Breastfeeding Benefits and Facts Every New or Expecting Mother Should Know

Photo of group of infants

If you’re a brand new mom or are getting ready to be one, you probably have a lot of questions about breastfeeding. You might be wondering whether breastfeeding or formula is the right way to go, or you’re simply wondering where you can find resources for breastfeeding near you. Fortunately, it’s National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, so we’re breaking it all down. Here’s what you need to know.

Breastfeeding Has so Many Benefits for Babies

Although great strides have been made to make infant formula as nutritious and healthful as possible over the past several decades, there’s no question in the medical community that breast milk provides the greatest benefit to babies and their mothers.

Here’s what Dr. Ruth Peterson of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had to say about breastfeeding:

“It is the clinical gold standard for infant feeding and nutrition, with breast milk uniquely tailored to meet the health needs of a growing baby.”

Breast milk is such a good source of nutrients that breastfeeding has been found to reduce the risk of the following conditions among infants:

  • Asthma
  • Obesity
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Ear and Respiratory Infections
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • Gastrointestinal Infections
  • Necrotizing Enterocolitis
  • Allergies
  • Eczema

It Also Benefits Mothers, Too

One lesser-known fact about breastfeeding is that it can also have potentially beneficial health benefits for nursing mothers. 

The American Institute for Cancer Research notes that breastfeeding can reduce the risk of pre- and post-menopausal breast cancers. And it’s also been linked to a reduced risk of the following conditions:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Breast Cancer

Studies have also shown that breastfeeding for at least three months can help women lose weight after giving birth. 

Only 25 Percent of Infants Are Breastfed According to Recommendations

While the case for breastfeeding is a strong one, the CDC estimates that just one in four infants are exclusively breastfed (i.e., breastfeeding without supplemental infant formula) through six months after birth — the time frame recommended by the World Health Organization and American Academy of Pediatrics.

Although breastfeeding has grown in popularity significantly since the 1990s, it’s clear that many babies still aren’t being breastfed or aren’t being breastfed for long enough. This trend has especially affected black infants, whom the CDC says are 21% less likely to be breastfed at all.

Many Mothers Stop Breastfeeding for a Variety of Reasons

There’s no question that moms just want to do what’s best for their children and their family, so the reasons why they don’t start breastfeeding or don’t continue doing it for the recommended amount of time are important to understand.

It’s estimated that 60% of mothers stop breastfeeding before they planned to, and these are a few of the most common reasons why:

  • Issues with Lactation and Latching
  • Nutrition and Weight Concerns
  • Unsupportive Work Policies
  • Lack of Support from Family
  • Didn’t Feel Aligned with Cultural Norms

With these things in mind, it’s essential for communities and medical professionals to continue supporting mothers who breastfeed by breaking the stigma or making education a top priority for new moms. And, that’s why University of Maryland (UM) Charles Regional Medical Center regularly hosts breastfeeding support groups. These free support groups are facilitated by a lactation consultant who can answer nursing moms’ questions and concerns. Visit our classes and events calendar to find out when this group meets next.

Not Breastfeeding Can Be Costly

Beyond the added upfront costs of purchasing baby formula — which can be a very expensive experience in and of itself — choosing to feed your baby formula instead of breast milk can have even more costly long-term effects.

Because breastfeeding has been shown to reduce the risk of so many conditions and ailments, it’s important to view breastfeeding as an investment in health rather than just a lifestyle choice. In fact, the CDC estimates that low breastfeeding rates can cost Americans over $3 billion per year as a result of indirect medical costs. Unfortunately, studies have shown that breastfeeding rates are actually lower among lower-income Americans, so these health costs may be disproportionately affecting those who can least afford them.

Resources for New and Expecting Moms in Southern Maryland

Deciding whether or not you want to breastfeed your child is a personal choice. New and expecting mothers should always talk with their doctor to learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding versus formula so they can make an informed decision about what’s best for them and their family.

If you’re still unsure about breastfeeding or simply want the perspective of a women’s health doctor, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at UM Charles Regional Medical Group – Women’s Health in La Plata, MD. Led by Dr. Erica Contreras and Dr. Katreena Settle, this practice is where you can get answers to your most pressing questions and care from women doctors who have a combined 22 years of experience.

