2019 Holiday Hours for University of Maryland Charles Regional Practices

Hospital Exterior Photo | Holiday Hours

The holidays are fast approaching, and, like you, our team members are getting ready to celebrate with their friends and family. With that in mind, many of the local practices will be operating under adjusted hours for the next couple of weeks. See below for details about holiday hours for all of our facilities and local offices:

UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation

  • Wednesday, December 25: Closed
  • Monday, January 1: Closed

On all other dates, UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation will follow normal operating hours (Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.).

UM Charles Regional Imaging

  • Tuesday, December 24: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 25: Closed
  • Monday, January 1: Closed

On all other dates, UM Charles Regional Imaging will follow normal operating hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.).

UM Charles Regional Medical Group – Primary Care 

  • Wednesday, December 25: Closed
  • Monday, January 1: Closed

On all other dates, UM Charles Regional Medical Group – Primary Care will follow normal operating hours (Monday, Thursday, and Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tuesday, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Wednesday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.).

UM Charles Regional Medical Group – Women’s Health

  • Wednesday, December 25: Closed
  • Monday, January 1: Closed

On all other dates, UM Charles Regional Medical Group – Women’s Health will follow normal operating hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.).

UM Charles Regional Medical Group – Gastroenterology

  • Wednesday, December 25: Closed
  • Monday, January 1: Closed

On all other dates, UM Charles Regional Medical Group – Gastroenterology will follow normal operating hours in these locations:

  • La Plata: Tuesday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Waldorf: Monday and Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
UM Charles Regional Medical Group – Diabetes & Endocrinology

  • Wednesday, December 25: Closed
  • Monday, January 1: Closed

On all other dates, UM Charles Regional Medical Group – Diabetes & Endocrinology will follow normal operating hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.).

UM Charles Regional Medical Group – Surgical Care

  • Wednesday, December 25: Closed
  • Monday, January 1: Closed

On all other dates, UM Charles Regional Medical Group – Surgical Care in Waldorf and La Plata will follow normal operating hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.).

UM Charles Regional Medical Center Visiting Hours

Visiting hours at the hospital will remain normal throughout the holidays. Need more information or have a question? Please call our main phone number at (301) 609-4000.

As always, the emergency room at University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center is open 24 hours a day every day. We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to all of the doctors, nurses, and support staff who will continue working hard throughout the holidays to make this possible and ensure that there will always be someone ready to help in the event of an emergency.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Breast Cancer This Month

Breast Cancer This Month

Every year, breast cancer is diagnosed in hundreds of thousands of people across the country, but its effects are felt by millions of people whose friends and family members are dealing with the disease. It’s why we make a point of recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month every October, and it’s why it’s so important for everyone to learn the risk factors, the warning signs, and the treatment options available.

We’re sure you’ll hear plenty about it this month. So much, in fact, that you might miss some important facts about breast cancer along the way. But if you only take away a few key items this month, here’s what we think you should know.

The Hard Numbers

According to the latest data from the American Cancer Society (ACS), over 270,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in both men and women by the end of 2019. It also estimates that over 42,000 people will have passed away due to it. And in Maryland, ACS data indicates that upwards of 10,000 people will succumb to the disease this year alone.

These sobering statistics mean that, even after all this time, breast cancer is still among the most common and dangerous forms of cancer.

The Risk Factors

The National Breast Cancer Foundation notes that one out of every eight women in the United States will be diagnosed at some point in her lifetime, but there are some contributing factors that can increase or decrease a person’s level of risk.

There are a variety of uncontrollable risk factors, such as age, sex, and family history, but the following are just a few of the things you can control that may improve your level of risk:

  • Limiting alcohol consumption
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Consistent physical activity

There are numerous other lifestyle factors that may influence your risk as well, so check out the ACS website to learn more. And be sure to talk with your primary care provider if you have any questions or concerns.

The Real Benefits of Early Detection

Like any form of cancer, early detection is crucial for a patient’s diagnosis. When it’s found early, breast cancer can be treated in one of several ways outlined below, but treatment options are more limited the further the cancer progresses.

