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!

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Advanced Surgical Care, Close to Home

University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center's (UM CRMC) surgeons are here to provide surgical excellence, right in your backyard. UM CRMC surgeons help guide patients through the surgical process with compassion and try to take some of the helplessness out of the experience. They perform a broad range of surgeries at the hospital, from the simple to the complex, including outpatient and inpatient procedures. That means that community residents don't have to travel far to get top-notch surgical treatment.

Intelligent Technology, Compassionate Care

For patients diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer commonly caused by asbestos exposure, finding highly-specialized care can be difficult. The thoracic surgery eVisit program at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) in Baltimore connects mesothelioma patients to expert treatment, no matter where they live. To learn more, please call UMMC's Department of Thoracic Surgery at 888-754-6631.

5 Ways to Boost Your Immunity

Preventing colds and flu starts with a strong immune system. Some key ways you can improve your defense are getting a flu shot, regularly working out, getting enough sleep, stop smoking and washing your hands frequently. Be sure to talk with your primary care doctor on more ways that you can help boost your immunity.

UM Charles Regional Receives Top Marks for Patient Safety

Patient safety has always been our top priority, which is why we're so proud to announce that we've received an A grade from the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit committed to improving health care quality and safety. In fall 2018, UM Charles Regional was one of 855 acute care hospitals in the U.S. to receive this designation. That means just 32% of hospitals graded received an A for their efforts to maintain a high level of patient safety and UM Charles Regional—your community hospital—was one of them!

Rastogi to Receive Posthumous Award at March 23 Gala

The Foundation is pleased to announce it will bestow its prestigious Healthcare Champion award posthumously to Amitabh Rastogi, MD. A cardiologist in our community who died last March, Dr. Rastogi was beloved by his family, colleagues, patients and the greater Southern Maryland community. For more information about the upcoming gala and the Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation, call 301-609-4132.

News and Events

Retirement Through the Ages

Wednesday, February 13, 5 to 7 p.m.

UM Charles Regional Medical Center Nagula #2 Conference Center, La Plata

Join us for a free seminar presented by Joyce Cool, ChFC ®, CDFA ™, CASL® & Rob Ramos, CFP ®, ChFC®, CASL®, Managing Partners and Financial Advisors. The journey towards retirement begins with that first ever paycheck and doesn't end until the last paycheck is received. While the end goal of retirement may be the same for a young adult working that first job and the seasoned employee, the path changes along the journey towards that goal of retirement.

Diabetes Support Group

Wednesday, March 13, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

UM Charles Regional Medical Center Nagula #2 Conference Center, 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.

Stroke & Brain Injury Support Group

First Money of every month, 4 to 5 p.m.

Locations vary, please call 201-609-4890 for more information

Charles Regional Medical Center offers a support group for survivors of stroke or traumatic brain injury and their caregivers. Each hour session consists of a variety of activities, education materials, guest speakers, question and answer period, and time for socializing.