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 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.

Take Precautions Against The Flu and Know When To Visit The ER

It’s flu season. Take precautions against spreading influenza by reducing your risk. If you do become ill, it is important to know when you or your child should come in to the ER to be treated for your illness.12396_CRMC_Jan8_Flu-Season_BLOG_CM_i1

Influenza is a viral infection of the lungs and airways that is spread from person to person through the air by coughing and sneezing.  It is also spread by direct contact with infected people or contaminated objects like door handles or computer keyboards.  We ask all visitors to utilize the alcohol-based hand sanitizers that are widely available around the medical center.

Influenza and the common cold both have symptoms that affect the throat and nose, but influenza symptoms are usually more severe than cold symptoms. These symptoms include a high fever (over 100°F) stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, and cough. Other symptoms of influenza include headache, tiredness, body aches and chills.

If you think you or someone in your family has influenza, get plenty of rest at home; drink fluids like juice, water or hot tea; and take an over-the-counter pain reliever for muscle aches and fever.

If you are wondering if you need to visit the Emergency Department, look for warning signs that require urgent medical attention before coming to the hospital:

In children:

  • High or prolonged fever
  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids (dehydration)
  • Changes in mental status, such as not waking up or not interacting; being so irritable that the child does not want to be held; or seizures
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions (for example, heart or lung disease, diabetes)

In adults:

  • High or prolonged fever
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest
  • Near-fainting or fainting
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions (for example, heart or lung disease, diabetes)

For more information about the flu, visit:


Have A Safe and Healthy New Year — Don’t Drink and Drive on New Year’s Eve

Here at UM CRMC, we want you to have a happy and safe New Year, and drinking and driving isn’t part of it. In Maryland, someone dies in a drunk driving-related accident every 58 hours.

12234_CRMC_HappyNewYear_BlogPost_Dec31_600x480_LT_i3If you’ve decided to celebrate the New Year with alcohol, make sure that you don’t get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Arrange for a designated driver to take you home. If you get to a holiday celebration and realize that you’re going to be drinking, don’t drive yourself home. Call a friend or call a taxi. Never get into a car to drive anywhere with someone who has been drinking.

Have a safe, healthy and happy New Year. Don’t drink and drive and don’t let others drink and drive.

Spreading Holiday Cheer: UM CRMC Supports the Christmas Connection Toy Drive

12234_CRMC_Dec19_Toys_Facebook_BF_i1We’re helping make the holidays a little happier this year for families in Charles County through the Christmas Connection Toy Drive.

Our staff has collected dozens of new, unwrapped toys and raised funds to help support this mission and help every family we can have a happy, healthy holiday season.

Christmas Connection is the largest Christmas program in Charles County. The program includes five human service agencies that have combined their efforts to provide food and gifts for Charles County’s neediest families through donated funds, goods and services. Annually, 3,000 children receive their Christmas toys, gifts, clothes, and food through this program.

UM CHARLES REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER Recognized By The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®

University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center (UM CRMC) is honored to be named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for 2013 by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.

This is the third year UM CRMC has been recognized as a Top Performer. UM CRMC was recognized in 2012 and 2011 for its performance on accountability measure data for surgical care, pneumonia care and heart failure care measure sets. UM CRMC is one of only 314 hospitals to achieve the Top Performer distinction for the past three consecutive years. Information about past Top Performer achievements and other awards is available at


“We are honored to have been recognized as a Top Performer by The Joint Commission for the third consecutive year,” said Noel Cervino, President and CEO of UM CRMC. “We’re proud to have demonstrated that maintaining a high standard of care is our top priority.”

This achievement honors the hospital’s commitment to ensuring that evidence-based interventions are delivered in the right way and at the right time, leading to better outcomes for patients and demonstrating a high standard of care. Ratings are based on patient care data reported to the Joint Commission throughout 2013. UM CRMC has gained this special recognition for the surgical care, pneumonia care and heart failure care measure sets.

“This award is the result of the hard work and dedication of our staff,” says Mark Dumais, MD, Chief Medical Officer at UM CRMC. “By delivering these evidence-based interventions to our patients so consistently, we’ve been able to make a positive impact on the health of our patients.”

As a Top Performer, UM CRMC is listed in the America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety — The Joint Commission’s Annual Report released on in November 13, 2014, and on The Joint Commission website

For more information about this award or UM Charles Regional Medical Center, contact Tina M. Anderson, Marketing Specialist, at 301-609-4396 or

About UM Charles Regional Medical Center

UM Charles Regional Medical Center is a regional, not-for-profit, integrated health system serving Charles County and the surrounding areas of Southern Maryland. We constantly reinvest resources into the community with innovative technology, community health education, and care for the poor. For more information, visit

Renovations in full swing at the UM CRMC Birthing Center

Big things are happening at the UM CRMC Birthing Center. We’re excited to report that the renovations are proceeding on schedule. Contractors are working hard to get everything ready for newborns and their families. We expect to re-open the mother/baby wing in early 2015.

IMG_0167Keep checking back here for all of the latest updates about what’s happening at the Birthing Center, information about programs and services for moms at UM CRMC and announcements about the re-opening of the mother/baby wing in early 2015. It’s going to be exciting, and we can’t wait to show off our beautiful new facility to our expectant families.

The CRMC Foundation is proud to have focused their fundraising efforts in 2014 on fully preparing the hospital to meet its growing needs. Charitable gifts are still being accepted and will help renovate the existing maternal/child health wing. Contributions will also help our Birthing Center expand our facility with a Level II Specialty Newborn nursery so that our community’s newest citizens receive a safe healthy start in surroundings that feel like home.

There’s so much going on at our newly renovated at the UM CRMC Birthing Center as we strive to make sure that every baby born here has a beautiful start.


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