anderson and her visionary committee will be showcased in the thoroughbred steeplechase décor blended with Maryland colors to reflect the hospital’s name. Floral and other design elements will help transform the venue for the evening. The famed silent auction, anchored by Carole Lewis and her talented crew is already brimming with items that “are sure to bring bidding wars” according to long time auction chair and current Foundation Board Chairman Lewis. A sneak peek of the auction item listing revealed Disney hopper passes, a two day stay at the Inn at Perry Cabin, trips and excursions throughout the mid-Atlantic region, jewelry, artwork and even a Maryland themed corn hole set. With some items set with “buy it now” features and others packaged creatively for bidders, the auction tables are something not to be missed.

According to organizers, when the event first started, it was held in people’s homes and over the years the event grew and so did the interest of businesses to participate. This year’s food vendors include Charles Street Bakery, Cool Beanz Coffee, County Manners, DJ’S Delectables and Exquisite Catering, Freethinkers Brewing Company, Heavenly Catering and Events by Grace, Michelle’s Cakes, Port Tobacco Restaurant, Red Oak Bistro, Spoons, Swan Point and US Foods.

The exclusive VIP reception is being hosted in the VIP tent this year by Bobby Rucci’s Italian Deli and Doughboys. The menu for this sold-out portion of the event includes Bobby’s Sweet Shrimp, Lasagna, Mama Rucci’s Meatballs, a Prosciutto and Olive Bar complete with aged cheeses, antipasto trays and famous cannoli which will be hand-made on site.  


Bobby, along with his wife Dianna and restaurant manager Joanne were hosts of the August 16 preview and sampling event for sponsors and committee members. The Rucci’s favorite part of the event is truly giving back and helping the hospital. “It feels great,” said Dianna Rucci. “Without the hospital, what would we have? I think what the Foundation does for the hospital is amazing.”

Now in their fourth year of participation, Port Tobacco Marina will be showcasing their famous Maryland wings as well as crab cakes with jalapeno aioli. Maura Dalsey and Chris Lawrence shared that the restaurant enjoys giving back to the community and getting exposure. The event “is so much fun to be a part of,” said Chef Lawrence, as he handed us a sample of his shrimp and grits dish which was a crowd favorite.


Michelle’s Cakes hails from Indian Head and is returning to the event for the third time. From lemon blueberry cupcakes and cannoli to their famed maple bacon minis and red velvet cupcakes, this bakery, owned by Michelle Koos, is bringing out all the stops for the September 17 fundraiser. “My favorite part of the night,” shared Michelle’s daughter Nikki, “is at the end of the night when people are more willing to try everything and take more samples.”


Is your restaurant  open to the public? Yes. That question is among the most frequent one answered by Joan Curley, a veteran of the Swan Point management team. “Most people don’t know that we are open to the public,” Joan explained, “so it is great for us to get that word out at this event. We have a beautiful venue and wonderful food tucked away in Swan Point.” Chef Sean Beeler was at her side inviting guests to sample his crab salad and tender beef brisket sliders with Old Bay BBQ sauce, and event guests will be thrilled with their offerings as the Club returns for their sixth year.

Among the crowd favorites is DJ’s Delectables and Exquisite Cuisine prepared by caterer Daniel Jefferson. Returning with his pasta station, Jefferson is proud to offer guests a chance to select their pasta, add their choice of chicken or shrimp, and toss in their choice of sauce which is all then gently “tossed to order”. Jefferson has been supporting the Wine Tasting since the early years in his role as Director of Nutritional Services at the medical center and also through his own catering business.

Rounding out the food stations will be 30+ wines to sample as guests stroll through the courtyard and take in the auction, live music, additional beverage stations, a wine boutique and cigar lounge. “Colonial Liquors has been a major partner of this event for years,” shared Susan Vogel. “We are grateful to Larry Edwards, Shelley Culhane and Mike Lyon for their efforts in making this event so reputable. We couldn’t do this event without them.”   

As the region’s provider of quality health care, we rely on philanthropy to help us advance our mission. That’s why this year proceeds from fundraising are helping to fund important initiatives that will help improve health and well-being of our entire community. Funds raised from events like the Wine Tasting will help ensure that your loved one or neighbor can count on expanded care and resources as we commit to improving the health of our community.

For additional information about the event or to purchase tickets or inquire about sponsorshipvisit the official event page or call 301-609-4132.

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