A Western Maryland native will take over as director of the Western Maryland Center on Sept. 8, according to a release from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Cynthia M. Pellegrino, a registered nurse, has been appointed to the post, announced the department's secretary, Dr. Martin P. Wasserman.
"Ms. Pellegrino's strong background in rehabilitative care makes her the ideal choice to maintain the history of excellence at Western Maryland Center," Wasserman said in a prepared statement.
Pellegrino has 10 years experience in administration and operations for rehabilitative hospitals and medical corporations. She had her own consulting firm in Salisbury, Md.
The state chronic disease hospital on Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown has 175 beds and has served about 8,500 patients since 1957. Services include post-acute hospital care, comprehensive post-hospital nursing care and dialysis for patients with end-stage kidney disease.