It’s Healthcare Decisions Day — Are You Ready?

It’s not a subject anyone wants to consider, but it is something that you have to be prepared for — the possibility that you may, at some point in your life, be unable to make or articulate your own healthcare decisions.

National Healthcare Decisions Day reminds us that the best way to make sure that your wishes are honored in the event that you can’t make the decisions yourself is to write it all down for your loved ones.

Your family and friends will already be going through a difficult time. If they’re burdened with trying to figure out what you would want, that only creates more stress for them. Take the time to articulate your healthcare choices, including organ donation and end-of-life decisions. Take charge of your health care and make life easier for those who love you.

NHDD Speak Up Video from NHDD on Vimeo.

Learn more about why it is so important to make sure that all of your health care decisions are made and everything is in order for your family. Your decisions matter.



UM Charles Regional Salutes Our Volunteers As We Celebrate National Volunteer Week

It’s National Volunteer Week, and we’d like to take this opportunity to recognize the amazing contributions of our volunteers. We’re fortunate to be part of a great community here in Southern Maryland.

One of the best aspects of our community is the legacy of selflessness and volunteerism that has enabled us to find wonderful, generous people to donate their time and energy to the hospital. Our volunteers selflessly serve where they’re needed the most, helping their neighbors when they’re in need and making their days, and ours, brighter.

UM Charles Regional Medical Center salutes our excellent and inspiring volunteers. You’ll find them all over the hospital every day. These men and women help make sure that everything runs smoothly and help our staff make Charles Regional the best possible place for our patients to get well.

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference in your community? We can use your help. Charles Regional is always looking for more volunteers. Whether you have experience in a hospital setting or not, you can help make a difference.

Sign up now on our website to find the right opportunity for you, and celebrate National Volunteer Week by making a commitment to serve.

Run For A Cause — The St. Charles Running Festival Benefits the Birthing Center at UM Charles Regional

The St. Charles Running Festival on Saturday, April 11, will benefit UM Charles Regional Medical Center. That means even more opportunities for you to have a great time while helping babies get off to a healthy start as we run to raise money for the UM Charles Regional Medical Center Birthing Center and Nursery. April3_BLOG

We’re so proud to be the charitable beneficiary partner of this wonderful event. The fun begins at Regency Furniture Stadium at 8:45am as the 10 miler kicks off, followed by the start of the 5K at 9am.

There’s a Kids Fun Run featuring a great entry package with a commemorative T-shirt, a Chick-fil-A kid’s meal and two tickets to a Southern Maryland Blue Crabs game. The 5K and 10 Miler package includes commemorative T-shirt, as well as post-race snacks and a complimentary beer.

This is an event the whole family can enjoy. Not a runner? No problem. Walkers are welcome, and the courses are stroller friendly. The Blue Crabs will hold their annual Fan Fest in conjunction with the race and admission includes access to the kids fun zone at the ballpark.

Registration is required. Visit the St. Charles Running Festival site to register and find out more about how you can run for a great cause this spring.

We Salute Our Physicians On National Doctor’s Day

At UM CRMC, we have an amazing team of the area’s most dedicated physicians caring for our patients every day. Our doctors go above and beyond to help everyone who comes through our doors and to make a positive impact on their patients’ lives. These hard-working physicians serve our community with honor and distinction.

March 30th is National Doctor’s Day. We’re proud to be able to celebrate the skill, compassion and accomplishments of the doctors who are a part of our family at UM CRMC.12765_CRMC_Mar27_BLOG_BK_R1

Our physicians have dedicated much of their lives to enhance and preserve the health and well-being of others, and we’re grateful for that. All year round, they’re here helping the people of Southern Maryland live healthier lives.

We want to take this opportunity to salute all of the doctors who make such a difference in our patients’ lives every day, and wish them a very happy National Doctor’s Day.

Don’t Miss the CRMC Foundation’s Free Retirement Planning Seminar

Have you started planning for your retirement?KimberlyRosenfield

Retirement may not be something that you think about frequently, but if you put a plan in place now, you’ll set yourself up to enjoy life later.

The CRMC Foundation is partnering with local financial advisors at The Rosenfield Group at Morgan Stanley to offer a free Retirement Planning Seminar on March 26. Second Vice President Kimberly J. Rosenfield will lead the discussion focusing on envisioning the chapters of your life, understanding the risks and developing a plan.

Two sessions will be offered, so you can choose the one most convenient for you.

When:  Thursday, March 26, 2015, at 5pm-6:30pm or 7pm – 8:30pm

Where: Nagula Conference Center #2 at UM CRMC

RSVP: Reserve your spot by calling 301.609.4132 or click here.

A New Look For The UM CRMC Website

Our newly redesigned UM CRMC website is here, and you’ll love how easy it is for you to find what you need. We’ve updated everything to create a better user experience for you and make the features that you love the most take center stage.Feb20_blog

This new, more intuitively designed site makes it faster for you to find the information that you’re looking for right from the home page. One new feature is a streamlined mini-menu with quick links to some of our most popular sections. Use this menu to find a doctor, get to your myPORTFOLIO Patient Portal, find class and event schedules, make a donation, find volunteer opportunities, get healthy recipes and more.

We’ve also made it easier for you to keep up with UM CRMC in other ways. Every page features a section that lets you know about the current ER wait time. The next 3 upcoming events at the hospital are featured on our homepage, with links that allow you to click through and make a reservation right away.

Our new website has been designed to have a cleaner interface and greater functionality. It’s important to us that you can find everything that you need to keep up with hospital news, health news, events and more at the UM CRMC website, and we’re confident that you’ll love our new design.  

Renew Your Resolutions: Eat Healthy and Get Active This Spring

Have you spent too much time this winter cooped up indoors, binging on junk food and Netflix?

Now is the time to do something about it. Spring is just around the corner. You’ll want to get out and do things. You’ll want to feel good about yourself.Mar11_blog

March is National Nutrition Month so there’s even more opportunity to learn how easy it can be to make healthy eating and exercise part of your daily routine. Visit the for tons of great health and fitness tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The information is easy to find and broken up for men and women and from children to seniors.

You can also check out the Health Resources here on the UM Charles Regional Medical Center website. Our Taste of Wellness section offers a wide selection easy-to-make, nutritious recipes.

Of course, to maximize your healthy lifestyle, you’ll need to incorporate regular exercise. As part of our Prescription for Healthy Living Lecture Series, Exercise Physiologist Brian Loux will be leading a discussion on “Exercise for Weight Management” at UM CRMC on March 19 at 6pm.

The session will be held in the Nagula Conference Center #1 on the first floor. It’s free to attend and will cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Health problems associated with obesity
  • Health benefits of exercise
  • Setting appropriate weight loss goals
  • Overcoming common barriers to exercise
  • Making a plan for success

Seating is limited so reserve your space today.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

They are some of the most common, yet least talked about forms of cancer in the United States. That’s why it’s important to talk about cancers of the colon and rectum, and there’s no better time to begin the discussion than March, designated National Colorectal Cancer Month.12765_CRMC_Mar6_BLOG_BK_i1

Our Online Health Library has the resources that you need to learn more about colorectal cancer. Use the tools that you find here to find out about causes, testing and treatments of cancers of the colon and the rectum.

Extensive research about the causes of these cancers is ongoing. Stay up to date with the progress that doctors and researchers are making in fighting this disease. Keep up with the latest news on treatments, screenings and more through the American Cancer Society.

Talking about colorectal cancer is the best way to reduce the stigma and bring it out in the open. Educate yourself and help us spread awareness through our Online Health Library and preventative screenings can help reduce the effects of this devastating disease.  

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.

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