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

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

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.

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.

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.

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 for 1pm on April 12, 2015 (restrictions apply).

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).

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.

Contribution: $1,000  for a Party of 2
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.

$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.


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.

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:



FEMA: and click on the “Winter Storms” link

American Red Cross: and click on “Winter Storm”

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.

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.



UM CRMC Receives Grants for Emergency Generators

The University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center (UM CRMC) has received a $2 million Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to replace three emergency generators and automatic transfer switches, which ensure the hospital can continue providing critical services during extended power outages.


Since 2007, both patient volumes and the size of the hospital campus at UM CRMC have grown substantially. In addition, the electrical requirements of the hospital have grown due to increased use of technologies such as electronic health records, computerized drug dispensing machines, and other high tech diagnostic and treatment equipment which must always be available for patient care – 24/7.

The three existing emergency generators at UM CRMC are 600 KVA, 500 KVA and a 300 KVA for a total of 1400 KVA. Each of the existing generators serves an independent wing of the hospital. This new system will provide a total of 3000 KVA or 1000 KVA from each of the three new emergency generators being installed. These new high efficiency emergency generators will serve the entire hospital via a computerized system that will be able to shift electrical loads as needed.

“An upgraded emergency power system will assure the continuity of operations in the event of an extended power failure” said Noel A. Cervino, President and CEO. The Southern Maryland region has firsthand experience with this because of events such as the 2002 tornado, Hurricanes Irene and Sandy and the DERECHO. “As Charles County’s only hospital it is critical we are always prepared and ready for every emergency” says Cervino.

“We are grateful for the support and guidance we received from our elected officials, including U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, Congressman Steny Hoyer, Maryland Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, Senator Mac Middleton, Delegates Sally Jameson, CT Wilson and County Commissioner President Peter Murphy. Securing the federal and state grants to improve our emergency power system was a real team effort for the benefit of the patients we serve” said Cervino.

Donate Blood on January 26th as UM CRMC and the Red Cross Honor Blood Donors

Donating blood saves lives, and UM CRMC and the Red Cross salute those who take the time to give blood. Did you know that hospital patients nationwide need about 44,000 blood donations daily for cancer care, surgeries, and the treatment of serious diseases and trauma?

Be a hero today. Donate blood and save a life during Blood Donor Month. Register today to donate blood on January 26th at the Blood Drive at American Legion Post 82 in La Plata.12396_CRMC_BloodDrive_BlogPost_JAN23_600x245_BF_i1

Date: January 26, 2014
Time: 1pm – 6:30pm
Phone: 1-800-GIVE-LIFE

Since 1970, the Red Cross has been honoring those who donate blood and help save the lives of others in January. This is one of the most challenging times of year for blood donation. Busy post-holiday schedules and winter weather make it harder for donors to get to appointments to donate the blood that their community needs.

To find out more about how to give blood in January or at any time of year, contact The Red Cross of Southern Maryland or UM CRMC.

Celebrate Sweet Starts at the “C” Ball—Candy Land Gala

The “C” Ball is back!

Indulge yourself in a high-energy evening for a sweet cause at the “C” Ball — Candy Land Gala on February 21. Enjoy live music by the Metro area’s top dance band, Free Spirit, in a designer-inspired themed venue. With interactive cuisine stations and a “sweet escapes” auction, you’ll be in good company at this formal affair while raising funds to support healthy starts for newborns. 12396_CRMC_CBall_BlogPost_JAN16_600x245_BF_i1

Proceeds Benefit the UM CRMC Birthing Center and Nursery
February 21, 2015 | 8pm — Midnight
Middleton Hall, Waldorf
Dress: Black Tie Encouraged. “Sweet Fashion” Welcomed.

Advance reservations only. All reservations include admission to the Gala, Heavy Hors D’oeuvres, Open Bar, Live Music, Dancing and Silent Auction. Make your reservations today by visiting our website or by calling 301-609-4132.


Gala Reservations
8pm Gala admittance
Early Bird Pricing: $125 through February 1, 2015 and $150 each after

VIP Reservations (limited availability)
6pm Gala admittance
Dinner includes a Chef Inspired Menu finished with Hand-Crafted Gourmet Desserts
Early Bird Pricing: $175 each through February 1, 2015 and $200 each after

“Late-Night” Reservations
9:30pm Gala admittance
Early Bird Pricing: $75 through February 1, and $100 each after


Important Information About “The Flu” for UM CRMC Patients and Visitors

We are in the midst of the 2014-2015 Influenza (“flu”) season, and activity is high across the region and the United States.12396_CRMC_Jan15_NewFluVisitingHrs_BLOG_CM_i1

Our top priority at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center is the health and safety of our patients, staff, visitors and community. We are therefore implementing a modified visitor policy to help prevent the spread of flu.

The following modified visitor policy is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice:

  • No one under age 18 (except if parent of a patient) is permitted to visit inpatient units.
  • Do not bring children under 18 with for outpatient or doctor visits, unless the appointment is for the child.
  • Only 2 adult visitors allowed per patient at a time.
  • Visitors exhibiting flu symptoms – runny nose, fever, and cough – are not permitted to visit hospital patients.

Thank you for your understanding and help in fighting the flu.

We’re Raising Awareness About Cervical Health in January

The United States Congress designated January as Cervical Health Awareness Month.

During this month, The National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) and healthcare providers like UM CRMC work to raise awareness about cervical health and highlight issues related to cervical cancer, HPV and the importance of early detection.12396_CRMC_OBGYN_BlogPost_JAN13_600x245_BF_i1

The NCCC offers information about raising awareness of the importance of screenings for cervical health, immunization for HPV and advances in cervical cancer research at their website. You can also read the fact sheet “10 Things To Know About HPV”.

UM CRMC has the resources that women need to monitor their reproductive health. Our website has more information about cervical health in our Online Health Library. Get educated about cervical health today. To schedule a preventative screening, a checkup or a visit to a women’s health expert, contact UM Charles Regional OB/GYN today.

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