University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center Works with Public Schools to Support Anne Arundel Students Returning to Classrooms
The hospital donates 600 reusable waters bottles and more than 1,100 school supplies to public schools.
GLEN BURNIE, Md. (August 26, 2022) – The University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center (UM BWMC) is providing reusable water bottles and school supplies to local public schools in Anne Arundel County to support students as they return to classrooms. These donations are part of several hospital initiatives aimed at supporting the health and wellbeing of Anne Arundel County youth.
Today, hospital leaders visited Park Elementary School to donate 600 reusable water bottles, one for each student, as a way to encourage students to stay healthy and hydrated. Through discussions with Park Elementary School administrators, UM BWMC learned that milk was the only beverage available to students during school hours, unless students brought their own water bottles. With some water fountains closed due to COVID-19 safety protocols, access to drinking water throughout the school day became harder for some students that did not have a water bottle.
"We know that proper hydration can improve a student's focus and encourage other positive behaviors and habits," said Kathy McCollum, President and Chief Executive Officer of UM BWMC. "As a leading health care provider in Anne Arundel County, we recognize the importance of our residents maintaining their health. We're excited to give these water bottles to the students of Park Elementary School so that they can stay hydrated and have healthy beverage options."
"It takes amazing community partners to make any school be successful, and we are so fortunate to have the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center as one of our partners," said Sandy Blondell, principal at Park Elementary School. "Healthier students are more successful students, and this donation from UM BWMC will help make our students healthier and happier. We are incredibly grateful."
UM BWMC worked with other local organizations and schools to distribute supplies to Anne Arundel County public school students returning to the classroom next week. Through collaborations with Anne Arundel County Public Schools and the Anne Arundel County Police Department, the hospital donated more than 1,100 school supply items, including backpacks, paper, crayons, markers, pencils and more.
"It's important that as a hospital, we develop relationships with others in our community and that we work together outside of our physical walls to offer health and wellness resources to everyone we serve, from the youngest to the oldest," said Diane Croghan, Vice President of Community Engagement and Chief of Staff at UM BWMC.
UM BWMC and Park Elementary School are also collaborating to host a Community Wellness Day later this fall. The event being held Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Park Elementary School will feature health care providers offering flu vaccinations, health screenings for blood pressure, vision and body composition and educational resources related to nutrition, mental health and lung health. Family fun activities such as face painting, exercise demonstrations and healthy to-go meals will also be offered.
About the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center
The University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center (UM BWMC) is an acute-care facility that is part of the University of Maryland Medical System. It is located in Glen Burnie, Maryland and has 314 beds and more than 3,100 team members. It also has 1,200 medical providers on staff in over 50 specialties. For more information, visit www.umbwmc.org.
About the University of Maryland Medical System
The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is an academic private health system, focused on delivering compassionate, high quality care and putting discovery and innovation into practice at the bedside. Partnering with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and University of Maryland, Baltimore who educate the state's future health care professionals, UMMS is an integrated network of care, delivering 25 percent of all hospital care in urban, suburban and rural communities across the state of Maryland. UMMS puts academic medicine within reach through primary and specialty care delivered at 11 hospitals, including the flagship University of Maryland Medical Center, the System's anchor institution in downtown Baltimore, as well as through a network of University of Maryland Urgent Care centers and more than 150 other locations in 13 counties. For more information, visit www.umms.org.