Health Care in La Plata, MD

On Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 07:00

Exceptional medical facilities and devoted nonprofit organizations afford Charles County residents a wealth of health-care options.

University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center

Founded in 1939 as Physician's Memorial Hospital and known as Civista between 1998 and 2013, UM CRMC is a regional, not-for-profit, integrated health system that serves Charles County and the surrounding parts of southern Maryland. The new name reflects the roots of the hospital in Charles County, as well as the desire to expand to serve a growing community.

UM CRMC has already increased the size of its campus through several land and building acquisitions, growing by 40 percent over the past few years. It has also been recognized by the Joint Commission (earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures) for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

Urgent Care

The mission of Patient First-Waldorf is to provide access to medical care as conveniently and cost-effectively as possible. The facility, which provides physician-directed urgent care, is open 365 days from 8 a.m.-10 p.m., with no appointment necessary.

Hospice of Charles County

Hospice House opened in April 2012 on Davis Road in Waldorf, across the street from North Point High School. The state-of-the-art inpatient facility is operated by Hospice of Charles County Inc., a nonprofit, community-based organization that provides effective pain and symptom management to individuals with life-limiting illnesses. Support is given by a team of trained nurses, aides, social workers, chaplains and volunteers, who work together to provide emotional and spiritual comfort to patients and caregivers alike.

Other Organizations and Providers

The Center for Children in La Plata is a private nonprofit that offers comprehensive mental health services to children and their families. The center is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse, and to the promotion of positive mental health through crisis intervention, therapy and education. It serves 4,500 individuals annually.

Health Partners (established 1992) is Charles County's only free clinic, providing medical and dental care, as well as women's wellness services and a clothing closet.

The Charles County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center rehabilitates patients and offers services for the aging, with a focus on recovery and independence. Staffers have specialized training in Alzheimer’s and dementia care, and also deliver short- and long-term care, as well as day services for adults in need of supervised medical day care.

Melwood and Spring Dell Center are both dedicated to serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with the former offering job opportunities through partnerships with community employers. Meanwhile, the Charles County chapter of the Red Cross and United Way of Charles County work to improve the community's health and wellness in a variety of ways.

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