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Previewing the Flavors of the 2019 Autumn Wine Tasting Event

Food vendors at CRMC's Autumn Wine Tasting smiling at their booth

Every year, Southern Maryland’s finest makes their way to the grounds of the historic Port Tobacco Courthouse to raise a glass to good health in their community. The reason why they’re all gathered there is the Annual Autumn Wine Tasting, which benefits the Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation.

While this event’s name reflects the primary focus of the evening — wine tastings — one aspect not to be overlooked is the delicious food provided by some of the area’s favorite restaurateurs, cafes, and shops. And this year’s is no exception.

Here’s a look at just some of what guests can expect at the 22nd Annual Autumn Wine Tasting taking place on September 7. We’ll have others, but for now, here is a sneak peek at a few:

Charles Street Bakery Logo

Located in the heart of La Plata, Charles Street Bakery has been a purveyor of baked goods since 2002. This year, they’ll be sharing a delicious array of desserts with everyone attending the Autumn Wine Tasting.

The Greene Turtle Logo

The Greene Turtle has long been a local happy hour spot and for good reason. Its plentiful selection of beer and tasty eats is hard to turn down. They’ll bring a little bit of that flavor with them as they join us and serve crab dip with Bavarian pretzels as well as buffalo chicken nachos.

Hancock Family Farms Logo

If you live in Southern Maryland, you’d be hard-pressed to find better meat than what you can get from Hancock Family Farms. Don’t believe us? Just look at what everyone else has to say about them. Be prepared to sample their cheeseburger sliders.

The Charles Logo

There’s no question that Casey Jones Restaurant was an iconic La Plata landmark. Fortunately, The Charles has done their best to carry that legacy forward in that same location. If you haven’t checked out their delicious brunch, lunch, or dinner offerings yet, you’re in for a treat because they’ll have some of those items ready to try at the Autumn Wine Tasting.

Apple Spice Junction Logo

Over 30 years ago, Apple Spice Junction started as a small deli and bakery. Today, it’s grown to nearly 50 stores, including one right here in La Plata. They’ll be sharing a few of their menu items that’s made Apple Spice a go-to lunch spot for so many, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Michelle's Cakes Logo

One look at Michelle’s Cakes’ Instagram profile and you’ll know that this local bakery is special. This family-run business turns the process of making delicious cakes and desserts into an art form. Our sweet tooth is already craving the cupcakes, dessert bars, dessert cups, and cookies they’ll be sharing with our guests.

Swan Point Logo

Swan Point Yacht & Country Club is so much more than just a place to play golf. One of our favorite parts of this country club is its dining options for catered events or just a meal at The Point Grill. Be sure to find their event tent to sample their Louisiana shrimp and s’mores mousse.

Pizza Hotline Logo

You know who to call when you’re craving pizza or other Italian favorites. Pizza Hotline is one of La Plata’s favorite places to grab a slice (or a few), and we’re excited to announce that they’re bringing their delicious lasagna for guests to sample.

Secure Your Tickets for the Autumn Wine Tasting

Time is running out to purchase tickets to the 22nd Annual Autumn Wine Tasting. If you don’t want to miss out on any of this delicious food, wine offerings, or famed silent auction items, visit our website to buy your tickets now or call (301) 609-4132 to learn more.

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Celebrating 80 Years: The Fourth Decade (1969-1979)

Celebrating 80 Years: The Fourth Decade

Still riding high from the success of its latest expansion in the 1960s, Physicians Memorial Hospital was ready to continue its streak of achievement in the 1970s. The next step in the journey toward becoming the hospital we know and count on today? A second expansion, bringing more space and additional facilities.

A groundbreaking ceremony took place for the second expansion in April 1973. The renovations would take two years to complete while the county waited in anticipation.

On October 10, 1975, the wait was finally over and two additional round nursing units were dedicated. These units brought exponentially increased efficiency and nearly doubled the capacity of the hospital.

By this time, round nursing units were more popular throughout the nation, but Physicians Memorial remained on the cutting edge, keeping its patients’ needs at the center of every thoughtful expansion.

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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Why You Should See a Specialist for Your Acute or Chronic Wounds

Photo of doctor seeing chronic wound patient

According to a 2017 study from the National Institutes of Health, over 7 million Americans suffered from chronic wounds at the time of the research. Now, a decade later, that number continues to rise.

