Celebrating 80 Years: The First Decade (1939-1949)

Celebrating 80 Years. The First Decade.

Although the hospital first opened its doors in 1939, its story starts a little earlier. And it starts with a devastating tragedy.

In 1926, a tornado with wind speeds exceeding 200 miles per hour decimated La Plata, leaving 17 dead in its wake.

“That is when the Charles County people began talking of the real need for a hospital,”  Paul D. Brown, the first Chair of the hospital Board of Trustees, said.

Charles County Comes Together for a Hospital

As a result, the General Assembly gave the county a goal: raise $10,000 and they could acquire the bonds needed to fund the hospital. The residents of Charles County banded together and exceeded the goal by $2,000. Today, adjusted for inflation, that extra amount would be over $36,000.

Thanks to this remarkable fundraising effort, Physicians Memorial Hospital opened its doors in 1939. From its first days, the hospital was committed to the equality of care, pledging that all patients would be treated equally, regardless of race, creed or political affiliation and would be served well.

Have you ever wondered why it was called “Physicians Memorial Hospital”? The name was selected by the Building Committee as a tribute to all the doctors in the county who spent years serving the residents of  Charles County without a proper hospital. Here’s what the original dedication read:

“To the memory of those physicians of Charles County who ministered to suffering humanity without the facilities of a local hospital, this building, constructed through the generosity of an appreciative people, is gratefully dedicated.”

The 1940s

By 1946, the population of Charles County was growing rapidly. The hospital provided a massive improvement for medical care in the region; however, the growing population put pressure on its limited bed space and manpower.

At least it kept its services affordable! Here’s how much you could expect to pay for a visit:

  • Room and board at the hospital cost $4.50 a night
  • Emergency room charges ranged from $1 to $2
  • Tonsillectomies were $25
  • Appendectomies were just $50

But even if a patient couldn’t pay for medical service, Physicians Memorial Hospital accepted everything from a young pig, a bushel of crabs, and even a quarter-of-beef (100 pounds) in return.

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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Don’t Miss Southern Maryland’s Premier Women’s Golf Tournament This June

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When it comes to golf courses in Southern Maryland, none are better than Swan Point Yacht and Country Club. And when it comes to annual golf events, there’s only one that is exclusively for women. We hope you’ll join us at both this June.

Date, Time and Location

The 2019 Southern Maryland Women’s Golf Invitational will take place on Wednesday, June 19, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Swan Point Yacht and Country Club in Issue, Maryland. Click here for directions to the course.

Event Details and Registration Information

Registrations are just $100 per person and can be purchased individually or as a foursome on our website. You can also use our printable registration form that can be mailed to the Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation Office.

For questions or to reserve your spot over the phone, please call (301) 609-4132.

Here’s everything we have planned for attendees:
  • Pre-tournament continental breakfast and putting contest
  • 18 holes of golf on the region’s premier course
  • Fun, interactive contests held throughout the day
  • Complimentary lunch and beverages on the course
  • Post-golf reception with awards for contest winners and top three teams

As always, proceeds from this great annual event benefit the Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation and its mission of making our community a better, healthier place to live.

Purchase Tickets

Sponsorship Opportunities

Want to get your business involved? This event provides fantastic opportunities for businesses and organizations to get exposure in front of a fun, energetic group of women — all in support of a great cause!

To learn more about sponsorship options available, visit our website or print out the sponsorship form today.

Become a sponsor

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5 Important Things You Need to Know About Stroke

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Few medical conditions are more severe or dangerous than stroke. It’s the fifth leading cause of death in America, and it’s also one of the most common causes of long-term disability.

There’s plenty to learn about the causes of and risk factors for stroke, but these are the five most important things you need to know right now:

Stroke Claims the Lives of 140,000 Americans Every Year

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stroke claims the lives of about 140,000 people in the United States per year. The CDC also estimates that stroke accounts for one out of every 20 deaths in America.

There Are Two Main Types of Stroke

A stroke occurs when something blocks the supply of blood to the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. When that happens, it causes damage to parts of the brain, depending on the severity of the stroke. Here are the two main types of stroke:

Ischemic Stroke – This is the type of stroke that happens when blood flow and, as a result, the oxygen supply to the brain becomes blocked — often because of a blood clot. It’s estimated that nearly 90% of all strokes are of this type.

