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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!

The Home Team

University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center’s (UM CRMC) Transition Nurse Navigators and Case Managers strive to keep patients healthy and out of the hospital. In the cover story, you will read about how this team helped patient, Edward Prince while he was in the hospital for his end-stage renal disease and once he returned home. They ensured Edward was kept healthy and out of the hospital by reviewing his medication list and dosages before being discharged to calling him at home to ensure he had enough medications and if there were any issues to checking he was going to his doctor’s appointments.

What You Should Know About Cardiac Rehab

If you have experienced a heart attack, heart surgery, heart failure or a heart transplant, you may be a candidate for cardiac rehabilitation, a medically supervised exercise, education and support program. Cardiac rehab includes exercise training designed to strengthen a patient’s heart and improve many of the risk factors associated with heart disease, such as lowering blood pressure, improving cholesterol levels and lowering blood sugar levels. For more information about cardiac rehab or to schedule an appointment, call 301-609-4413.

Out of the White Coat with Dr. Settle

Meet UM Charles Regional Medical Group – Women’s Health, Ob-Gyn, Katreena Settle, MD. Dr. Settle has always wanted to be an obstetrician since she was a small child and enjoys having the chance to treat women and empower them to look after themselves. She enjoys spending time with her family and exploring museums and festivals in D.C. where she grew up.

Health Literacy: What is is and Why it Matters

Your doctor has given you a new diagnosis or prescription. Now what? That’s where health literacy comes in. Health literacy is important for many reasons. If patients don’t have a good grasp of their medical issues or medications, they can do things that make the condition worse. To improve your health literacy, ask, ask, ask! When you pick up your medicine, have the pharmacist explain what it’s for and how often to take it, including any special instructions.

Annual Gala Event Set for February 29th

What to do when the calendar has an extra day? The Foundation is celebrating by hosting its annual gala on February 29, 2020, at Swan Point Yacht & Country Club. Proceeds from the gala will help equip our nursing units, fund improvements in imaging and surgical services, and reduce barriers to care for our expanding community. For more information about the gala event and the Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation, call 301-609-4132.

News and Events

25th Annual "When the Hammer Falls" Crab Feast

Thursday, October 17, 2 - 8 pm

Captain Billy's Crab House, Newburg

Guests will enjoy their choice of platters or all-you-can-eat crabs while taking part in raffles and the infamous cake wheel. Children 5 to 12 will have their choice of kids’ meals, and those under age 5 eat for FREE. Call 301-609-4132 to learn more.

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Monday, October 28, 1:30 to 7 pm

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.

Not All Wounds Are Visible: A Community Conversation

Wednesday, November 13, 9 am - 2 pm

University of Maryland Campus Center, Baltimore

The University of Maryland Medical System and the University of Baltimore (UMB) are hosting a FREE community conversation about the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)-stressful or traumatic events that strongly impact health outcomes through a person’s life. The event will be held at UMB Campus Center and may be livestreamed from your personal computer or mobile device. Register today to either livestream the event or to attend in person.