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City, hospital officials to meet

October 23, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

The Hagerstown City Council has scheduled a Monday meeting to talk with Washington County Hospital officials about the hospital's proposed move.

"It gives both parties a chance for some inner dialogue," Mayor William M. Breichner said.

The meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. at City Hall.

The mayor and council members have criticized plans to move the hospital outside the city.

The main issues council members want to talk about are access to the proposed site and affordability of the project, Breichner said.

While the meeting is open to the public, only city and hospital officials will be allowed to speak, Breichner said.

James Hamill, hospital president and chief executive officer, is expected to attend the meeting, as are Washington County Health System board members, Breichner said. The Health System is the hospital's parent company.

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Hamill said he had no comment for this story.

The council is asking the Maryland Health Care Commission to deny the Washington County Hospital Association's request for a certificate of need, which the hospital must obtain before it can move from its Antietam Street location to land next to Robinwood Medical Center on Robinwood Drive.

Breichner said city and hospital officials agree the hospital needs a new building, but the city is not convinced Robinwood is the most accessible, affordable site.

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