Although awareness efforts have gone a long way to promoting the benefits of mammography and early detection in our own state, ACS reports show that just over 75% of Maryland women over the age of 40 received a mammogram in the past two years. That means that nearly 20% of women in the age group most affected by breast cancer didn’t have the benefit of early medical imaging detection should issues have arisen.

The Treatment Options Available

Breast cancer can be treated through several different methods, and what treatment options available often depends on the type of breast cancer it is and how far it has spread. Below are the most common forms of treatment available:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Hormonal therapy
  • Biological therapy
  • Radiation therapy

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to learn more about each type of treatment.

The Best Places to Address Breast Health Issues in Southern Maryland

Although there’s never a good time or place to receive a breast cancer diagnosis, you can rest assured that University of Maryland (UM) Charles Regional practices are close by and ready to provide compassionate, high-quality care for a variety of breast health issues.

From early detection to advanced treatment, you can find extraordinary breast health specialists right here in Southern Maryland. UM Charles Regional Imaging and UM Charles Regional Medical Group – Women’s Health are ideally located in La Plata and Waldorf and provide a wide variety of services to our community.

Visit our website to learn more about our new Women’s Health practice, led by Dr. Erica Contreras and Dr. Katreena Settle, or call (301) 609-4800 to schedule an appointment today.

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Introducing the University of Maryland (UM) Charles Regional Medical Pavilion in La Plata

UM Charles Regional Medical Pavilion

We are so proud to unveil the new home of several of the region’s most trusted medical specialists, the UM Charles Regional Medical Pavilion.

As part of the UM Medical System’s commitment to growing its network of care throughout Southern Maryland, the new Medical Pavilion features a collection of three practices as well as the future home of the upcoming Julie and Bill Dotson Center for Breast Health.

And now that the doors are open, patients and visitors can find state-of-the-art facilities, ample parking space and expert specialty care in a convenient location, right near UM Charles Regional Medical Center.

Learn More About These Medical Pavilion Services

UM Community Medical Group – Primary Care

A great primary care provider can put you on a path to a lifetime of good health. And it’s that philosophy that inspires Dr. Lorenzo Childress, who leads the team at UM Community Medical Group – Primary Care.

UM Charles Regional Imaging

Board-certified radiologists employ their extensive experience and expertise to provide the highest quality diagnostic imaging services at UM Charles Regional Imaging.

There’s no need to travel beyond Southern Maryland when 3T MRIs, 64-slice low-dose CT scans, mammography and bone density (DEXA) scans are available right here in La Plata.

UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation

With early morning and evening appointment times, UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation offers personalized physical therapy that’s designed to fit your life. The talented, experienced team employs a one-on-one approach to help you get better faster — all on your schedule.

Coming Soon: Julie and Bill Dotson Center for Breast Health

When it opens its doors next year, the Julie and Bill Dotson Center for Breast Health will help us meet the goal of providing hope, support and care for family, friends and community members as they cope with breast health issues. Stay tuned to our blog and our Facebook page for the latest updates and information about this important new practice.

The UM Charles Regional Medical Pavilion is home to just a small handful of practices and experts in the UM Medical System. Visit our new website today to learn more about all of the UM Charles Regional and UM Community Medical Group services offered right here in Southern Maryland.

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UM Charles Regional Imaging Now Open in La Plata

Charles Regional Imaging Now Open

You shouldn’t have to travel great distances to get a high-quality CT scan, MRI or ultrasound.
And if you live in or near Southern Maryland, you don’t have to anymore.

UM Charles Regional Imaging is now open in La Plata, and it’s home to an experienced team of board-certified University of Maryland faculty radiologists and highly skilled technologists who provide imaging services to diagnose a full range of conditions.

Employing advanced techniques and utilizing cutting-edge equipment, UM Charles Regional Imaging is now the most convenient location to receive the highest-quality advanced medical imaging services in our area. It’s just another way UM Charles Regional’s array of services can help put you back on a path to renewed health.

You can find UM Charles Regional Imaging at 5 North La Plata Court, Suite 104, here in La Plata. To schedule your appointment or to learn more about this new practice, visit its new website or call (301) 539-0345.

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