Check It Out

August 15, 2014

Give the Gift of Life

The University of Maryland Medical Center will host a Red Cross blood drive on August 28 from 8 am to 1:30 pm in the Paca Pratt Building, Lower Level. All donors will receive a $5 gift card good at any medical center restaurant as our thanks for donating.  Please schedule your donation at or just stop by.

Camden Yards Parkers

Please note that there are evening games on August 25-29. The games start at 7:05 pm and all vehicles must be removed no later than 5:30 pm.  For more information on restrictions during baseball season, please refer to the Parking page on the UMMC Intranet or email If you are interested in switching to an alternate parking facility, please stop by the Parking and Transportation office in room G1J42 to find out what is available.

University Farmers Market

Stop by The University Farmers Market in the Plaza Park, across the street from the hospital’s main entrance, along Paca Street. Local farmers will be selling fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, soups, sauces and much more. The market will be open every Tuesday from 10 am until 2:30 pm and will run weekly through November. The University Farmers Market, in addition to WIC vouchers and senior coupons, now accepts SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) benefits, formerly known as Food Stamps.

Weight Watchers at Work

As part of the Step Up To Good Health Wellness Program, UMMC continues to offer Weight Watchers at Work. Join us for a free Open House on Thursday, August 28 at 12:45 pm in room 2 in the lower level of the Paca Pratt building. This will be hosted by a Weight Watchers leader who has successfully lost weight with Weight Watchers. Engage in fun activities; learn about the proven Weight Watchers approach, the new Check monthly pass and how you can attend At Work meetings. Weight Watchers offers the new Simple Start program, two weeks of meals designed to get you off to a fantastic start.  You will learn what to eat to be satisfied and start losing weight.

The program is available by purchasing a monthly pass for $39.95 per month.  The monthly pass system allows members to attend meetings at work at UMMC or near their home.  You do not need to wait for a session to begin; you can join at any time. 

All Weight Watchers at Work meetings are scheduled in the lower level of the Paca Pratt building at 110 South Paca Street from 1 - 1:30 pm on Wednesdays.  Weigh in begins at 12:45 pm prior to the meeting.   If you have further questions or need assistance, please contact Regina Hogan, Employee Health Services at 410-328-1788 or contact Weight Watchers via email or phone at or phone 866-204-2885.

Lexington Market Discounts

Lexington Market is partnering with the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) to offer some exciting market discounts for UMB students, faculty, and staff, and University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) employees.  How to Receive the Discount:

  1. Visit Lexington Market and make sure you have your UMB or UMMC ID.
  2. Look for any vendor with a "UMB/UMMC Discount" badge in their window.
  3. Show the vendor your UMB/UMMC ID and get a discount.

To view the list of participating vendors, visit

Bariatric Surgery Support Group

This group offers support for post-operative bariatric surgery patients to gain confidence and support necessary to maintain weight loss success. Meetings will be held at UMMC in the Patient Assembly Room (PRC) on:
2nd Thursday of each month 5:45-6:30 pm 4th Tuesday of each month, doors will open at 11:30 am and the meeting will start at noon (bring your lunch), low calorie drinks will be provided.

For more information, visit

UMMC Healing Arts Exhibit for Employees & Families

The Healing Arts Team, has partnered with the National Arts Program® to host our second employee art exhibition and awards reception at UMMC on October 2. All UMMC employees, physicians, and their immediately family members are invited to exhibit their artwork and compete for cash prizes sponsored by the National Arts Program® in the following categories: Amateur, Intermediate, Professional, Teen 13-18 and Youth 12 & Under. There is no entry fee, but all entries must be the original work of the applicant, completed within the last three years.  Registration is now open until August 8. For more information, visit or contact Rachel Hercenberg, C2X Healing Arts Team Lead & Venue Coordinator, at

UMMS Foundation - Registration is now open for the following events at the Baltimore Running Festival:

Children’s Heart Running Team

Bring the family to support the Children’s Heart Running Team on Saturday, October 18. Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Heart Program at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital. For more information, contact Ali Hoffman at 410-328-4609 or

Run for a Cause in the Baltimore Running Festival with TEAM TSN

Be a part of the Trauma Survivors Network Team at the Baltimore Running Festival on October 18. Proceeds will benefit the Trauma Survivors Network at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. For more information, contact Whitney Sibol at 410-328-2035, email

Gift Shop News

The Gift Shop will be holding special promotions and sales throughout August. Stop by for all your gift giving needs. 

The deadline for the next online issue of Check It Out is August 27, 2014 at noon. Email items to Check It, fax to 410-328-3450 or drop them off to Communications and Public Affairs, 110 S. Paca Street, 9th floor. All submissions must have contact information. If you have any questions, call 410-328-6776.

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