When you have a wound that won’t heal, it can have a lasting impact on your everyday life. If you’ve considered wound care treatment for you or a loved one for improved quality of life, consider seeking specialist care for a more efficient and effective recovery. 

Here are some reasons why making specialized care a part of your wound care experience may be right for you:

A Multidisciplinary Team Means a Well-Rounded Approach

When seeking a care program that specializes in wound care, you’ll have access to a trained team of nurses, physicians and physical therapists. Their expertise and diverse clinical knowledge can be combined to create a holistic plan for comfort and healing.

Don’t Just Treat the Symptom, Find the Cause

Working with a specialized wound care team means you have more resources at your disposal to determine the causes that contribute to your slow-healing wounds. Many factors can play into a delayed healing process, including:

Infection — Leads to larger wounds and a slower healing process

Diabetes — Increases the likelihood that chronic wounds will develop

Obesity — Increases risk for infection after surgery and can put tension on stitches, causing them to break open and further delay healing

Age — Generally plays a factor in the speed of the healing process because wounds heal more slowly as you get older

Alcohol — Excessive drinking can increase a person’s risk for post-surgical complications and contribute to a slower healing process

Smoking — Like drinking, tobacco use can delay the healing process after surgery, while also increasing risk for infections and opening wounds

Stress — Can often lead to poor sleep and eating habits, as well as excessive drinking or smoking 

Medications — Some medications, including painkillers known as Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs or NSAIDs, can slow the healing process

Advanced Technologies Lead to Advanced Care

From specialized dressings to hyperbaric oxygen therapy, wound care centers have the equipment and techniques at their disposal to offer a wide variety of treatment that is usually unavailable at a medical office that does not specialize in wound care. These can have a huge impact on the speed of recovery and the final results of wound treatment. Some other techniques typically specific to wound care centers are: 

Wound debridement — A process of removing tissue from the wound bed to promote healing

Bioengineered tissue substitutes — Replacements for damaged tissue that can seamlessly integrate into the skin

Platelet growth technologies — Stimulation of the body’s natural platelet production, leading to the skin healing faster

Wound Care Specialists Can Save Limbs and Lives

While a wound that doesn’t heal can first appear like more of an annoyance than a serious medical concern, if left untreated and unmanaged, it can lead to serious medical complications. Conversely, according to a 2012 study using data from the US Wound Registry, nearly two-thirds of patients seen at hospital-based outpatient wound centers heal their wounds, avoiding these complications and instead experiencing an improved quality of life going forward.

Concerned about a wound that just won’t heal? Ask your doctor if you should consider seeing a wound care specialist today. For more information, call 301-609-7701 or visit our website.

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What You Need to Know About the 2019 Autumn Wine Tasting

Photo of group of people at CRMC’s autumn wine tasting in 2018

We hope you’re as excited as we are for the 22nd annual Autumn Wine Tasting. Southern Maryland’s favorite event is the place to be this September, and we’re giving you a sneak preview of everything you need to know for this year’s event: 

Date, Time, and Location

This year’s event will once again take place on the grounds of the historic Port Tobacco Courthouse on Saturday, September 7th.

This historic venue provides the perfect backdrop for an evening of food, wine, and fundraising for a great cause.

The event goes from 6pm-10pm. From there, it’s not uncommon to see many of the attendees relocate to local bars and restaurants to keep the festivities going.

What to Expect at the Event

Guests will enjoy samplings of more than 30 wines, specialty beverages, an open bar, and more than a dozen cuisine stations hosted by area restaurants. Guests will also have access to a cigar lounge as well as a silent auction that features a wide variety of unique memorabilia, collectibles, and experiences, courtesy of our sponsors and generous donors.

Ticket Options

Tickets for the Autumn Wine Tasting are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting the CRMC Foundation website or by calling (301) 609-4132. As always, tickets must be purchased in advance, and you must be 21 or older to attend.

Three ticket levels are being offered, so you can select the experience that suits you best. Purchase by August 26th to save on general admission tickets with early bird pricing!

