UM Charles Regional Imaging Now Open in La Plata

Charles Regional Imaging Now Open

You shouldn’t have to travel great distances to get a high-quality CT scan, MRI or ultrasound.
And if you live in or near Southern Maryland, you don’t have to anymore.

UM Charles Regional Imaging is now open in La Plata, and it’s home to an experienced team of board-certified University of Maryland faculty radiologists and highly skilled technologists who provide imaging services to diagnose a full range of conditions.

Employing advanced techniques and utilizing cutting-edge equipment, UM Charles Regional Imaging is now the most convenient location to receive the highest-quality advanced medical imaging services in our area. It’s just another way UM Charles Regional’s array of services can help put you back on a path to renewed health.

You can find UM Charles Regional Imaging at 5 North La Plata Court, Suite 104, here in La Plata. To schedule your appointment or to learn more about this new practice, visit its new website or call (301) 539-0345.

UM Charles Regional Urgent Care Takes the Stress Out of High School Sports Physicals


Getting your child’s high school sports physical shouldn’t be a hassle, so UM Charles Regional Urgent Care is making it easy.

If your son or daughter is getting ready play this fall, the experienced, compassionate team at La Plata’s most convenient urgent care practice is here to make sure they’re ready to go. Here’s how UM Charles Regional Urgent Care is taking the stress out of getting a high school sports physical.

You Can Get it Done on Your Schedule
Your life is busy — we get that. So UM Charles Regional Urgent Care offers flexible hours, seven days a week. From 9am-9pm on weekdays and 9am-6pm on weekends, your child can come by and get the high school sports physical they need, right here in La Plata.

You Don’t Need an Appointment
Unlike your family doctor, UM Charles Regional Urgent Care doesn’t require you to set an appointment ahead of time. Something change in your schedule and can’t make it? No problem. Just come by whenever you’re ready!

You Can Avoid Long Wait Times
Before you head over to UM Charles Regional Urgent Care, see estimated wait times and check in online ahead of time. You’ll be able to spend more time at home and less time sitting in a waiting room.

Have any questions about high school sports physicals completed at UM Charles Regional Urgent Care or need directions? Call (301) 609-4699 or visit our urgent care website today.

20th Annual Autumn Wine Tasting & Silent Auction Tickets Now on Sale

Autumn Wine Tasting

2017 marks the anniversary of two decades of one of the region’s most popular annual events.

You won’t want to miss the 20th Annual Autumn Wine Tasting & Silent Auction on Saturday, September 9. From 6pm to 10pm, join us on the ground of the historic Port Tobacco Courthouse.

This monumental year will be full of many of the same historic luxuries of the event, including samplings of some of the best food and drink from all over the area, live music and premium auction items. New in this 20th year will be an enhanced VIP reception, which will allow guests to enjoy tastings, samplings and exclusive access of the venue for a full hour before the gates open.

Best of all, proceeds from your ticket purchase directly support UM Charles Regional Medical Center’s plans for establishing a new Center for Breast Health, which will help meet the goal of providing hope, support and care for our family, friends and community members as they cope with breast care issues.

With Early Bird Pricing ending on August 25, you won’t want to wait to purchase your tickets. General admission tickets are just $90 each, and VIP tickets are $150 each (VIP tickets are available in limited quantities).

Motivated to make a difference? Consider donating an item for the silent auction by contacting Holly Gonzalez at (301) 609-4319 or Or become a sponsor for this year’s event — you’ll be promoting your business and supporting a worthy cause at the same time!

Purchas Tickets Become a Sponsor



We look forward to seeing you there!

Tickets must be purchased in advance, and you must be at least 21 years old to attend this event.

5 Summer Safety Tips You Need to Know

Summer Safety Tips

With great weather and all sorts of fun activities going on, it can be easy to forget about taking the necessary steps to stay safe during the warmest months. But if you don’t want to let any heat- or sun-related illnesses or injuries derail your plans this summer, here are five tips worth following:

Apply Sunscreen Regularly

The number of skin cancer cases is rising every year in the United States, and, according to the American Cancer Society, exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays is the biggest reason why. You can combat the harmful effects of UV rays by applying sunscreen with 15 SPF or better about 30 minutes before you head outside and at least every two hours once you’re in the sun.

If you have children, our Online Health Library has some great tips on how to keep them protected in addition to sunscreen.

Stay Hydrated Throughout the Day

When your body loses too much water, it’s less able to maintain adequate blood pressure, deliver sufficient oxygen and nutrients to cells and rid itself of wastes.

