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Got health questions? Hospital has answers.

March 16, 2009|By CHRIS COPLEY

How is Washington County Hospital responding to the economic crisis in the United States? How will the new hospital facility be different from the existing hospital?

To answer these and other questions, Washington County Hospital officials will host a open forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18. The public is invited.

Planned speakers are a variety of hospital officials, including James P. Hamill, president and CEO of Washington County Hospital.

Hamill said the forum will cover three general areas:

Recently instituted hospital programs and technologies, such as an effort to recruit nurses, and efforts to make health care more available to people who have no health insurance.

New programs and technologies, such as a partnership with the University of Pittsburgh to provide Web-supported drug therapy following a stroke.

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Progress on the new hospital facility.

The forum will end with a question-and-answer session.

Hamill said the new hospital facility is just a tool, a facility designed to deliver health care. The design of the new hospital reflects best practices in contemporary medicine.

"The worst thing we could do would be to build a new (version of the) old Washington County Hospital," he said.




If you go ...



WHAT: Public forum hosted by Washington County Hospital

WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18

WHERE: Robinwood Medical Center, Suite 142 (use the blue entrance)

CONTACT: Maureen Theriault at 301-790-8663

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