VIP Tickets – $150

  • 1-hour early access (5 p.m.) to the venue, including food and beverage samplings
  • On-site parking
  • Commemorative 80th Anniversary wine glass
  • Complimentary wine samples
  • Gourmet food station tastings

General Admission – $90 (Through 8/26/19)

  • General admittance (6 p.m.) to the venue
  • Free parking at the Charles County Government Building
  • Complimentary motorcoach to and from the event
  • Commemorative 80th Anniversary wine glass
  • Complimentary wine samples
  • Gourmet food station tastings

Designated Driver Ticket – $45

  • General admittance (6 p.m.) to the venue
  • Free parking at the Charles County Government Building
  • Complimentary shuttle to and from the event
  • Unlimited non-alcoholic beverages
  • Gourmet food station tastings

Proceeds from this year’s event will help equip our nursing units, fund improvements for our imaging and surgical services and help bridge the gap and reduce barriers to care through health initiatives for our expanding community.

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In the Event of Inclement Weather…

This is a rain-or-shine event; however, in the event of rain or inclement weather, be sure to check our Facebook page for real-time updates and recommendations.

Parking and Transportation

General admission parking will be at the Charles County Government Building (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD), and complimentary round-trip motorcoach service, courtesy of Keller Transportation, will be provided beginning at 5:45 p.m. Event tickets must be provided to BOARD the motorcoach.

VIP ticket holders can access on-site parking as an added benefit of their ticket purchase. 

Donate an Item or Become a Sponsor

Want to make a difference in your community while promoting your business or organization? You can donate an item for our silent auction or become a sponsor of the event by contacting Tricia Holcomb at 301-609-4319 or Additional information about sponsorship levels is also available on the CRMC Foundation website.

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Why Cord Blood Banking is Something Expecting Parents Should Consider

Infant child sleeping

If you’re an expecting parent, you probably have a long to-do list of things that need to get done before the big day. But if you haven’t added “donating cord blood” to that list yet, here’s why you should consider it:

What is Cord Blood?

Cord blood is the blood that’s found in a newborn baby’s umbilical cord and placenta. This blood is a primary source of stem cells, which are the cells that are necessary for producing blood. 

Here’s a quick video that explains what cord blood is and how the stem cells found in cord blood can benefit patients in the case of a transplant: 

What Normally Happens to Cord Blood?

Although the potential of cord blood and its stem cells is incredible, this is still an emerging element of modern medicine. For that reason, the umbilical cord and placenta are often discarded as medical waste today rather than used for potentially lifesaving transplants.

How Does Saved Cord Blood Get Used?

The Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood Foundation notes that about 70% of patients who need a stem cell transplant don’t have a matching donor in their own family. Fortunately, cord blood doesn’t have to be perfectly matched to help those dealing with ailments such as:

  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Sickle Cell
  • Anemia
  • Autoimmune Disorders

Although these cancers and disorders can often be treated by bone marrow transplants, cord blood donations can contain as much as 10 times more stem cells than bone marrow donations. In addition, stem cells from cord blood are less likely to be rejected than those from bone marrow.

Public vs. Private Cord Blood Banking

While the general concept of cord blood banking involves the preservation of cord blood, there are a few different types of cord blood banking:

Public cord blood banking doesn’t cost anything for the parents and is designed to make the potentially lifesaving cells available to anyone who needs them. Public cord blood banks collect, test, and preserve the cord blood until it is needed by a patient or patients.

Private cord blood banks do exist, too. Sometimes called “family banks,” these are designed to save cord blood exclusively for members of your family so that it can be used if there are any specific medical needs within the family. Unfortunately, private cord blood banking means that the cells are not made available to those outside of your family, so those who are in need will not be able to make use of those cells if they need a transplant. Moreover, private cord blood banks are usually expensive and, even if the cord blood comes from a family member, there’s only about a 25 percent chance that another family member’s body will even be able to receive the cells.

Cord Blood Donations at University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center

Although we do not currently offer public cord banking here at the hospital, we encourage families to consider participating in one of many mail-in programs that you can learn more about here

Ultimately, your decision to take part in cord blood banking — public or private — is up to you and your family, and it’s not a decision to be taken lightly. If you’re considering cord blood banking, visit the Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood Foundation’s website and be sure to talk to your doctor and/or your midwife to find out more and to answer any questions you may have. 

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Celebrating 80 Years: The Third Decade (1959-1969)

Celebrating 80 Years: The Third Decade

The 1960s started off with some good news for Physicians Memorial Hospital. Demand for a new building was expressed in 1957, and by the beginning of the next decade, the hospital’s needs would finally be addressed.