Hemorrhagic Stroke – This type of stroke occurs when an artery in the brain leaks or ruptures, which puts pressure on and damages brain cells.

Nearly 25% of Strokes Occur Among Stroke Survivors

While there are a variety of health conditions, behaviors, and genetic characteristics that can increase a person’s risk, one of the most prominent factors in a person’s stroke risk is whether or not they’ve had a stroke before.

The CDC estimates that about one out of every four cases of stroke occurs among people who have had a previous stroke.

You don’t have to be a victim of a full ischemic stroke or hemorrhagic stroke to be at greater risk, either. In fact, there’s a third type of stroke, known as a transient ischemic attack (TIA). While TIAs are very serious medical emergencies just like major strokes are, these “mini-strokes” are characterized by a blockage of blood flow to the brain that only lasts for a short time. As a result, TIAs are often considered warning signs for a future stroke.

Most Strokes are Preventable

Stroke is something that is largely preventable by making healthy choices in your life. This is especially important to understand if you have any of the following conditions:

  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Certain heart conditions

High blood pressure is one of the most prevalent conditions in Americans, so it’s even more important for everyone to keep an eye on their blood pressure to ensure it stays within a healthy range. Check out this video to learn more.

With all that in mind, here are some things you can do to reduce your level of risk:

  • Enjoy a healthy, balanced diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Engage in physical activity regularly
  • Don’t smoke
  • Limit your alcohol intake

Visit the CDC’s website to learn more about how healthy lifestyle choices can improve your overall well-being and limit your risk for stroke.

Every Second Counts During a Stroke

The potential for long-term disability or even death as a result of a stroke is high, which means there’s no time to waste to get help. How can you spot the signs of stroke? Just follow the “BE FAST.” method if you think someone may be having a stroke:

Balance – Ask them if they feel like they’re losing their balance or coordination.
Eyes – Ask them if they’re having vision trouble or if things look blurry.
Face Drooping – Ask them to smile and observe whether or not one side of their face is drooping.
Arm Weakness – Ask them to raise both arms and see if one arm drifts downward.
Speech – Are they slurring their speech or are they speaking abnormally?
Time to Call 9-1-1 – If any of these symptoms are present, it’s time to call 9-1-1 immediately.

Bonus: Did You Know that University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center is a Primary Stroke Center?

We’re proud to have been designated a Primary Stroke Center by the Maryland Institute for Medical Services Systems. What this means is that we’re always ready to care for stroke patients by ensuring everything is in place to identify and intervene rapidly and effectively in cases of stroke

University of Maryland (UM) Charles Regional Medical Center has also consistently received top ratings from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for its continued effective and efficient treatment of stroke patients.

We’re also proud to host the Stroke & Brain Injury Support Group here at the hospital. This free support group meets regularly at UM Charles Regional Medical Center and is designed for those who’ve been affected by stroke or traumatic brain injuries. Visit our Facebook page to learn more and to keep up with upcoming meeting dates.

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5 Myths — and 5 Facts — About Autism

Autism Awareness Month

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 59 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder. Yet even as autism remains one of the most prevalent disorders in our society, the amount of misinformation surrounding it is shocking.

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, we’ve taken a closer look at five of the most common myths you’ll hear about autism as well as five of the most important facts you can share with friends and family.

Myth: Autism is Caused by One Thing

Fact: There are likely many causes of autism spectrum disorder. The CDC highlights environmental, biological, and genetic factors when discussing risk factors. A few of these risk factors include:

Even with those risk factors in mind, it’s important to remember that autism affects all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. So if you’re concerned about your child, talk to your doctor.

Myth: Autism is a Mental or Intellectual Disability

Fact: Autism is a neurological and developmental disorder that affects brain development from an early age. Many people with autism have high IQs and excel in a variety of subjects in school.

Myth: Autism is Caused by Vaccines

Fact: In 1998, a medical study was published that claimed there was a link between children who had developed autism and early-age immunizations. The study was later retracted, and since then, the safety of vaccines has been studied extensively by the CDC, the Institute of Medicine, and countless other medical organizations with no evidence to suggest that immunization influences a child’s risk level for developing autism spectrum disorder.

