WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Health care in Washington County is getting a new name: Meritus.
When a new hospital opens in about a year, it will be called Meritus Regional Medical Center.
Washington County Health System, the parent company of Washington County Hospital, announced the change Thursday.
Meritus comes from the Latin "meritum," referring to merit or worth.
James P. Hamill, president and chief executive officer of Washington County Health System, said the word connotes excellence or demonstrated ability.
Meritus Health will become the new name of Washington County Health System. Hamill said the changes are being phased in.
Washington County Health System reaches into Frederick, Allegany and Garrett counties in Maryland and into Franklin County, Pa., so the new name, without a geographic reference, makes more sense, Hamill said.