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Hospice moving into new office next week

January 09, 2007|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN - Hospice of Washington County will move its office into a new home on Northern Avenue in Hagerstown next week.

Hospice has used the third floor of the Western Maryland Hospital Center on Pennsylvania Avenue since November 2002, said Dawn Johns, Hospice's community relations director.

Hospice, which cares for people with terminal illnesses, plans to move into a building on Northern Avenue from Jan. 17 to 19, Johns said.

The move will roughly double the amount of office space for the agency, she said. Currently, 75 employees work in 7,000 square feet of space at the hospital center.

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Hospice bought 747 Northern Ave. from Washington County Hospital Endowment Fund on March 31, 2006, for $1,765,000, according to Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation property records.

The Endowment Fund is an investment and real estate arm of Washington County Health Service, which owns Washington County Hospital.

Hospital spokeswoman Maureen Theriault said Potomac Family Practice, Hagerstown Medical Laboratory and Behavioral Health Services used the building, but moved out.

The hospital's auxiliary has been using a portion of the building as a thrift shop. Johns said the auxiliary will move out at the end of February.

The Northern Avenue building has 16,000 square feet, according to property records.

Besides offering more office space, the building will give Hospice a larger community room and extra room for grief and bereavement groups to meet, Johns said.

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