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June 20, 2005

Hospital receives medal of honor


Washington County Hospital is one of 185 hospitals across the country - and the only Maryland hospital - to receive the first organ donation medal of honor for hospitals and their organ procurement organization partners - achieving donation rates of 75 percent or higher in a 12-month period.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration is awarding this medal of honor to hospitals that have had at least eight eligible organ donors in a single, continuous 12-month period occurring between September 2003 and March 2005.

In 2004, Washington County Hospital in Hagers-town had 10 organ donors - saving the lives of 27 people. Further, at WCH, 83 percent of families approached with the option of donation, chose to donate their loved one's organs.

For information, call Washington County Hospital at 301-790-8950 or 301-790-8000 or the Transplant Resource Center at Maryland at 1-410-242-7000, ext. 2051, or go to www.mdtransplant.org on the Web.

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Curves opens in Williamsport


Waco-based Curves International Inc., the world's largest fitness center franchise, announced the opening of its newest Curves location in Williamsport. This is Washington County's fifth Curves center, bringing to residents a supportive environment offering a 30-minute fitness solution with a common sense weight loss program that helps break the weight loss cycle. The new facility is at 10210 Governor Lane Blvd., Suite 2008-C.

"We are excited to become part of the Williamsport community," said Julie Doyle, franchise owner. "Curves offers a comfortable, welcoming place where real women workout. Our facilities are designed so women can encourage and support one another while moving around the circuit."

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