Celebrating 80 Years: The Seventh Decade (1999-2009)

Celebrating 80 Years: The Seventh Decade

On April 28, 2002, another tornado brought pain and destruction to Charles County. This one ended up taking most of La Plata with it.

It destroyed infrastructure. It damaged buildings. It left lasting wounds in every corner of the community. 

“That night,” reads La Plata’s Memory Lane Exhibition, “the employees of Civista Medical Center rose to the occasion.”

With an influx of 70 patients, the hospital’s team, especially those from the emergency department, and volunteers rallied together to show the true meaning of a community hospital. They embodied a triumphant spirit in the face of disaster.

The First Expansion of Civista

With its relatively new name, Civista Medical Center introduced its first expansion that was completed and dedicated in September 2007. Dr. Seetaramayya Nagula, the first gastroenterologist at Civista, gave the dedication.

He praised the hospital’s consistent commitment to employing top-of-the-line equipment and staff and its resilience in the face of the decade’s tragedies. In the years to come, he would eventually spend three years as the hospital’s chief of staff, and the hospital would help more patients than ever before.

Stay tuned to our blog for the final story about our hospital over the past eight decades. And be sure to follow us on Facebook — we’ll be sharing facts and photos from over the years throughout 2019.

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Give the Gift of Good Health This December with the Tree of Life

Photo of the hospital during the holiday season

Every year, our Tree of Life celebration generates emotions of love, hope, and healing in our community. Its presence at our hospital signifies fellowship as it honors those who’ve touched our lives. 

Proceeds from the Tree of Life directly benefit the CRMC Foundation and efforts to help equip nursing units and make improvements for imaging and social services.

Ways to Give

From now until December 4, you can make a gift to the CRMC Foundation to support our cause. There are three different ways to participate:

  • Light on the Tree of Life: $15
  • Healing Garden Luminary Donation: $50
  • Angel Perpetual Light Donation: $100 (A One-Time Gift)

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All gifts must be received by November 21 to be included in the commemorative program.

You can make your gift online by using the “Make Your Gift” button above or by visiting CRMCfoundation.org. Gifts can also be mailed or faxed to the CRMC Foundation by downloading the registration form and sending it to:

CRMC Foundation
P.O. Box 1701
La Plata, MD 20646
or 301-609-4470 (fax)

Join Us for the Illumination Ceremony

On Friday, December 4, at 5:30 p.m., we’ll come together at the hospital to remember our loved ones at the Illumination Ceremony. And following the illumination of the Tree of Life, stay for a dessert reception and to enjoy holiday music.

For questions about the Illumination Ceremony or the Tree of Life, please contact the CRMC Foundation office at (301) 609-4132 or send us a message on Facebook.

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The 5 Most Surprising Facts About Diabetes

Photo of someone performing a finger prick to measure blood sugar levels

When you want to learn more about diabetes, your doctor and the American Diabetes Association. are likely your best bet for everything you want to know. And with all the most important topics covered by these great resources, we wanted to dive deeper into some of the lesser-known facts about diabetes in honor of National Diabetes Month. Here are five things you might not know about diabetes and its effects on the population: 

Diabetes is a Leading Cause of Blindness Worldwide

When most Americans think about diabetes, they probably think of it in terms of how it can affect someone’s diet or what medications they need to take. But the reality is that diabetes is a leading cause of blindness in America and around the world.

Adults with Diabetes Are Twice as Likely to Die from Heart Disease or Stroke

What might be most surprising about diabetes, however, is that it’s integrally linked with heart disease and stroke. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, adults with diabetes are twice as likely to die from these conditions as adults without diabetes.

The reason for this increased stroke and heart disease risk is because of the damage diabetes can do to your body. More specifically, the high levels of glucose in the blood of someone with diabetes can damage the blood vessels in their heart over time. Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken by someone with diabetes to lower their chances of having a heart attack or stroke.

Millions of Americans Have Type 1 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is far and away the most common form of diabetes; however, it might surprise you to learn just how many people in America currently live with type 1 diabetes. 

