American Heart Association consolidating offices

July 10, 1997


Staff Writer

The American Heart Association is opening a regional office in Hagerstown July 15 that will serve the western counties of Maryland and nine counties in West Virginia.

Previously, the agency had offices in Columbia, Cumberland Frederick and Hagerstown in Maryland, but by opening a regional office they are centralizing their services, said Kay Hoffman, regional director for the new office.

"All (eight) employees will continue to work with us, but we are just consolidating them. By centralizing the staffs, it makes them more accessible to the 15 counties that this office will be covering," she said.


The separate offices were small and had limited equipment, she said.

"This way we are combining services and equipment. We'll be able to answer questions quicker," Hoffman said.

The agency will open its regional office on East Antietam Street near Washington County Hospital. She said the agency will be more accessible.

"We're closing smaller offices because technology is constantly changing. In very small offices that is not cost efficient," Hoffman said. "It will be easier to reach us, we're going to have e-mail and the ability to send information back to the office by wire."

She said the heart association has talked about the move for years.

"We knew the direction we needed to go in. This is the best way to service the public and put dollars into research, which is what we do."

The toll-free number that residents in all the counties can use to reach the new office at is 1-800-684-1000. The office also will have a toll-free fax number, 1-800-286-5722.

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