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400 Stuffed Animals Donated to Hospital for Young, Elderly Patients

CLINTON, MD -- MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center recently welcomed 400 stuffed animals through their doors, a donation from LaPlata High School senior Sidney Monk. Monk collected the brand-new stuffed animals through friends, family, acquaintances and a donation from the LaPlata Chick-fil-A restaurant.  She was inspired to perform this philanthropic mission after her own experience receiving a stuffed animal during a hospital stay as a child.  She has collected and donated stuffed animals to hospitals ever since, totaling thousands. MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center plans to distribute the animals first to young visitors to our Emergency Department. “Stuffed animals for…

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15 Tips for Eating Healthy While Dining Out

With Bonita Coe, MD, MBA, Director of MedStar Medical Group Waldorf Bonita Coe, MD, MBA When eating out, remember that restaurant food is inherently high in calories and salt. However, many restaurants have healthy options and provide calorie and nutrition information on their menus, which can help you choose healthier food options.  Here are 15 tips from Dr. Coe to help you focus on eating healthy when you’re grabbing a meal on the go: Avoid sweetened beverages, juices and alcohol. Instead, order water with lemon or sugar-free choices as your beverage. Drink water frequently during the meal to achieve the…

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Finding Relief After Colon Resection Surgery

Longtime Diverticulitis Sufferer Athelia Doggette Undergoes Removal of Problematic Section of Colon, Now Ready to Return to the NFL The toughness seen in the National Football League isn’t limited to the field. It extends to NFL Players Association employee Athelia Doggette, who endured a long and painful battle with diverticulitis, or digestive tract inflammation, before undergoing surgery and working toward recovery and a return to her fast-paced job. Since 2015, Athelia had been living with diverticulitis, which is a condition when pockets develop in the colon, that can cause pain, abdominal tenderness, nausea, vomiting or constipation. She began treatment with MedStar…

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MedStar Southern Maryland Seeks Community Feedback through Online Survey

CLINTON, MD -- MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center is seeking to learn more about the health needs of our community. We are inviting community members to participate in a survey to identify the needs of those who live near our hospital.  Your input will help us learn more about health needs and the role we can play in helping everyone live a healthy life. We do not ask for your name or any information that may be used to identify you, so your privacy is totally protected. The survey seeks to determine where community members seek out healthcare, whether they believe…

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