Myth: Autism Affects Everyone the Same Way

Fact: It’s called “autism spectrum disorder” because there are several subtypes of autism that affect people in unique ways. No two people who have autism experience it the same way, and each person has his or her own distinct set of challenges and abilities.

Myth: There is a cure for Autism or You Can Grow Out of It

Fact: While there is currently no cure for autism spectrum disorders, behavioral treatment can help reduce the severity of symptoms and help individuals develop essential skills for everyday life.

Want to get involved in spreading awareness about autism this month? Visit AutismSpeaks.org or Autism-Society.org to learn more.

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All the Details for Southern Maryland’s Favorite Annual Golf Tournament

2019 CRMC Golf Classic

Spring is here and the region’s favorite annual golf tournament is right around the corner. We hope you’ll join us for a fun day out on the links, all in support of a great cause.

Time and Location

The 2019 Golf Classic will take place on Thursday, May 16, from 9am-5pm at Swan Point Yacht & Country Club. This beautiful 18-hole course is a true Southern Maryland gem and one of the region’s premier courses.

Early Bird Registration

Right now, you can save $25 per person when you purchase individual spots or a foursome at CRMCfoundation.org or by sending in a printable registration form. Early bird pricing only lasts through April 30, so don’t wait to reserve your spot!

Proceeds directly benefit the Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation’s mission to help make Southern Maryland a healthier, better place to live.

What’s Included?

The main golf tournament is just part of what makes this event fun, and we’ve got plenty of extras planned for attendees:

  • Pre-tournament continental breakfast and putting contest
  • 18 holes of golf
  • Complimentary lunch, beer, and beverages on the course
  • Post-golf reception with awards for contest winners and top three teams

Purchase Tickets

Sponsorship Opportunities

The CRMC Foundation’s annual Golf Classic provides an exceptional opportunity for businesses of any size to get additional exposure among a local audience. We offer a wide variety of sponsorship opportunities — from branded golfer gifts to naming rights on the beverage cart — so be sure to check out CRMCfoundation.org or download the printable sponsorship form for more information.

Become a Sponsor

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3 Reasons Why We’re Raising Awareness for Minority Health Month

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We’re proud to support Minority Health Month this April as we shine a light on the importance of equal and accessible health care in Southern Maryland. Here are three reasons why this month means so much to us and those who count on us.

Some Diseases Affect People Disproportionately

While diseases such as cancer or the flu affect everyone regardless of who they are, there are certain diseases and ailments that affect a disproportionate number of minority groups in America.

Sickle cell disease is one such disease that affects minorities in America, especially among black people and African-Americans. African-Americans and Latino-Americans are also at higher risk for developing diabetes than other groups, too.

While there are numerous reasons why these groups are at greater risk for developing these diseases, more than anything, these facts serve as stark reminders that more work needs to be done to ensure that every member of the population is given the same chance to live a long, healthy life.

Health Disparities Can Be Caused by Multiple Factors

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines health disparities as “preventable differences in the burden of disease, injury, violence, or opportunities to achieve optimal health.” Ethnicity, race, gender, disability status, and socioeconomic factors can all play a role in this, and it’s important for communities to step up to help everyone live healthier.

Health disparities can come from:

  • Poverty
  • Environmental Threats
  • Poor Access to Health Care
  • Educational Differences

You can learn more about the various health differences that exist among the American population by visiting the official website of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.

Health Fairness is Important

At University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, we believe that no one should be put at a disadvantage in the health system, regardless of race, ethnicity, social status, age, or gender. By valuing health fairness, we value all people equally, and we work to ensure that every person in our community always has access to high-quality health care.

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Add Your Loved One’s Name to the Honor Roll of Women Before the May Deadline

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Whether you’re a family member who’s looking to recognize your mother, a husband memorializing your beloved wife, or a grandparent who’s celebrating the arrival of a new granddaughter, the Honor Roll of Women is the ideal opportunity to honor the special woman in your life.

