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As I embark on my new role as President and Chief Executive Officer, I consider it the greatest privilege of my career to lead the University of Maryland Capital Region Health. We are dedicated   to addressing the health care needs of Prince George’s County, Southern Maryland and the surrounding region-both inside and outside the walls of our facilities. We are proud to deliver this Community Health Improvement Report highlighting our County-wide health priorities, key health findings, and our FY 18 community health activities serving our neighbors.  

UM Capital Region Health is focused on safety, quality, patient experience, and clinical excellence – delivered through a strong collaboration between our community, physicians, nurses, and every member of our team from the front doors of our practices to the patient floor. 

Since our affiliation with the University of Maryland Medical System in September 2017, we have had a busy yet fulfilling time, complete with exciting new developments as well as community-based health initiatives, including: 

  • In November of 2017, we broke ground on the new University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center. This new state-of-the-art regional medical center in Largo, MD will replace UM Prince George’s Hospital Center, currently in Cheverly, MD. 
  • In 2018, University of Maryland Laurel Medical Center received regulatory approval to proceed with transforming and enhancing the health care services offered in the Laurel/Beltsville area. Representing a significant step in a body of work that began more than two years ago with the input of many community voices, a new state-of-the-art health care destination –  UM Laurel Medical Center— will offer 24/7 emergency care, a surgery center, and a comprehensive range of services to meet community health needs.  

    In addition to the many health awareness, screenings and educational events held throughout the year, a few are especially noteworthy: 
  • Collaborating with the March of Dimes to launch the “Mama and Baby Bus,” a mobile healthcare unit delivering maternal and child health services to women and children right in their own neighborhoods.
  • Providing education and interventions to aid in quitting smoking, reaching youth to seniors via the Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation program. 
  • Participating in the University of Maryland Medical System’s Mental Health Community Conversation, “Not all Wounds are Visible” education symposiums. 
  • Partnering with NBC 4 Washington and significant participation in their annual Health and Fitness Expo at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. 
  • Offering the national “Stop the Bleed” education campaign – a world class bleed control training program that prepares community members to save lives in the event of uncontrolled bleeding from injury.

It is our privilege to be a part of these and many other programs, all of which contribute to the promising future of University of Maryland Capital Region Health, where improving the health care of our community is a top priority. 

We invite you to follow our journey and work with us to accomplish great things together. 


Sherry Perkins HeadshotSherry B. Perkins, PhD, RN, FAAN
President & CEO
UM Capital Region Health