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James Hamill, a job well done

July 02, 2010

We salute James Hamill, who announced June 29 that he'll be retiring as president and CEO of the Washington County Health System early next year.

When Hamill arrived in the fall of 2000, replacing Horace Murphy, Hagerstown badly needed a new hospital. Hamill took up the charge, but it was not without some major roadblocks. Construction was unnecessarily delayed for several years when the City of Hagerstown, and then some unhappy citizens, put a number of bureaucratic and legal hurdles in the way. Those moves slowed construction and threatened to substantially increase the cost of the new hospital.

Undeterred, Hamill, the hospital board and supporters of the new facility held true to their vision and kept their eyes on the prize. The result: a new state-of-the-art hospital, to be called Meritus Medical Center, will open for business sometime in December.

Hamill, 66, is a visionary whose leadership also resulted in a number of other improvements and innovations at the hospital. He certainly made his mark on our community, one that will be lasting. We wish only the best for him and his wife, Pat.

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