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UM Charles Regional Wine Tasting Gets Better With Age

Like a fine wine, some things get better with age.

After 17 years, the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center Wine Tasting has transformed into something more robust and delicious than ever. Get your tickets while you can. Only a limited number remain! The forecast is calling for sunny skies with the temperature falling into the low 70’s, making it ideal wine-tasting weather.

Tickets are available online, by phone at 301-609-4132 or at Colonial Liquors on Route 301 in La Plata. No tickets will be sold at the event.

We want to say thanks to everyone who will be coming out on September 20th. Proceeds from the event will help fund renovations to the UM Charles Regional Birthing Center and to upgrade to a Level II Specialty Newborn Nursery.

And there are still opportunities for you to be involved as an individual or as a business with a wide range of sponsorship levels. Sponsorship levels range from the $250 Sparkling All Star Sponsor to the $2,500 Double Gold Sponsorships. Aside from supporting a fantastic community-centered not-for-profit hospital, you’ll also gain great exposure and perks for your company. Check out the full range of sponsorship levels here.

So, raise a glass as we celebrate at the Historic Port Tobacco Courthouse, from 6:00pm – 10:00pm on September 20th, and raise funds to support healthy starts for new babies and their families.

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Charles Regional Medical Center Promotes Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

According to The National Cancer Institute (NCI),. prostate cancer symptoms may not appear for several years. When symptoms do occur, it’s often too late for prevention; as the disease has usually progressed beyond your prostate, typically affecting your urinary system.

Dr. Boris Naydich, Radiation Oncologist and Dr. Vladimir Kakitelashvili, Urologist, discussed the prevention, treatment, and advancements in Prostate Cancer at the annual UM Charles Regional Medical Center prostate cancer forum, titled “Good Things Come To Those Who Don’t Wait.” Dr. Naydich stated that taking preventative steps in prostate cancer “…is the way to go, to diagnose prostate cancer when it is not detectable…” through physical symptoms.

Prostate cancer continues to be the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men in the United States. The National Cancer Institute states that one in six men will get prostate cancer during their lifetime. In its Cancer Facts and Figures 2014, the American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that 5,000 men in Maryland will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 550 will die from it in 2014. In the US, approximately 233,000 men will be diagnosed and 29,480 will die from prostate cancer in 2014. The absence of immediate symptoms is first reason why we strongly recommend scheduling a prostate screening to promote early detection. The American Cancer Society suggests all males discuss a regular screening schedule with their doctor.

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month— Check out more information about Prostate Cancer Awareness Month http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/prostate/basic_info/infographic.htm

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Still Time to Sponsor the 17th Annual Wine Tasting

The event will be sold out. It’s a night of great wine, great food and great people who care about the community.

While tickets are starting to get scarce, plenty of opportunities remain for local businesses to join our growing list of sponsors at the 17th Annual Wine Tasting. Your support of the September 20 celebration at the Historic Port Tobacco Courthouse raises funds to renovate UM Charles Regional’s Birthing Center, improving the experience for new mothers, babies and their families.

While our Presenting Sponsorships are all reserved, a full range of sponsorship levels are available, with various options from the $250 Sparkling All Star Sponsor to the $2,500 Double Gold Sponsorships. All sponsors have their company name included on ads and promotions before, during and after the event. Each new level adds more exposure and more perks for your business.

Download our Wine Tasting sponsorship flyer for more information and to print out your sponsorship commitment form.

Thanks to all for your support.

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UM CRMC Awarded the 2014 Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award

LA PLATA, MD. — Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Maryland, has awarded the 2014 Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award for Quality Improvement to University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata, MD.

The award honors individual hospitals that excel in patient safety and quality improvement. To receive the Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award, a hospital must meet specific performance improvement criteria on 14 measures in four national inpatient clinical areas: acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, surgical care improvement, and pneumonia.

“We are pleased to recognize University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center with this award,” said Dr. Columbus Giles, Delmarva Foundation’s Chief Medical Officer. “Recipients of this award possess a strong commitment to excellence and to improving the quality of care for their patients. We commend their achievements and look forward to continuing our collaboration with them to improve the health of Maryland’s Medicare beneficiaries.”

“This award is an honor for the hospital on so many levels,” said Dr. Mark Dumais, Chief Medical Officer of UM Charles Regional. “Providing for patient safety and quality care is understandably the hospital’s number one priority and to be recognized for elevating our outcomes in both of these areas speaks to the excellent communication and collaboration of everyone on staff.”

From Left to Right: Maggie Eller, Performance Improvement Coordinator, Paula Hancock, Administrative Assistant, Mary Harman, Infection Control, Sara Middleton, Board Member, Dr. Columbus Giles, Chief Medical Officer, Delmarva Foundation, Louis Jenkins, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Directors, UM CRMC, David Hupp, Performance Improvement Data Technician, Doreen Wallace, Performance Improvement Coordinator, Dr. Dianna Abney, Health Officer Charles County, Michael Cady, Board Member, Florence Moran, Patient Safety Officer, Kofi Cash, Director, Performance Improvement, Dr. Mark Dumais, Chief Medical Officer, UM CRMC, Marillyn Zachariah, Performance Improvement

 

 

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Cheers to Charles Regional Medical Center – The 17th Annual Wine Tasting

Get ready to swirl, sniff, sip and repeat because it’s almost time for one of Charles County’s
most sought-after and savory evenings — The 17th Annual Wine Tasting to benefit Charles
Regional Medical Center
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This year’s tasting will be held the evening of Saturday, September 20th at the historic Port
Tobacco Courthouse. Guests will enjoy a highly diversified sampling of fine wines from local
vineyards, vintner’s and wineries, as well as gourmet foods from around the region and live
entertainment.

