New chief medical officer says hospital 'spectacular facility'

June 28, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

HAGERSTOWN - Dr. T. Michael White, the new chief medical officer for Washington County Hospital, says he is excited about the quality of care that is being provided at the East Antietam Street site.

That includes primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI), which has been available since March and saved many local heart patients a helicopter ride to a Baltimore hospital because they can be treated in the new catheterization lab here.

"On the horizon, we are close to an agreement for the advance treatment of stroke patients here," White said.

The combination of a clot-dissolving drug and partnering with other physicians through the Internet will shorten the time from onset to lifesaving treatment, he said.

No matter what is invested in the current hospital, the new complex will guarantee the kind of facility that will be able to provide the best possible care, he said.


White, 61, has spent much of his medical career caring for patients and teaching residents to care for their patients. He succeeds retired Dr. Robert Brooks as WCH chief medical officer.

"This is a wonderful community," said White, who with his wife, Jackie, and their four children passed through Washington County before.

While he is anticipating the planned new facility east of Hagerstown, White stressed that all energies are focused on the current hospital.

"That's today and will be until two days before we leave here," White said. "I'm excited about both the present and the future and am very glad to be here."

James Hamill, president and CEO of Washington County Hospital, said he is delighted that White accepted the position.

"He will be an excellent addition to the senior management team," Hamill said.

White said his primary responsibility will be to work with administration to facilitate the work of the medical staff to advance patient care, quality, patient safety and patient satisfaction.

White joins the hospital with years of administrative experience, most recently at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-McKeesport, where he was vice president of value and education, and chief medical officer for more than eight years.

Before that, White was department chair at Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital in Johnstown, Pa., before becoming director of the residency program and vice president of quality at St. Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh.

White received a bachelor of science degree from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., and a doctor of medicine degree from Albany (N.Y.) Medical College. He completed his medical training at Greenwich (Conn.) Hospital in affiliation with Yale University.

White said Washington County Hospital occupies a unique position and responsibility to respond to the community it serves.

"This is a spectacular facility," White said.

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