Unlike type 2 diabetes, which is often caused by lifestyle choices, type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition that occurs when someone’s pancreas produces little or no insulin (a hormone needed to process sugar in the body). And, According to the American Diabetes Association, 1.25 million people in the United States are living with type 1 diabetes with an additional 40,000 people in our country will be diagnosed with it this year alone.

Many Early Symptoms of Diabetes Are Too Mild to Notice

Although doctors are generally able to point to things like weight, age, physical activity levels, race, cholesterol levels, etc., to determine a person’s type 2 diabetes risk, type 1 diabetes is much more difficult to predict. Moreover, most people who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes never show any symptoms of the condition until it causes further complications.

When symptoms do arise, they commonly include the following:

  • Frequent urination
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Excessive hunger
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Cuts/bruises that take a long time to heal
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Tingling, pain, or numbness in your hands and/or feet

Talk with your primary care provider to learn more about your level of risk for diabetes and to find out if the A1C test (i.e., the test that can identify prediabetes) is right for you.

Half of All Those with Diabetes Are Undiagnosed

With such mild early symptoms, it’s easy to see why there are so many cases of diabetes that go unnoticed. According to the International Diabetes Federation, 50% of people who have diabetes right now are living with it undiagnosed.

Early detection of prediabetes or diabetes is an important step in preventing life-altering or life-threatening complications, and this is especially true for type 1 diabetes, which can lead to disability or death if not detected early enough.

Resources for Adults with Diabetes in Southern Maryland

If you’re struggling with diabetes or simply want to learn more about how to better manage your condition, you can find help right here in Southern Maryland.

Our Center for Diabetes Education is led by a certified diabetes educator and provides the following:

  • Blood sugar meter training
  • Individual evaluation and diabetes instruction
  • Group education classes
  • Insulin instruction and injection training
  • Diabetes nutrition instruction and weight management
  • Diabetes self-management education

In addition, UM Charles Regional Medical Group – Diabetes & Endocrinology is a specialty practice located in Waldorf that offers comprehensive diabetes care and education to help you avoid complications. To learn more about either of these practices, please call (301) 870-4100.

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Enjoy a Healthy Holiday Season with Diabetes

Photo of group of people at UM Charles Regional Center for Diabetes Education class

Eating healthy through the holidays is hard for everyone.

If you’re living with diabetes, it’s even more challenging. But it’s a challenge you can overcome — and still enjoy plenty of delicious seasonal treats. You can control your weight and control your blood sugar as long as you keep a few simple tips in mind.

Start with a Plan

Impulse eating is an easy trap to fall into. So recognize the risk, make a plan to fight the temptation and stick to it. That doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of cookies and pies and brownies and all of the other things you look forward to during the holiday season.

If you’re going to a party and you know there is going to be certain foods and certain desserts, work those sugars and carbohydrates into your nutritional budget and adjust your meals before and after accordingly.

Stick with Your Exercise

It’s easy to get out of your diet and exercise routine when your normal weekly schedules out of whack with holiday parties and holiday happy hours and actual holidays. But remember that a little exercise can go a long way. Even if you don’t exercise as long or as strenuously as you normally do, that’s OK. Get up, get moving and do something every day.

Stay on Top of Your Blood Sugar

If your eating habits and your eating schedule are breaking from the norm, be sure to check your blood sugar and your insulin more frequently. This will allow you to make adjustments as needed and correct any problems before they get out of hand.

Limit Your Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol can lower your blood sugar, so extreme moderation is the name of the game. A drink or two a day is a good rule of thumb. And know what you’re drinking because the contents of alcohol can vary greatly. As always, be smart about what you drink.

Enjoy the Holidays

Having diabetes does complicate things, but it doesn’t have to take the fun out of the holidays. Treat yourself, but be smart.  Focus on making the most of each day and celebrating with friends and families. That’s what it’s all about. 

Have Questions? Talk to Your Doctor

Physicians who specialize in diabetes and endocrinology are incredible resources to help you navigate the holidays. Many practices, like UM Charles Regional Medical Group – Diabetes and Endocrinology, work closely with registered dieticians who can help you come up with a plan to make the most of this holiday season.