Since 2009, the Honor Roll of Women has recognized the most important women in the lives of friends, families, and neighbors. Each name added to the Honor Roll is commemorated on the donor recognition located in the hospital’s atrium lobby.

Charitable contributions of just $1,000 to the CRMC Foundation support the Honor Roll of Women at UM Charles Regional Medical Center and ensure your loved one’s name will be added to the recognition wall. These generous gifts are essential to the hospital and enable us to meet the needs of every patient who seeks medical treatment in our region.

The Honor Roll of Women committee is already busy planning the reception to recognize the honorees whose names will be added to the list this year. Honorees receive a special card notifying them of the gift, and all donors and honorees are invited to celebrate the unveiling of the new class in late June. May 15 is the deadline to have the name of the special woman in your life included in this program.

Making Your Gift

For more information about how to make an Honor Roll gift for your loved one, email foundation@crmcfoundation.org or call (301) 609-4132 today.

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What’s the Scoop on Getting Your Vegetables and Fruits? Why It’s Important to Add Color to Your Plate.

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Some of our earliest memories of food come from those older and wiser than us demanding that we eat our broccoli or grab something from the fruit bowl.

As we get older, it’s easy to forget these good habits. After all, why exactly do we need to eat our fruits and vegetables? Our registered dietitian nutritionist, Jamilah Bugayong, filled us in on some of the top reasons why we should keep filling up our plates.

Eating a Diet Rich in Fruits and Vegetables Reduces Your Chance of Chronic Disease

Several studies have shown that a diet with more representation from these healthy food groups can lead to fewer cardiovascular problems over the course of life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention even lists a healthy diet as one of the best ways to defend against heart disease.

Some Vegetables and Fruits Are High in Fiber, Meaning They Can Help Prevent Type II Diabetes

“High-fiber foods are very important for a healthy lifestyle,” Bugayong said. “They not only help prevent and manage type II diabetes, but they also are some of your best defenses against obesity and even cancer.”

Fruits and Vegetables Tend to Have Fewer Calories Per Cup Than Other Foods

Crafting a lower-calorie diet plan can be challenging.

“Many people assume that a healthier diet always means eating less,” Bugayong said. “It’s often possible to satisfy all of your cravings with healthier alternatives.”

And, if you’re someone who could become pregnant:

Eating More Fruits and Vegetables Can Lead to a Healthier Pregnancy

Many fruits and vegetables contain folate (folic acid), which helps the body form red blood cells. Women who could become pregnant should pay attention to the amount of folate they take in, to help reduce the chance of several birth defects.

For more information, check out these articles on the importance of fruits and vegetables from the United States Department of Agriculture. Looking for more help creating a more nutrient-rich diet plan that works for you? Jamilah Bugayong is now taking appointments. Call 301-609-5044 or visit us online to find out more.

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Shining a Light on the Epidemic of Traumatic Brain Injuries During Brain Injury Awareness Month

Brain Injury Awareness Month

Did you know that millions of Americans are hospitalized and treated for traumatic brain injuries (TBI) every year? It’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls TBI “a serious health problem in the United States.”

You might know a fair amount about TBIs, including concussions, thanks to the awareness spread about such issues in the NFL and other professional sports leagues, but the problem goes well beyond athletes. And that’s why we’re joining the health community this month to shine a light on TBI in America.

Who’s Affected by Traumatic Brain Injuries?

TBI doesn’t discriminate and is a major cause of death and disability in our country, especially among adolescents and children. In fact, TBIs contribute to about 30% of all injury deaths, or about 50,000 deaths, per year, according to the latest data from the CDC.

A TBI is caused by a blow, bump, or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. And while not all impacts to the head result in TBI, the severity of these injuries can range from mild to severe. These are some of the leading causes of TBI:

  • Falls
  • Sports/Recreation Injuries
  • Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome)
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Workplace Injuries
  • Assaults and Gunshot Wounds

Military action is also a leading cause of TBIs — affecting a large number of America’s servicemen and servicewomen. According to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, there have been nearly 383,000 of these injuries diagnosed among service members in the past 18 years. And because the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have increased the number of veterans with TBI, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) now mandates TBI screenings for all veterans getting care from the VA.