Once the location and plans were finalized, it was announced that this new building would open in 1963 — with great support and appreciation from the residents of Charles County.

A New Hospital Design

This new building featured a cylindrical design with a circular nursing unit featured at the heart of the hospital. A relatively new design idea, this layout allowed for patients to be easily seen at the central nursing station, regardless of which room they occupied. While this is a relatively common feature of hospitals today, Physicians Memorial Hospital would be one of the first in the region to include it.

The new hospital was dedicated on October 13, 1963, and 1,500 residents of Charles County attended the dedication in a tremendous display of support for the hospital and its new structure.

More victories would come later in the decade as Physicians Memorial Hospital. One of the most important came when it became the very first hospital in Southern Maryland to be accredited by The Joint Commission for Hospital Accreditation on October 18, 1968.

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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For Women, Taking Care of Those You Love Starts with Taking Care of Yourself

Female doctor smiling at female patient

People are counting on you.

From your family and friends to your co-workers and just about everyone else, we know that the demands on your time and energy are very real. That’s the reality of women everywhere.

Most women don’t hesitate to make sure the ones they love are healthy and happy, planning healthy meals and scheduling doctor’s appointments when needed. Taking care of other people comes naturally.

Taking care of yourself? Well, for many women, that’s a little more difficult.

The good news is that you have plenty of resources right here in Southern Maryland that make it easy and convenient to prioritize your health. Because if you’re going to be there for the ones you love, you have to be there.

University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Group – Women’s Health, located in La Plata, offers a variety of services designed to keep you healthy and make regular checkups part of your routine.

Their experienced OB/GYNs offer obstetric, gynecological and well-woman care for all stages of life.

The comprehensive care at Women’s Health includes: 

  • Annual pelvic exams
  • Breast exams
  • Management of menopause symptoms
  • Urinary incontinence treatment
  • Minimally invasive surgery to treat uterine fibroids, endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome

Part of your plan of care should also include annual mammograms once you reach age 40 –– or earlier if your family history suggests a higher risk of breast cancer. Advancements in technology mean that a quick visit to a place like UM Charles Regional Imaging can provide you with a crystal clear picture to confirm your health or identify any issues early on.

Available services include both screenings and diagnostic mammograms.

  • Screening mammograms help find unsuspected changes in your breast tissue
  • Diagnostic mammograms are performed if a change is identified in your breast tissue with a screening mammogram or if you have had a previous breast cancer diagnosis
  • 3-D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) produces three-dimensional images of the breast, leading to better cancer screening and detection.

Whether it’s a visit to Women’s Health or Imaging, an appointment is only a phone call away. It’s easier than ever to take care of yourself. 

So make the call. Make an appointment. And make your health a priority. Because the people you love are counting on you to be there to take care of them.

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Why Protecting Yourself from UV Rays May Be the Most Important Thing You Can Do This Summer

Woman Applying Sunscreen to Skin During the Summer

From vacations to yardwork, our summer activities have us outdoors enjoying all the benefits of warm weather and long days more than any other time of the year. It’s a great time to get some exercise outside or simply relax in all that nature has to offer, but summer is also a time when people expose themselves to dangerous ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

Read on to learn more about what UV rays are, how they can affect your body, and what you can do to protect yourself — a great way to participate in UV Safety Awareness Month this July.

What Is UV Radiation?

UV rays are a form of radiation that primarily comes from the sun but are also generated by things like tanning beds. These rays can damage a person’s skin by changing the way the DNA of skin cells operates.

These are the two most common types of UV rays:

UVA – These rays can damage skin cell DNA and lead to long-term skin damage.

UVB – These rays have more energy than UVA rays, which means they cause sunburns and damage skin cell DNA directly.

How UV Exposure Can Affect Your Body

It’s no secret that prolonged, unprotected exposure to UV rays can ultimately lead to skin cancer — it is, after all, the most common form of cancer in the United States. But what you might not know is that all that time in the sun can affect you in other ways if you don’t take the necessary steps to protect yourself.

Here are just a few other ways UV rays can affect your body if you’re not protected:

Overexposure to UV rays has also been linked to a weakened immune system, which makes it harder for your body to fight off illnesses or receive the full benefits of immunizations.

