WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Freezing rain seemed like a small hurdle Wednesday for Washington County Health System officials, who were determined to hold the groundbreaking for their new hospital despite bad weather.
Instead of a traditional ceremony at the construction site, the Health System improvised a mock groundbreaking inside Robinwood Medical Center.
Officials held shovels while a video of a bulldozer digging at the site was broadcast behind them.
Health System President and CEO James Hamill said the inconvenience was relatively minor.
"We're having a problem with the rain. That's OK. It's not like we haven't had issues before with this thing," said Hamill, referring to nearly two years of legal challenges that delayed progress for the new hospital on Robinwood Drive.
About 200 people attended Wednesday's event, which kicked off construction of a new 496,000-square-foot hospital near Robinwood Medical Center.
The Washington County Regional Medical Center will replace the Health System's current hospital on East Antietam Street in Hagerstown.