Get to Know Frehiwot Temesgen, MD, Charles County’s Newest Neurology Specialist

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Neurologists are doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions that are caused by the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system (nerves that branch off from the spinal cord through the body). Although it’s a highly specialized field of medicine, it doesn’t mean that you can’t see a high-quality neurologist right here in Southern Maryland.

We’re proud to introduce Dr. Frehiwot Temesgen, Charles County’s newest board-certified neurologist who’s now practicing at UM Charles Regional Medical Group – Neurology in La Plata, MD.

Specialties and Treatments Offered

Dr. Temesgen is able to provide patients with evaluations and treatments for several neurological conditions, including:

  • Headaches
  • Seizures
  • Stroke
  • Memory Loss
  • Neuropathy
  • Radiculopathy
  • Tremors
  • Migraines
  • Spasticity

Dr. Temesgen uses a wide variety of treatments and specializes in the following procedures:

  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Electromyogram (EMG)
  • Botox for Chronic Migraines

Education and Background

Board certified in neurology and clinical neurophysiology, Dr. Temesgen has more than a decade of practical medical experience and expertise. She graduated from the Gondar University School of Medicine in Ethiopia in 2005 and worked as a general medical practitioner at Hawassa University Hospital until 2008 when she took a medical internship in Washington, D.C.

From there, she undertook a three-year neurology residency at Howard University Hospital, before becoming a clinical neurophysiology fellow at George Washington University.

Her most recent experience in the field includes:

  • Locum/PRN Neurohospitalist in Pennsylvania and West Virginia
  • Neurologist at Mary Washington Healthcare in Fredericksburg
  • Clinical Neurophysiology Fellow at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

How to Schedule an Appointment

Dr. Temesgen is now accepting new patients right here in Charles County at the UM Charles Regional Medical Pavilion in La Plata. 

To schedule an appointment, please call (301) 609-5044 — a doctor’s referral may be required. Patient registration and authorization forms are also available online to speed up the check-in process on the day of your first appointment (click here to download Spanish forms).

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Looking Ahead: What’s to Come for UM Charles Regional in 2020

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It’s hard to believe that 2019 is already in the rearview mirror. Our 80th year in Southern Maryland was really one for the books, and we’re so grateful for the support of our community and the hard work of our team to make it one of our best years yet.

As we reflect on all that we accomplished last year, we’re also looking ahead to everything that will shape our medical system here in Charles County. From new practices to upgrades for existing facilities, 2020 is sure to be a great year for UM Charles Regional. Here’s a look at some of the bigger changes on the horizon for our hospital and its associated practices:

Expansion of Our Birthing Center

One of the biggest updates to come to UM Charles Regional Medical Center in 2020 is the expansion of our Birthing Center. The upcoming upgrades to this highly rated unit will enable our team to serve more expecting mothers than ever before — all with the same great level of care you’ve come to expect from our obstetrics team.

Neurology Specialists, Right Here in Charles County

If you live in Southern Maryland and are in need of neurological care, you won’t have to travel outside of Charles County to get high-quality, expert care because UM Charles Regional Medical Group – Neurology is now seeing patients in La Plata. Led by Dr. Temesgen, this new specialty practice is located at the UM Charles Regional Medical Pavilion (just off Washington Ave.) and offers a wide variety of treatments for neurological conditions.

Visit our website to learn more, or call (301) 609-5044 to schedule your appointment today.

New Women’s Health Office for More Convenient Visits

The team at UM Charles Regional Medical Group – Women’s Health continues to provide compassionate care in La Plata, and we’re excited to announce that seeing a women’s health specialist is getting even more convenient if you live near Waldorf. While the existing La Plata office will continue to serve patients as always, a new office will be opening up in Waldorf later this year.

Our Annual Celebration Gala to Help Support It All

Without the support of our community, none of this would be possible. And with the help of the CRMC Foundation, we’re able to provide more services and better care right here in Charles County.

You can help support our mission of making Southern Maryland the happiest, healthiest place to call home by joining us at our annual Celebration Gala on February 29. Proceeds from this black-tie event benefit the CRMC Foundation and help us continually update and improve our care and medical practices just like those outlined in this blog. 

Visit the CRMC Foundation’s website to learn more and to reserve your tickets today!

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Keeping Strokes at Bay: Identification & Prevention Tactics

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Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. Due to their lasting impact, strokes have become the leading cause of serious long-term disability in the United States. 

Strokes can also kill. 

One of every 20 Americans die because of strokes, and with around 140,000 yearly deaths, someone loses their life to this disease every 4 minutes. 

Fortunately, strokes are preventable and treatable. This means that with the right tools, you can take steps to increase your health and reduce your chances of experiencing a debilitating stroke. 

Know Your Risk

Although it’s out of your control, genetics do play a part in your risk of having a stroke. Your family history could put you at a greater hereditary risk. Factors like age, gender and ethnicity also affect stroke statistics. This disease is more common in older people, women and African-Americans.

Take Prevention Measures

Medical conditions like high blood pressure or high cholesterol are also key indicators that raise your chances for a stroke. But these risk factors can be mediated through precautions and preventive steps. Maintaining a healthy weight and an active lifestyle can help. This means adjusting your diet to reduce your intake of salts, fats and cholesterol. Also, make sure to get moving with at least 2½  hours of physical activity a week. You should also avoid smoking and drink alcohol only in moderation, as these are also linked to the risk factors. 

BE FAST — Understand the Warning Signs 

Most strokes happen when blood flow to the brain is blocked. This results in a variety of symptoms that can be tricky to recognize in the moment. The most common symptoms are easily remembered with the acronym BE FAST.

B — Balance

E — Eyes and visual disturbances

F — Face drooping

A — Arm weakness

S — Speech difficulty

T — Time to call 911 

Although many don’t recognize all of the possible symptoms, this early stage of detection is especially important given that early identification can be the key to rapid treatment. Getting to a medical professional quickly in an emergency can mean better chances at a full recovery. It’s been shown that arrival to the hospital within three hours of the first symptoms is associated with greater success at reducing disability three months out. So if you notice the warning signs, act with the utmost urgency. 

Get Professional Help

When you’re experiencing a stroke, emergency medical staff will be there to guide you. But what if you want to access professional care as a preventive measure — whether to just learn more or work towards reducing your risk? Experts in the neurological field are the best doctors for extra care when it comes to strokes. 

If you’re seeking specialized neurological services in Southern Maryland, UM Charles Regional Medical Group – Neurology is now accepting patients at the UM Charles Regional Medical Pavilion in La Plata.

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