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Celebrating 80 Years: The Sixth Decade (1989-1999)

Celebrating 80 Years - The Sixth Decade

By the time the 1990s rolled around, the hospital was a fully accredited, full-service facility, and it was able to give back to the community, inside and outside of the hospital walls, more so than ever before. 

Celebrating its patients and supporting the community remained a paramount priority for the hospital. Beyond the health care it provided, Physicians Memorial Hospital sponsored a variety of events throughout the decade, including cancer walks, the Great Pumpkin Run, and more.

Physicians Memorial also began to offer several community services beyond the traditional scope of a hospital, including wellness programs and health screenings. It was all made possible because it was more financially stable, had more room to house its patients, and had a more advanced facility overall.

A New Name for Charles County’s Hospital

Like so many of its patients over the decades, the hospital had overcome countless obstacles through the power of perseverance.

And it wanted to commemorate how far it had come. 

Thus marked the first major name change in the history of the hospital. In February 1998, Physicians Memorial Hospital officially became Civista Medical Center.

Civista, meaning “civic with a vision”, appropriately encapsulated everything the hospital had become as an organization. Far beyond a traditional health care setting, it was now a powerful contributing force to the community as a whole. Civista had transitioned its focus to not only help make people well during times of need, but also to give them a brighter, healthier future to see ahead. 

With a new name and stronger vision, Civista launched into the 21st century.

Stay tuned to our blog for upcoming stories about our hospital over the decades. And be sure to follow us on Facebook — we’ll be sharing facts and photos from over the past eight decades throughout 2019.

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The Home Team: UM Charles Regional Medical Center’s Transition Nurse Navigators and Case Managers

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When Edward Prince was admitted to University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in February, the 69-year-old had no idea the trouble he would face. The retired sheet metal worker from Mechanicsville, MD, had end-stage renal disease and needed to start dialysis to perform the work of his failing kidneys. That meant he required surgery to create a connection in his forearm for accessing his veins and arteries.

Unfortunately, he suffered a series of complications that sent him back to the hospital several times. He was readmitted for congestive heart failure when fluid collected in his body and again when he experienced problems in the opening to his veins, which made his dialysis treatments less effective. He ended up requiring four additional surgeries.

These problems might have been overwhelming for Prince if not for the hospital’s transition nurse navigators and case managers, whose job is to troubleshoot problems for patients. These nurses are tasked with making sure that patients’ needs are met once they leave the hospital — and trying to keep them from returning unnecessarily. 

Photo of nurse navigators at hospital

Before he was discharged, Prince says, a nurse went over his medications, highlighting the ones he should stop taking and those he needed to take in a different dosage. 

When he was back at home, “the transition nurse called me every other day for a week,” he said. “She asked me if I had weighed myself, whether I needed any of my medications, and when I was going to see my cardiologist and my nephrologist [kidney doctor]. And she answered every question I had. If she didn’t know the answer, she found out and called me back. It helped me relax and took a lot of the stress off me.” 

Now at home and doing well, Prince is on the transplant list and waiting for a donated kidney.

Guiding High-Risk Patients Home

The Transition Nurse Navigation and Case Management programs at UM Charles Regional work together to care for patients at discharge. 

“Case managers work setting up a discharge plan, but a lot of times patients need individualized navigation, resources and education on their condition,” Mary Hannah, RN, manager of population health, who oversees the Transition Nurse Navigation program, said. “That’s where nurse navigators come in. They meet the needs of the patients beyond the traditional care given in the hospital.” 

Photo of Janice Clements, RN, and Mary Hannah, RN

One of the program’s goals is to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions within 30 days of discharge. Because people with diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), congestive heart failure, pneumonia and other high-risk conditions are particularly prone to readmission, nurse navigators target these patients for their services. 

Nurse navigators also help patients who have been recently readmitted and those who have had a lengthy hospital stay. 

“If they’re in the hospital longer than 10 days, we attempt to go and see them, because that is usually an indicator that they may be at risk for being readmitted within 30 days,” Transition Nurse Navigator Teri White, RN, said.

