MHM Winter 2020 Edition

Thank you for your interest in the latest issue of Maryland's Health Matters. At UM Charles Regional Medical Center, we are committed to giving you and your family the information you need to lead healthy lives. Find stories on living a healthy, productive life here. We hope you enjoy it!

There for You Every Step of the Way

University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center (UM CRMC) are here for you and your health throughout every step of the way. In the cover story, you will read about Charles County resident and Marine veteran, Colan Ratliff's terrible fall that nearly paralyzed him. Due to UM CRMC and their connection with the University of Maryland Medical System it allowed Colan to recover from his devastating fall and learn to walk again. Colan was seen by UM CRMC’s Emergency Department and rehabilitation team as well as University of Maryland's R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center for his emergency surgery. To this day he continues to trust in UM CRMC's care by attending diabetes education classes to improve his condition.

Foundation Receives Thoughtful Gift

Allen and Donna Marshall, a Detroit couple with local ties, has a desire to provide strength to families when they need it most. Thanks to their generosity, University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center will receive a "CuddleCot" for its newly renovated Birthing Center. The CuddleCot is a bassinet with a cooling mattress that allows grieving parents and families an extended opportunity to spend time with their little one before saying goodbye. For more information about ways you can give back, please call 301-609-4132.

Expert Care for a Challenging Wound

When Robert Krause, 59, a retired policeman in Waldorf, cut his foot taking out the garbage barefoot in November 2018, he had no idea how long the injury would plague him. He developed a staph infection and an ulcer that took months to heal. However, the staff at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Center for Wound Healing was undaunted. The Center treats patients who have nonhealing or complex wounds that haven't healed through traditional measures after two to four weeks. To learn more about the Center for Wound Healing, please call 301-609-7701.

Out of the White Coat: Gastroenterologist, Dr. Murphy

University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Group Gastroenterologist Joseph R. Murphy, MD, found his calling as a teenager through a career exploration program. He then went on to study medicine earning his MD at Brown University in 1983 and completing his residency and training at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Outside of gastroenterology, Dr. Murphy enjoys music from the '60s and '70s and has two sons and a grandchild. To learn more about Dr. Murphy and his services, please call 301-609-4276

Celebration Gala to Honor Nurses

The World Health Organization designated the year 2020 as the "Year or the Nurse," in honor of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. To help celebrate this milestone and salute an integral part of our workforce, the Foundation is pleased to host the Celebration Gala: the Power of Caring on February 29 at Swan Point Yacht and Country Club. For more information about the gala event and the Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation, please call 301-609-4132.

News and Events

Diabetes Support Group

March 25 and April 29, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
March 24 and April 28, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

UM Charles Regional Medical Center - Nagula Conference Room, La Plata

The Center for Diabetes Education sponsors a support group open to adults with diabetes and their loved ones. Learn more about living with diabetes in a relaxed, informal setting with plenty of fun mixed in.

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Monday, February 24, 1:30 to 7 p.m.
Monday, April 27, 1:30 to 7 p.m.

La Plata United Methodist Church, La Plata

This drive is jointly sponsored by UM Charles Regional Medical Center, American Legion Post 82, The Lion's Club and La Plata United Methodist Church. Please call 1-800-GIVELIFE to make your appointment to donate blood so that others may live. Registration is required.

Stroke & Brain Injury Support Group

First Monday of every month

If you or a loved one, has experienced a stroke, please consider attending our Stroke & Brain Injury Support Group. For more information about the group or to find out the location of our next meeting, please call 301-609-4890.