Signs of Traumatic Brain Injury

Everyone who has TBI experiences it a little bit differently, so the symptoms of TBI can vary greatly from person to person. Only a health care provider can diagnose TBI accurately, and the symptoms outlined below do not automatically mean a person has a TBI, so see a doctor if you or someone you know have any questions or are in need of diagnosis.

Some immediate signs of TBI include:

  • Being Dazed and Confused
  • Loss of Consciousness
  • No Memory of the Injury

In addition, the following symptoms may occur well after the TBI has occurred:

  • Persistent Pain in the Neck or a Headache
  • Light and Noise Sensitivity
  • Loss of Balance
  • Loss of Sense of Smell and Taste
  • Fatigue or Lack of Energy
  • Slurred Speech
  • Ringing in the Ears
  • Nausea

The Danger of Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (Concussions)

Concussions are the most common form of TBI. But even though they are often considered the most mild form, these TBIs can still be especially damaging to the brain.

Because people who sustain a concussion don’t necessarily have a visible injury, pass out immediately, or show signs of injury right away, many don’t seek medical attention until well after a TBI has occurred. With that in mind, it’s important to monitor someone who you think may have a concussion and look for the symptoms of TBI. If any of the signs appear, even well after the fact, you should take him or her to the ER as soon as possible.

How Traumatic Brain Injuries Affect People

Brain injuries affect people in complex ways, and the effects a TBI can have on someone’s life can be devastating.

Depending on the severity, adults who’ve experienced a TBI may have difficulty re-adjusting to life at home, returning to work, managing their overall health, or even maintaining relationships. TBI is an especially unique condition because it affects everyone, not just the person who was injured.

For children, TBI can cause several physical, cognitive, and emotional impairments that impact their development. These can result in delays in education or financial stress for the affected family.

Brain Injury Support Groups in Southern Maryland

At UM Charles Regional Medical Center, we strive to take an active role in the management of and recovery from TBIs.

We regularly host free support group meetings here at the hospital for members of the community who’ve been affected by a brain injury or stroke as well as their family members. At these meetings, our team shares special educational materials, hosts question-and-answer sessions, and often welcomes guest speakers.

If you or a loved one has been affected by a TBI or stroke, we invite you to call (301) 609-4890 to learn more today. And if you know anyone who would benefit from attending one of these meetings, we hope you’ll share our event page with them on Facebook.

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Get to Know Primary Nurse Practitioner Kelli Goldsborough

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Kelli Goldsborough, NP, set out to study social work. But she gravitated toward nursing in school — first becoming a licensed practical nurse, then a registered nurse (RN) and finally a nurse practitioner (NP).

What’s the Difference Between a Registered Nurse and a Nurse Practitioner?

While RNs and NPs both tend to patients’ needs and treatments, nurse practitioners must complete a masters or doctoral educational program while RNs are required to complete a nursing program. In addition, NPs are able to see and treat patients on their own as well as prescribe medications. This is why you’ll commonly see an NP at a specialized practice, such as UM Community Medical Group – Primary Care, rather than at a hospital.

Where She Practices

From inpatient and outpatient settings to the health department and even hospice in St. Mary’s County, Goldsborough’s background is diverse and wide ranging. Now, she’s found a home in primary care.

“It’s challenging,” she said. “No two patient situations are the same. But I look forward to building relationships with patients the same way I have with my own primary care provider. I’ve been seeing some patients for more than 12 years, so when something’s wrong, there’s a little bit more understanding as to what’s happening. As you learn about patients and as they trust you, you can impact them in a more positive way to help them achieve their health goals.”

When She’s Not in the Office

When Goldsborough is off duty, her family takes center stage.

“My husband and I have five children between us — four of them still at home,” she said. “My youngest is six and my oldest is 16, along with two adult children who are 23 and almost 21.”

With three girls at home, after-school time and weekends often revolve around activities like Girl Scouts and dance. Goldsborough also makes time for extended family.

“I’ve lived in southern Maryland my entire life, and my family is here,” she said. “That’s important to me.”

Want to schedule an appointment with Nurse Practitioner Kelli Goldsborough? Give us a call at (301) 609-5044 today.

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