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Mayor Bruchey admitted to hospital

March 11, 1998|By BRENDAN KIRBY

Mayor Bruchey admitted to hospital

Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II was hospitalized Monday night after doctors detected heart "irregularities," but the condition is not life-threatening, officials said Tuesday.

Bruchey, 39, was transferred Tuesday morning to the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, where he was to undergo diagnostic tests, officials said.

Bruchey's condition was unavailable Tuesday night. A medical center spokeswoman said family members had requested that no information, including condition, be provided.

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In a hastily called news conference at City Hall, Washington County Hospital spokesman John C. Costopoulos said Bruchey had visited his cardiologist for a scheduled appointment and was not seeking treatment for specific symptoms.

Costopoulos declined to discuss details of Bruchey's condition or his medical history.

City spokeswoman Karen Giffin said Bruchey's family has requested that no one call or visit the mayor while he is in the hospital. She said well-wishers can send cards to his City Hall office.

Bruchey is the second prominent Washington County public official in three weeks to seek heart-related treatment. District Judge Ralph France underwent bypass surgery in February. He will be off the bench for about six weeks.

Costopoulos said Tuesday that Bruchey probably will return to Hagerstown on Thursday or Friday. His work schedule will depend on him and his doctor, Costopoulos said.

Costopoulos said Bruchey was comfortable and in good spirits Monday night.

In Bruchey's absence, Councilman J. Wallace McClure chaired Tuesday's City Council work session.

Councilwoman Susan K. Saum-Wicklein said Bruchey selected McClure. She said members of the council normally take turns chairing meetings when the mayor is absent.

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