Educating patients about managing their conditions is a key part of the job. Nurse navigators provide one-on-one education at the bedside to help reinforce the discharge plan. 

“Knowledge is power,” White said. “The more knowledge that patients have on different things, the better they can take care of themselves.” 

She uses videos and printed materials to help patients learn how to manage their conditions in language based on their educational level. 

“You can make the biggest difference to the patient if you can meet them where they are,” she said.

The nurse navigators can also provide equipment for use at home. This includes blood pressure cuffs, glucometers for testing blood sugar, and scales for patients who have congestive heart failure and need to watch weight gain from fluid buildup. 

Once patients are home, the nurses make follow-up calls to be sure patients are scheduling and going to doctor appointments and to check for medication problems and other issues. 

“Patients don’t feel like they’re alone, which is really important,” White said.

Photo of Edward Prince

In the process, the nurses become expert problem-solvers. Transition nurse navigator Jennifer Murphy, RN, recalls a recent elderly patient with COPD and an abnormal heart rhythm. When Murphy called to follow up after discharge, the woman was worried because the pharmacy didn’t have her heart medication in stock. 

“By the time the pharmacy would have gotten the drug, she would have missed three doses,” Murphy said. “We had to intervene, contact the pharmacy and have them transfer the prescription to another pharmacy.” 

Nurse navigators also connect patients with community resources and troubleshoot problems like getting transportation to doctors’ offices. 

“When our transportation system was changing the way they did things, I had to talk to the agency to make sure patients’ needs were being met,” Marjanna Winafeld, RN, a transition nurse navigator, said.

Discharging Patients Safely

Case managers play an equally vital role in the care of patients at discharge. They screen every patient who is scheduled to leave the hospital. Case manager Lori Parsons, RN, says she starts an assessment with a patient by asking these questions: 

  • Where do you live? 
  • What are your living conditions? 
  • Do you have family support? 
  • What kind of equipment do you use at home?
  • Do you use oxygen at home? 
  • Do you have a doctor you can follow up with? 

“We meet with the patients and try to determine if there are going to be any home needs,” Case Manager Julie Hardesty, RN, said. “We can set up any services, whether it’s skilled nursing or just resources for the family. If we feel like a patient’s getting close to where they can’t live alone anymore, we try to help the family to start thinking in that direction.” 

Case managers also take care of home services such as IV antibiotics or physical therapy after surgery, and they can provide walkers and other equipment if needed. Through it all, they include patients in the planning and keep them focused on the goal. 

“It gives patients a chance to be more involved and have some autonomy in their health care,” Hardesty said.

Case managers also coordinate with insurance companies to get authorization for outpatient services and rehabilitation. And they ensure that a patient’s insurance covers prescribed medications; when they aren’t covered, case managers try to determine suitable substitutes. The department’s social workers play a role by identifying social issues, such as homelessness, that affect a patient’s health. 

“Our social workers and our case managers go the extra mile,” Hardesty said. “They make as many phone calls as needed to connect patients with services.” 

One case that stands out is a young patient with behavioral health problems who was frequently admitted to the hospital. She was also homeless, which made it harder to access needed medication.

“We worked really hard and were able to find permanent housing for her,” Hardesty said. “We don’t see her anymore, and I understand she’s doing really well.”

Case managers can overlap with the transition nurse team in providing care, says Janice Clements, RN, the hospital’s manager of Case Management. 

“Sometimes it’s hard to see a definite line in the sand, but we work so well together,” she said. “In fact, most of the caregivers who have become transition nurse navigators have worked as case managers first, so they understand what we do and the need for what we do and can carry the ball when we hand it to them. We are able to cover more bases with both teams in play.”

Care Transition Rounds

That coordination is on display at care transition rounds, a daily meeting where an interdisciplinary team discusses patients and their readiness for discharge. 

“It’s so important because of the information that is shared,” Clements said.

The hospital’s case managers and nurse navigators are joined by doctors, physical therapists, pharmacists, wound care specialists, and other care providers. 

