For Immediate Release August 03, 2020

University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center (UM CRMC) announced several recent awards and designations recognizing the La Plata-based hospital for the outstanding care it provides in a variety of areas.

  • US News and World Report's annual Best Hospitals issue has listed UM CRMC as a high-performing hospital in the area of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) care. See story. UM CRMC is home to a robust Cardiopulmonary Department, which is dedicated to actively treating and caring for patients with breathing disorders, including those with COPD. In addition, the hospital regularly hosts meetings of the Better Breathers Club — a patient-focused, community-based, support group for people who are dealing with COPD and other breathing disorders.
  • Newsweek has listed UM CRMC as one of the best maternity hospitals in America, one of three hospitals in Maryland to earn that designation. Newsweek partnered with the Leapfrog Group to rate hospitals across the country according to standards for excellence in a broad series of categories relating to maternity care. UM CRMC recently expanded on its commitment to those high standards of care through a partnership with OB Hospitalist Group (OBHG), the leading provider of hospitalists for obstetrician programs. UM CRMC will be able to ensure that expectant mothers will have round the clock, immediate coverage by a certified physician, rather than a physician on call, for mothers and their newborn babies.
  • The Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) officially designated UM CRMC as a Primary Stroke Center. Designated centers provide a heightened state of readiness for stroke patients, and ensure that hospital-wide mechanisms are in place to rapidly identify and intervene in an acute stroke and a multi-disciplinary team can deliver rapid and sophisticated care.
  • Earlier this month, UM CRMC received a Platinum Recognition from the Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL).The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) honored UM CRMC for its efforts to increase the number of potential organ, eye, and tissue donors across the state.

"The last six months have been challenging, some of which has been related to the pandemic and will continue for the near future," noted Noel Cervino, UM CRMC President and Chief Executive Officer. "However, those challenges make these honors especially rewarding, because they are made possible by our doctors, nurses, and administration maintaining focus on our mission—to provide outstanding medical care to our community, even under the most difficult circumstances."