What About Vitamin D?

One of the most commonly referenced arguments against the frequent application of sunscreen or wearing shade-protective clothing such as hats or long-sleeved shirts is that exposure to the sun provides necessary vitamin D. While this is an essential nutrient for our bodies, its connection with sun rays is often misunderstood.

Vitamin D is important for a person’s bone health and has many other health benefits, but doctors are still learning about just how much a person needs in a day. And although your body does produce vitamin D when it’s exposed to UV rays, the potential danger of overexposure vastly outweigh the benefits in this case.

Here’s what the American Cancer Society says about UV rays and vitamin D:

Whenever possible, it’s better to get vitamin D from your diet or vitamin supplements rather than from exposure to UV rays because dietary sources and vitamin supplements do not increase skin cancer risk and are typically more reliable ways to get the amount you need.”

How to Protect Yourself

Fortunately, protecting yourself from UV rays is easy and inexpensive. Here’s how you can keep yourself and your family safe this summer:

Seek the Shade and Stay Covered

The hours between 10am and 4pm are typically the most dangerous in regard to UV exposure. With this in mind, ensuring that you have a place to get some shade is absolutely essential. This is especially important if you’re spending your day on the beach or anywhere else where the reflection of the sun can increase UV exposure, such as in the snow or sand.

Stay Covered

Wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, long skirts, and hats may not always feel like the most appealing option in the hot summer months, but these protective clothing items can keep you safe. Just remember, dark clothing is usually more protective than light clothing.

Apply (and Reapply Sunscreen) Every Two Hours

Picking the right kind of sunscreen — and then applying it properly — is an important step in protecting yourself. A sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 is necessary to block UVA and UVB rays, but a higher SPF is recommended. As the American Cancer Society highlights, however, no sunscreen can protect you completely, so it should be treated as a supplement to your protection.

Choose the Right Sunglasses

Beyond their look and style, sunglasses are a summer essential for a reason. In terms of protecting your eyes from UVA and UVB exposure, there’s nothing better — as long as you pick the right ones. 

When picking out a new set of shades, always look for UVA and UVB protection ratings. Any worthwhile pair will tell you how protective it is against these types of radiation, and you shouldn’t accept anything less than 100%. 

Want to learn more about skin cancer and how to protect yourself from harmful UV rays? Visit for more articles and tips from the American Cancer Society.

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Looking Back at the 2019 CRMC Foundation Golf Events

2019 CRMC Foundation Golf Events - Golf Carts

Another spring season is in the books, which means that the Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation had the pleasure of putting together two more great golf events for our community. Take a look back at our 2019 Golf Classic and Southern Maryland Women’s Golf Invitational.

2019 Golf Classic

Golfers on golf cart at CRMC's 2019 Golf Classic event

On Thursday, May 16, over 100 golfers came out to Swan Point Yacht and Country Club in Issue, MD, to take part in our Golf Classic. 

Presented by Washington Gas, this golf outing is one of Southern Maryland’s favorite annual events, and beautiful weather marked the occasion this time around. Be sure to check out the Foundation’s website to see a full list of sponsors and additional event photos.

2019 Southern Maryland Women’s Golf Invitational

Women golfers on the green at CRMC Foundation's 2019 Southern Maryland Women's Golf Invitational

Also benefiting the Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation, the 2019 Southern Maryland Women’s Golf Invitational took place Wednesday, June 19, at Swan Point Yacht and Country Club.

More than 52 incredible women hit the links with us in what has become one of the region’s most popular women’s golf tournaments. And thanks to the support G.S. Proctor + Associates, Inc., other local sponsors, and everyone who attended, over $40,000 was raised in support of the Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation from both tournaments.

Visit our website to see who else sponsored the event and a full album of event photos.

What These Events Support

Just like our annual Celebration Gala and Autumn Wine Tasting events, our annual golf outings directly support the mission of the Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation. 

Since 1986, this nonprofit organization has worked to enhance the financial resources of UM Charles Regional Medical Center to aid its mission of making Southern Maryland a better, healthier place to live — a mission that’s achievable only with the support of generous local businesses and community members.

To learn more about Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation’s mission and upcoming fundraising events, visit or call (301) 609-4132.

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