“We all talk about what the patient may need, and the different disciplines provide input so we can come up with a collective plan that will help that patient be successful,” Hannah said. “It also offers a way to look at a challenging case with fresh eyes.” 

“It’s one of the things I love about this hospital,” Winafeld said. “When you used to come to the hospital, your community doctor knew you and was involved with your care. Now we don’t have that, but we know our patients and we’re able to speak up for them about things we need other people to know.”

The approach seems to be working at reducing readmissions. According to Hannah, readmission rates were almost 13 percent before the transitional care program expanded. For the past several years, the rate has been around 9 percent.

“It’s hard work, but most days it’s very rewarding,” Clements said. “We can make a big difference in patients’ lives.” 

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Health Literacy: What It Is and Why It Matters?

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Your doctor has given you a new diagnosis or prescription. Now what? 

That’s where health literacy comes in.

“It’s the ability of an individual to understand basic health information well enough to provide adequate care for himself or herself,” says Cynthia Adams, RN, a diabetes educator with University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center

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. 

“For example, a person with diabetes needs to be careful to eat the right amount of carbohydrates, or carbs for short, which are foods and drinks that turn to sugar when they are digested,” Adams says. “Eating or drinking too many or too few carbs can make blood sugar rise.”

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, health literacy affects people’s ability to:

  • Navigate the health care system, including filling out complex forms and locating providers and services
  • Share personal information, such as health history, with providers
  • Engage in self-care and chronic-disease management
  • Understand mathematical concepts such as probability and risk

Health literacy is the responsibility of the patient, certainly. But it’s also the responsibility of health care providers and public health systems. Many factors come into play, including culture, language barriers, and the communication skills of patients and medical professionals. Understanding these factors and seeking to overcome them is essential.

Citing a variety of recent studies, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine highlighted just a few of the negative outcomes associated with low health literacy:

  • People with low health literacy have a lower likelihood of getting flu shots, understanding medical labels and instructions, and a greater likelihood of taking medicines incorrectly compared with adults with higher health literacy 
  • Individuals with limited health literacy reported poorer health status and were less likely to use preventative care
  • Individuals with low levels of health literacy are more likely to be hospitalized and have bad disease outcomes 
  • Inpatient spending increases by approximately $993 for patients with limited health literacy 
  • After controlling for relevant covariates, lower health literacy scores were associated with high mortality rates within a Medicare managed care setting
  • The annual cost of low health literacy to the U.S. economy was $106 billion to $238 billion

As a patient, a parent or a caregiver, the most important thing you can do to improve your health literacy is to ask questions, Adams said.  

If the doctor gives you a new diagnosis, ask every question that comes to mind until you are sure you understand the basics. Request handouts and look into classes or support groups on the condition. And take advantage of the hospital’s patient learning channel, which provides web-based medical information.

When you pick up your medicine, have the pharmacist explain what it’s for and how often to take it, including any special instructions.

“So make sure you understand about your medical conditions and your medicines so that you can take good care of yourself,” Adams concludes.

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Where to Get a Free Flu Shot in Charles County, Maryland

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No health insurance? Insurance doesn’t cover the entire cost of the seasonal flu vaccine?

You don’t have to go without a flu shot just because you can’t afford one. The Charles County Department of Health understands how important the seasonal flu vaccine is to public health, which is why they are once again hosting a handful of free vaccination clinics and offering free flu shots during the 2019 flu season.

These clinics are 100 percent free and accept walk-ins during the times outlined below. These clinics will also be offering Flu Mist© (nasal spray) vaccinations this year.

Dates and Times of Free Flu Vaccine Clinics

Thursday, October 17 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Benjamin Stoddert Middle School
2040 St. Thomas Drive, Waldorf, MD 20602

Tuesday, October 29 | 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Piccowaxen Middle School
12834 Rock Point Road, Newburg, MD 20664

Thursday, November 7 | 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Smallwood Middle School
4990 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head, MD 20640

Tuesday, November 12 | 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Westlake High School
3300 Middletown Road, Waldorf, MD 20603

Free Flu Shots/Nasal Spray Offered Throughout Flu Season
If you can’t make it to any of the clinics noted above, the Charles County Department of Health offers free walk-in flu vaccinations from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. Their office is located at 4545 Crain Highway, White Plains, MD 20695.

