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Retired health system PR director will return as hospital volunteer

July 08, 2010|By MARLO BARNHART
  • After 11 years as public relations director for Washington County Health System, Maureen Theriault retired from the position June 10.
Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN -- To her friends and colleagues, she is "Mo."

The nickname "Kiddo" is reserved for those with whom she has enjoyed working over the years.

After 11 years as public relations director for Washington County Health System, Maureen Theriault retired from the position June 10.

"I won't be cutting my ties completely," Theriault said.

In August, she will begin volunteering for Meritus Medical Center, the name for the soon-to-be-completed facility that will replace Washington County Hospital.

Theriault said she and others will follow up with every patient who goes to the hospital for services after they have been discharged. Questions about the care received, professionalism of the staff and patient safety will be asked so improvements can be made if necessary.

"I'm also exploring meditation and have taken a class at Hagerstown Community College in that field," she said.

Theriault also is hoping to become a master gardener and to continue to give her time to Habitat for Humanity of Washington County, particularly the Women Build projects.

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"I've got lots of plans," she said.

Theriault grew up in Massachusetts and met her future husband, Bill, in the sixth grade in Boston.

"We used to clap erasers together in school," she said.

They dated in high school and married after college. She earned her bachelor's degree in American Studies from Boston University in 1968 and a master's degree in corporate and organizational communications from West Virginia University in 2002.

From 1981 to 1985, Theriault coordinated a program for retired senior volunteers. She then served as division coordinator for the March of Dimes in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. In April 1990, Theriault became the first community relations director for the United Way of Washington County, a job she held for nine years. She is credited with initiating the Day of Caring and compiling both a resource guide and an annual brochure for the charity.

Now, she spends time puttering in her garden and with her husband and their daughter, Amy, who works at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

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