While sipping on some of their favorite vintages, guests may also partake in wine seminars, a
silent auction, cigar lounge and wine boutique. For those preferring wine-alternatives, a full bar
will be on hand, as well as a smattering of specialty ales.

Come enjoy this popular autumn event and support UM Charles Regional Medical Center –
your community hospital.

Tickets may be purchased online and VIP tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still
available.

We look forward to toasting with you there!

17th Annual Wine Tasting
Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Port Tobacco Courthouse – Chapel Point Road, Port Tobacco, MD 20677
Early Discount Cutoff Date: September 5, 2014
*Please note, tickets are limited and will NOT be available at the door.

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Charles County Health Needs Assessment – Your input is important!
University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center is conducting an assessment to determine the current health needs of Charles County. This process will identify the important health issues that the county is currently facing and provide tools for the development of new strategies to improve the health of our community. As a valued community partner, your input is vital to the process. The survey should take you no more than 10 minutes and the results are completely anonymous. To share your opinion about the county’s health needs, click here and complete the survey. Together, we can make a significant difference in the health of our community.

 

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Southern Maryland Mission of Mercy Provides Hundreds with Free Dental Care

Hundreds of people lined up this past Friday morning, some as early as 1 AM, outside North Point High School in Waldorf for a chance to receive dental services – for free. Sponsored in part by UM Charles Regional Medical Center, Southern Maryland’s Mission of Mercy employed the volunteer services of more than 100 dentists and oral surgeons, 20 hygienists and over 400 more volunteers to provide dental services to 700 people in need.

Those in attendance received services such as cleanings, fillings, extractions, and even root canals – all from licensed professionals and free of charge.

Here are a few photos of this weekend’s event and WJLA’s media coverage.

Photos Courtesy of Charles County Department of Health

Mission of Mercy events are held twice a year in Southern Maryland. For information on the next clinic dates, stay tuned to http://www.southernmdmom.org/.

A huge thank you to all the volunteers who made this Mission of Mercy dental clinic such a

tremendous success. UM Charles Regional was thrilled to play a part in such a needed and worthwhile event!

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REMINDER – Plan Your Route to UM CRMC During Road Closure

Beginning Monday, July 21, through Friday, July 25, 2014, CSX Transportation will repair the railroad crossing on MD-6 (Charles Street). This work will require the temporary closure of the road in La Plata for up to five days. No vehicles will be able to cross the tracks during this time.

Motorists will still be able to access the hospital or physician offices via alternative routes. Emergency traffic to University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center (UM CRMC) can stay on MD-6 (Charles Street) and follow the blue “H” signs.

Commuters should allow extra travel time in their schedule as the closure will result in increased traffic and probable delays along designated detour routes and other alternative travel routes. For access routes to UM CRMC, UM Charles Regional OB/GYN, UM Vascular Center and UM Surgical Care, see the map below.

Travelers may also visit MD511.org to plan their routes in advance. For more information about the closure, contact the Charles County Government Citizen’s Liaison Office at 301-645-0550. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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Top Tips for Skin Cancer Prevention

With so many of us headed to the beach and spending our weekends lounging poolside, it’s no wonder that July is National UV Safety Month. We pack our beach bag with sunscreen and sunglasses and maybe think to throw in a floppy hat and some lip balm. But are we re-applying as often as we should? Are we using a high enough SPF? Are we REALLY treating the sun like the threat that it is?

FACT: According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer over the course of a lifetime.

But there is good news. Prevention is easy and can save lives. Here are the Skin Cancer Foundation’s top tips for prevention:

  • Seek shade between 10 AM – 4 PM.

  • Don’t allow yourself to burn.

  • Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.

  • Cover up with clothing, including a broad brimmed hat and UV blocking sunglasses.

  • Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

  • Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.

  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.

  • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.

  • See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.

For additional fun-in-the-sun safety tips, read the Skin Cancer Foundation’s guidelines specifically for golfers and beachgoers.

Have a SUN-SAFE and HEALTHY summer!

 

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Plan Your Alternate Route to UM CRMC During Repairs to Rail Crossing

Beginning Monday, July 21, through Friday, July 25, 2014, CSX Transportation will repair the railroad crossing on MD-6 (Charles Street). This work will require the temporary closure of the road in La Plata for up to five days. No vehicles will be able to cross the tracks during this time.

Motorists will still be able to access the hospital or physician offices via alternative routes. Emergency traffic to University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center (UM CRMC) can stay on MD-6 (Charles Street) and follow the blue “H” signs.

While the State Highway Administration and its transportation partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving to help prevent crashes. Stay alert and look for reduced speed limits, narrowing driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Drivers, passengers and workers are all at risk. Commuters should allow extra travel time in their schedule as the closure will result in increased traffic and probable delays along designated detour routes and other alternative travel routes. Safer driving. Safer work zones. For everyone. Travelers may also visit MD511.org to plan their routes in advance.

For more information about access routes to UM CRMC, UM Charles Regional OB/GYN, UM Vascular Center and UM Surgical Care, see this map.

For more information about the closure, contact the Charles County Government Citizen’s Liaison Office at 301-645-0550. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

 

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