For more information about any of the free clinics or walk-in vaccinations, please call (301) 609-6900.

Why the Flu Vaccine is Important

Don’t think you need to get a flu shot? Think again. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone over the age of six months receive the yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against widespread flu viruses.

In addition to protecting yourself from getting the flu, the seasonal flu vaccine also plays an important role in protecting those around you, especially members of the community who are most vulnerable, such as infants, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems. And if that’s not reason enough, just think about how much time and money you can save by taking preventive measures rather than having to visit the doctor or getting medication after you become sick.

Simple Ways to Limit the Spread of the Flu

Getting the seasonal flu vaccine is a great first step in protecting yourself and those around you, but you should also follow these simple tips recommended by the CDC:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible
  • Limit contact with others if you become sick
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with viruses or bacteria

To learn more about the seasonal flu and ways to protect yourself and your family, visit the CDC’s official website.

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Celebrating 25 Years of Annual Crab Feasts on October 17

25th Annual Crab Feast

80 years as Southern Maryland’s hospital. 25 years of crab feasts for a cause. That’s what we’re celebrating on Thursday, October 17, at Captain Billy’s Crab House in Newburg, MD, at the 25th Annual Crab Feast.

This annual tradition, organized by the CRMC Foundation, includes a wide variety of options for seafood-lovers, including all-you-can-eat crabs. And while you enjoy waterfront views from one of the area’s favorite restaurants, you can try your luck in the 50/50 raffle or indulge your sweet tooth with a spin of the cake wheel.

Full menu pricing and ticket options are available on CRMCfoundation.org, but here’s a glimpse at this year’s selections:

  • All-You-Can-Eat Crabs
  • Shrimp and Crabs Mini Feast
  • Chicken Breast Platter
  • Fried Shrimp Basket
  • Fried Oyster Basket
  • Broiled Crab Cake and Tilapia Platter
  • Cheeseburger and Fries
  • Children’s Platter (ages 8 and under)

Tickets can be purchased online using the button below but are also available at the door.

Purchase Tickets

Proceeds from this event benefit the CRMC Foundation as they help equip nursing units, fund improvements for imaging and social services, and bridge the gap and reduce barriers to care through health initiatives for our expanding community.

A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are still available! Sponsors of CRMC Foundation events receive exposure on the Foundation’s website and social media before and after the event — it’s a great way to support a worthy cause and get your business or organization in front of an active and engaged audience. For more information about sponsorship, use the button below or call (301) 609-4319.

Become a Sponsor

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Celebrating 80 Years: The Fifth Decade (1979-1989)

Celebrating 80 Years: The Fifth Decade

The hospital had expanded enough by 1979 to treat the needs of most patients. Some specialty needs for at-risk individuals, however, still required further equipment and care. So when those times came around, the hospital team was ready.

In 1979, the hospital team called in a helicopter to transport a premature baby for additional treatment. This was yet another example of the team at Physicians Memorial Hospital going the extra (aerial) mile to support the community that had supported it for decades.

While absolutely vital, these airlifts to bigger city hospitals were expensive for patients and could be cumbersome for all involved, so the board members set out to find a more permanent solution.

The team didn’t want to send needy patients to better hospitals. They wanted to build a better hospital. 

To reduce the need for helicopter travel, curb hospital crowding, and better serve the community as a whole, another new expansion was planned and built. 

This $5 million facility was dedicated on September 11, 1983, by Dr. James Parren Jarboe, former president and secretary-treasurer of the Charles County Medical Society and president of the Maryland chapter of the American College of Surgeons. It added 130 new beds to the facility, along with other state-of-the-art enhancements.

Another sign of the growing importance and reputation of health care in Charles County came in December 1987, when Ted Kennedy Jr. visited our beloved Charles County.

Stay tuned to our blog for upcoming stories about our hospital over the decades. And be sure to follow us on Facebook — we’ll be sharing facts and photos from over the past eight decades throughout 2019.

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