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Western Maryland Hospital Center opens ventilator wing

April 02, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

Already known for its expert care of ventilator patients, Western Maryland Hospital Center took another step forward Tuesday with the opening of a special wing devoted to their care.

"We're very excited," said Dr. Monica Stallworth, chief of staff at the state hospital on Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown.

Designated 2 East on the hospital's second floor, the new wing officially opened during a Tuesday afternoon ceremony. It is home to a dozen ventilator patients, according to Linn Hendershot, communications director at the hospital.

Hendershot, who uses a ventilator, said no construction was needed to redesignate the wing.

"There was some reassignment of staff and additional training, and that was all," he said.

This special unit is in the nursing home area of the hospital.

"Patients will now be able to get the best possible care," Hendershot said.

The hospital will be able to take more ventilator patients, he said.

Ventilator patients at the hospital had been scattered throughout the acute-care section. The residents who were in 2 East have been moved to other areas.

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"The families are also very happy about the change," Stallworth said.

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