Civista Medical Center to Begin Operating as University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center
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on 05 10th, 2013 | No Comments
LA PLATA, MD – Civista Health of Charles County announced today that effective July 1, Civista Medical Center will begin operating under a new name –University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center. As the next step in its partnership with University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center (UM CRMC) is taking a name that conveys the longstanding history of the hospital in the Charles County community and access to an extensive network of advanced health services.
“Charles County is our home.” says Noel Cervino, President and CEO of UM CRMC. “The hospital was originally founded by dedicated Charles County physicians who saw the need for a local hospital after the devastating tornado of 1926 that killed 16 people.” Cervino adds “We are committed as ever to expanding our services to meet the needs of the growing southern Maryland region,”
“The word ‘regional’ in our name means expanding to serve a growing community,” says Joel Sewchand, MD, Chief of the Medical Staff at UM CRMC. “We will continue to expand over the next couple of years into additional physical facilities to better serve Charles County and neighboring communities.”
With a vision for successful growth, Civista Health entered into a two-year management agreement with UMMS in October of 2009. The Board of Directors voted to finalize the affiliation effective July 1, 2011, and Civista Health became a member of the University of Maryland Medical System.
“Our new name reflects the roots of our hospital in Charles County, the growing southern Maryland region we serve and access to a greater network of physicians and services through our partnership with the University of Maryland,” says Louis P. Jenkins, Jr., Esq., Chairman of the Board for UM CRMC. “It is fitting that in 2014, we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the hospital with a new name and a renewed optimism for the future.”
As Civista Medical Center becomes UM CRMC, it will continue to be governed by its own board and retain its own foundation for fundraising and philanthropy. “The money we raise from our foundation events is used right here in our hospital,” says Darlene Breck, immediate past chairwoman of UM CRMC’s Foundation Board of Directors. As well, employees of the hospital remain locally directed and employed by UM Charles Regional Health.
“The goals of the University of Maryland Medical System are to provide effective healthcare in the communities our hospitals serve and to deliver access to a greater network of physicians and services including the research and medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center,” says Bob Chrencik, president and CEO of UMMS. “Adopting the University of Maryland logo and naming strategy is a recognizable commitment of the System to the hospital and the southern Maryland region.”
ABOUT UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND CHARLES REGIONAL HEALTH:
University of Maryland Charles Regional Health is a regional, not-for-profit, integrated health system serving Charles County and the surrounding areas of southern Maryland. Its largest component is the 110-bed UM Charles Regional Medical Center.
UM CRMC was founded in 1939 as Physician’s Memorial Hospital, which opened to provide care for the citizens of Charles County, MD in response to a devastating tornado. In 2008, Civista completed expansion of the medical center, doubling the size of the facility and vastly increasing services and capacity. In July of 2011, Civista Health affiliated with the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), becoming the first expansion of UMMS into the Washington, DC area.
About University of Maryland Medical System:
The University of Maryland Medical System is a 12-hospital system with academic, community and specialty service missions reaching every part of the state and beyond. UMMS is a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurocare, cardiac care, women’s and children’s health and physical rehabilitation. It also has one of the nation’s largest kidney transplant programs, as well as scores of other programs that improve the physical and mental health of thousands of people daily. UMMS has more than 21,500 employees, approximately 2,300 licensed beds, about 120,000 annual patient admissions and gross patient revenues of $2.8 billion. Additionally, the Medical System generates nearly $4.4 billion in economic activity in Maryland. For more information, visit www.umms.org.