Class of 2019 Experiences Healthcare in Southern Maryland
On January 17, 2019, the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Class of 2019 participated in the fifth of nine educational sessions for the 2018-19 LSM Executive Program – Healthcare. Sponsored by The Chesapeake-Potomac Healthcare Alliance, this one-day event began with a panel discussion on healthcare challenges in Southern Maryland. The discussion featured presentations by representatives from Calvert Health System, University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, and MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. The morning also included speakers from Walden Behavioral Health and Health Partners, Inc.
Following a tour of Health Partners’ Waldorf facility, the class boarded a bus and headed to Recovery Centers of America Maryland Center for Addiction Treatment. There they learned how the center goes about its mission “to save one million lives, one neighborhood at a time.” After a behind-the-scenes tour at the treatment facility, the Class of 2019 traveled to Sagepoint Senior Living Services for an up-close look at the services they offer to seniors. While at Sagepoint, the class was given the unique opportunity to participate in a dementia exercise that demonstrated the challenges faced by those coping with memory loss and sensory issues.
The healthcare session also included presentations by Charlotte Hall Veterans’ Home Executive Director, Sharon Murphy and Melwood Veteran Services Ourtreach Program Manager, Travis Rahill. Both speakers shed light on some of the programs and services available to veterans in the region. A panel discussion on public and community health issues capped off the day and featured the health officers from Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties. The opioid epidemic, infectious diseases, and the role health departments play in educating the public were just some of the topics covered by the panel.
Leadership Southern Maryland is a nine-month tuition-based program that educates and inspires a diverse group of current and emerging leaders creating opportunities for collaborations and partnerships impacting the community needs of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties ensuring a cross-section of the region including diversity of geographic location, profession, ethnicity and gender. Applications for the Class of 2020 are being accepted through April 1, 2019.