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Four sites eyed for new county hospital

May 23, 2002|BY DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

dank@herald-mail.com

Greater Hagerstown Committee Executive Director Art Callaham said Tuesday that Washington County Hospital officials are looking at four potential sites for a new hospital.

Two of the four potential sites are within Hagerstown, Callaham told Hagerstown's Mayor and City Council during a meeting at City Hall on Tuesday.

During the meeting, Callaham did not say exactly where the sites being considered are. Callaham could not be reached for comment after the meeting.

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Washington County Health System President and Chief Executive Officer James Hamill did not return a telephone message left at his home Tuesday night.

On April 30, Hamill said a committee had narrowed down a list of possible sites for a new hospital and plans to recommend its final choice in June.

He did not identify the sites, but he said locations both inside and outside Hagerstown were being considered.

Hamill did not say exactly how many sites are now being considered, but he said the committee reviewed 13 sites and eliminated about half because they either were not available or did not meet the criteria the committee set.

The hospital does not want to reveal the possible locations for fear that could drive up the cost of acquiring land.

But choosing a site does not guarantee that a new hospital will be built.

The Health System's board of directors hasn't voted to move forward with the project.

Hamill has said construction would take about three years and the current hospital would probably be demolished.

A new hospital would be more efficient, would address space constraints and would allow the Health System to implement new medical technology and equipment, he has said.

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