Going to be outside for extended periods of time? Make sure to bring plenty of water to replenish yourself throughout the day. Avoid alcoholic beverages or any drinks containing caffeine because these often have a diuretic effect.

If you’re going to be exercising outside, the American Council on Exercise recommends drinking at least 6-8 ounces of water for every 15-20 minutes of exercise, so plan accordingly, and be sure to properly hydrate yourself before you head out the door.

Choose the Right Time to Be Outside

One of the best ways you can avoid dehydration, sunburns and heat-related injuries is by choosing the right time to go outside. It’ll be hottest during the middle of the day and when it’s most humid. Consider going outside earlier or later in the day when the heat and the sun aren’t so intense.

Listen to What Your Body is Telling You

More than anything, you need to pay attention to your body. On the hottest days, be aware of how your body is reacting to the weather to avoid heat stroke. Some of the telltale signs of heat-related illnesses include:

  • Cramps
  • Moist, Pale Skin
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Heavy Sweating
  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Dark Urine

Check on Others, Especially the Elderly and Disabled

You can help others stay safe this summer, too. Pay attention to your friends and family to ensure they’re doing okay out in the sun.

Give special attention to the elderly and people with disabilities — they’re often more vulnerable to high temperatures and may not be able to get help without someone intervening. Stay in touch with older members of your family and regularly check on those who often require extra care and attention.

Recognizing UM Charles Regional Medical Center’s Leadership Southern Maryland Graduates


“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
John Quincy Adams

In 2017, Leadership Southern Maryland continued its mission of grooming future leaders from the government, business and nonprofit sectors.

Since 2008, nine members of our team have graduated from Leadership Southern Maryland and can attest to the personal and professional foundation it provides. This nine-month development program, which focuses on strengthening our community and nurturing leadership qualities among active professionals, has been a powerful facilitator for members of our community who are looking to build a better tomorrow.

We’re thrilled to congratulate our the manager of our Population Health Management Department, Mary Hannah, RN, BSN, CDE, for being the newest graduate to come from UM Charles Regional Medical Center .

We’re certain that tomorrow is in good hands with today’s leaders. And we’re especially proud of all our Leadership Southern Maryland graduates.

UM Charles Regional Medical Center Honored for Stroke Treatment Excellence


We’re proud to announce that UM Charles Regional Medical Center has once again been honored by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for excellence in treating stroke patients.

Recognized with a Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and a Target: Stroke℠ Honor Roll Elite designation as part of the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke® program, our hospital has continued to provide quick diagnoses and prompt interventions for patients suffering from strokes.

Which hospitals receive these designations?

Hospitals that receive a Get with the Guidelines Gold Plus Achievement Award and an Honor Roll Elite Designation have reached a high standard of treating stroke patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for 24 consecutive months. In addition, this recognition means that the awarded hospital has demonstrated that it meets stroke quality measures during the 12-month period.

These quality measures are designed to help hospitals follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines to speed recovery and reduce death and disability for stroke patients.

Why is speed so important?

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability, but many of its long-term, most damaging effects can be avoided or minimized with immediate medical intervention.

What do these awards mean to the community?

We are so honored by this award because of what it represents for our community. As a Primary Stroke Center, we are committed to maintaining a heightened state of readiness for stroke patients so that we can deliver rapid, expert care when it’s needed most.

About Get With The Guidelines®

Get With The Guidelines® puts the unparalleled expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Developed with the goal to save lives and hasten recovery, Get With The Guidelines programs have touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit

Join us for a Conversation About Mental Health and Substance Abuse on June 27

A Community Conversation About Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Join us here at UM Charles Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, June 27, from 8:30am to 12pm for a special livestream event about mental health and substance abuse topics, including:

  • Mood Disorders
  • Trauma and Violence
  • Addiction and Substance Abuse
  • Mental Wellness and Recovery

Streamed live from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, this event will feature keynote speaker Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD.

Dr. Jamison is an American author and clinical psychologist who has suffered from bipolar disorder since early adulthood. Having personally struggled with severe mania, depression and suicidal thoughts for decades, she will provide unique insight into the clinical and non-clinical challenges for people who suffer from serious mood disorders, and she will work to debunk the myths surrounding these disorders.

This event is completely free and open to the public, but seating is limited, so you’re encouraged to RSVP now. To reserve your spot, please visit our website or call (888) 332-4847 today.

Learn the Warning Signs and the Leading Cause of Stroke During American Stroke Month

American Stroke Month

Did you know that stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disabilities for Americans?

Did you also know that 80% of strokes can be avoided? That’s right, strokes, which claim the lives of more than 133,000 Americans every year, are largely preventable, according to the American Stroke Association (ASA).

That’s why we’re proud proponents of American Stroke Month, which takes place every May. This year, the ASA is focusing its efforts on spreading awareness about stroke symptoms as well as the leading cause of strokes, high blood pressure.

How to Spot the Symptoms of Stroke — Think F.A.S.T.
Your ability to spot stroke symptoms and act quickly might mean the difference between life and death or between a full recovery and long-term disability. Want an easy way to remember the warning signs? Just think F.A.S.T.

Face Drooping — Does one side of the face droop or feel numb? Ask the person to smile and see if it appears uneven.

Arm Weakness — Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms and watch if one drifts downward.

Speech Difficulty/Slurring — Is speech slurred or hard to understand, even for simple sentences?

Time to Call 911 — If you or someone else shows any of these symptoms, even if they go away, call 911 immediately.

The Leading Cause of Stroke? High Blood Pressure.
Although the risk of stroke increases as you age, strokes can occur at any age, and they affect people of every race and gender. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to reduce your individual risk.

Beyond family history and other unavoidable health factors that contribute to your risk level, your lifestyle choices, including smoking, diet and exercise habits, play a pivotal role in determining your likelihood of having a stroke.

The ASA emphasizes that high blood pressure makes people more vulnerable than any other factor, however. That’s because high blood pressure increases your chances of having a clot or rupture interrupt blood flow to the brain. They also note that 1 in 6 adults with high blood pressure doesn’t know he or she has it, so this is the perfect month to go get your blood pressure checked.

Visit our Online Health Library to learn more about high blood pressure, its contributing factors and ways you can work on lowering your blood pressure. In addition, you should also take our Stroke Risk Assessment to understand your risk for having a stroke — it takes just a couple minutes, and it could make all the difference.

Prepare for the Tough, Necessary Decisions Ahead During National Healthcare Decisions Week


The idea that you or a loved one may one day be unable to make or communicate your decisions about your own health, well-being and care is understandably difficult to talk about, let alone think about.

During National Healthcare Decisions Week, however, you’re encouraged to talk openly with your family and friends about this serious topic and discuss the necessary choices that will need to be made should that day ever come, for you or them.

National Healthcare Decisions Week will take place from April 16 to April 22, and this year’s theme is once again “It always seems too early, until it’s too late.”

Throughout the week, you should be discussing advance directives, which are the easiest way to communicate your wishes if you are unable.

Advance directives come in two main forms. The first, healthcare power of attorney, empowers a designated person to make all the decisions, and this is the perfect time to have an open, honest conversation with the person you choose so that they are fully prepared to handle that responsibility. The second form, a living will, provides clear direction for which medical treatments you do or do not want if you can’t communicate.

These are difficult choices to make, regardless of who you’re making them with. So if you’re not sure where to begin, the National Healthcare Decisions Week website has broken down each day of the week into smaller, more manageable topics.

Sunday, April 16: Prepare — A day to get your resources together

Monday, April 17: Start with Yourself — A day to think about your own decisions

Tuesday, April 18: Family/Friends/Loved Ones — A day to discuss your wishes and learn the

wishes of others

Wednesday, April 19: Spread the Word — A day to encourage others to have conversations about

their decisions

Thursday, April 20: Facilities Focus — A day to discover advance-care planning services from

healthcare providers

Friday, April 21: Professionals Preparedness — A day to ensure your chosen professional services

(healthcare, clergy, legal, etc.) will be able to manage your advance-care plans

Saturday, April 22: Reflection and Readiness — A day to look back on your week and file/share

your advance-care plans so they will be available if they’re needed

Visit to learn more about the importance of talking about and making these decisions. This is your opportunity to ensure that you or your loved ones are cared for in the manner you or they prefer.


Hit the Links in Support of Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation on May 17-18


Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Southern Maryland Women’s Golf Invitational and annual Golf Classic, both favorites among local golfers, return next month.

We say “Golf for Good Health” because proceeds from both of these annual events support our foundation’s initiatives to provide vital technology upgrades at our hospital and expand access to health care for our entire community.

Want to hit the links with us? Check out the details below, and reserve your foursome now. Or register as a sponsor to support a great cause while promoting your business to an energized group of golfers.

Early Bird pricing runs through April 28 and both tournaments are limited to 144 golfers each, so don’t wait to reserve your spot!

Have any questions about these events? Give us a call at (301) 609-4132. (more…)

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