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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | February 10, 2007
ANNAPOLIS - Hagerstown's Potomac Center for mentally retarded people was bracing this week for an influx of clients from a troubled Baltimore County center targeted for shutdown. State investigators have alleged abuse and neglect at the Rosewood Center in Owings Mills in Baltimore County. The state's Office of Health Care Quality last month banned the Rosewood Center from admitting anyone new until late February. Potomac Center employees expect that mentally retarded people - including some who committed crimes - will be diverted to Hagerstown, possibly right away, said Freida Forrest, a Potomac Center direct care worker.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | February 8, 2011
When a state-run center in Allegany County, Md., for people with disabilities closes this year, some clients might be moved to the Potomac Center, a similar facility in Hagerstown. Gov. Martin O'Malley's fiscal 2012 state budget proposal includes shutting down the Joseph D. Brandenburg Center near Cumberland. The number of clients there has dwindled in recent years. In fiscal 2000, there were 43. As of Tuesday, there were five, said Cathy Marshall, the director of both the Brandenburg Center and the Potomac Center.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | March 22, 2011
Steven Corderman, a Washington County resident who was a patient at the now-closed Rosewood Center, went through “hell,” his father recalls in a documentary film about the troubled state mental-health facility. Corderman was sometimes put in a straitjacket, and other times he would fight people, requiring at least three people to control him, said his father, Nelson Corderman. “I think about Jesus up in heaven. And I pray about Jesus to get me out of this place,” Steven Corderman said in the documentary about the closing of the Rosewood Center.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | January 24, 2008
ANNAPOLIS - Almost all of the mentally retarded residents of a Baltimore County center likely will move to community homes when the state facility closes over the next 18 months, the department secretary said Tuesday. The closure of Rosewood Center in Owings Mills, Md., has been of interest in Hagerstown, where Potomac Center staff and a union representing them have been concerned about an influx of residents with criminal backgrounds. Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary John M. Colmers said Tuesday that, as of November, 153 of Rosewood's 166 residents were eligible to move to community settings.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | January 23, 2008
ANNAPOLIS ? Almost all of the mentally retarded residents of a Baltimore County center likely will move to community homes when the state facility closes over the next 18 months, the department secretary said Tuesday. The closure of Rosewood Center in Owings Mills, Md., has been of interest in Hagerstown, where Potomac Center staff and a union representing them have been concerned about an influx of residents with criminal backgrounds. Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary John M. Colmers said Tuesday that, as of November, 153 of Rosewood's 166 residents were eligible to move to community settings.
NEWS
December 23, 2000
Relatives question circumstances of death BALTIMORE (AP) - State police are investigating the death of a developmentally disabled Falling Waters, W.Va., man who died after a struggle with staff at a state hospital. Hospital officials at the Rosewood Center in Owings Mills told state police investigators that Mark D. Bittner, 30, unexpectedly assaulted a staff member who was holding a door for him on the way to a gymnasium Thursday afternoon. A struggle broke out and Bittner lost consciousness while several staff members subdued him, state police said.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | January 16, 2008
ANNAPOLIS - Tuesday's announced closing of a troubled Baltimore County state facility for mentally challenged people will not bring new dangers to a similar facility in Hagerstown, a state Cabinet secretary said. Rosewood Center in Owings Mills, Md., will be shut down once all of the patients are relocated, which is expected to take 18 months, Gov. Martin O'Malley's office said. A main concern at Potomac Center on Marshall Street in Hagerstown is whether it will get any of Rosewood's clients with criminal backgrounds.
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By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | December 27, 2000
Disabled man's death at center troubles brother WILLIAMSPORT - When Ron Bittner thinks of his late brother Mark, it's not his limitations that come to mind but his sense of humor. "He was funny. He had a spontaneous way of making you laugh," said Bittner of Williamsport. Mark Bittner died last week after a struggle with employees at the Rosewood Center in Ownings Mills, Md., where he was a resident. Rosewood is a residential treatment center for the mentally disabled.
NEWS
September 21, 2003
Fight for state centers To the editor: There are forces in Maryland that are pressuring state officials to close all state residential centers for individuals with mental retardation (SRC/MR) and move residents into group homes. These SRCs are: Holly Center (Salisbury), Potomac Center (Hagerstown), Rosewood Center (Owings Mills), and Brandenburg Center (Cumberland). Many of the people who are advocating the extreme measure of closing all SRCs are owners/operators of group homes.
OBITUARIES
September 5, 2013
Frances Linton Wynkoop, 99, a longtime resident of Hagerstown, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at Reeders Memorial Home in Boonsboro. She was the wife of the late Ross Wynkoop, who was a childhood friend and preceded her in death in 1971. Born Nov. 8, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Abraham and Florence Brown Linton. She was employed by Rosewood Care Center in Owings Mills, Md., where she began as a patient early in her life. She later offered medical advice, along with Ms. Queen, on WJEJ's "Phone Party.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | March 22, 2011
Steven Corderman, a Washington County resident who was a patient at the now-closed Rosewood Center, went through “hell,” his father recalls in a documentary film about the troubled state mental-health facility. Corderman was sometimes put in a straitjacket, and other times he would fight people, requiring at least three people to control him, said his father, Nelson Corderman. “I think about Jesus up in heaven. And I pray about Jesus to get me out of this place,” Steven Corderman said in the documentary about the closing of the Rosewood Center.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | February 8, 2011
When a state-run center in Allegany County, Md., for people with disabilities closes this year, some clients might be moved to the Potomac Center, a similar facility in Hagerstown. Gov. Martin O'Malley's fiscal 2012 state budget proposal includes shutting down the Joseph D. Brandenburg Center near Cumberland. The number of clients there has dwindled in recent years. In fiscal 2000, there were 43. As of Tuesday, there were five, said Cathy Marshall, the director of both the Brandenburg Center and the Potomac Center.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | January 24, 2008
ANNAPOLIS - Almost all of the mentally retarded residents of a Baltimore County center likely will move to community homes when the state facility closes over the next 18 months, the department secretary said Tuesday. The closure of Rosewood Center in Owings Mills, Md., has been of interest in Hagerstown, where Potomac Center staff and a union representing them have been concerned about an influx of residents with criminal backgrounds. Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary John M. Colmers said Tuesday that, as of November, 153 of Rosewood's 166 residents were eligible to move to community settings.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | January 23, 2008
ANNAPOLIS ? Almost all of the mentally retarded residents of a Baltimore County center likely will move to community homes when the state facility closes over the next 18 months, the department secretary said Tuesday. The closure of Rosewood Center in Owings Mills, Md., has been of interest in Hagerstown, where Potomac Center staff and a union representing them have been concerned about an influx of residents with criminal backgrounds. Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary John M. Colmers said Tuesday that, as of November, 153 of Rosewood's 166 residents were eligible to move to community settings.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | January 16, 2008
ANNAPOLIS - Tuesday's announced closing of a troubled Baltimore County state facility for mentally challenged people will not bring new dangers to a similar facility in Hagerstown, a state Cabinet secretary said. Rosewood Center in Owings Mills, Md., will be shut down once all of the patients are relocated, which is expected to take 18 months, Gov. Martin O'Malley's office said. A main concern at Potomac Center on Marshall Street in Hagerstown is whether it will get any of Rosewood's clients with criminal backgrounds.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | February 10, 2007
ANNAPOLIS - Hagerstown's Potomac Center for mentally retarded people was bracing this week for an influx of clients from a troubled Baltimore County center targeted for shutdown. State investigators have alleged abuse and neglect at the Rosewood Center in Owings Mills in Baltimore County. The state's Office of Health Care Quality last month banned the Rosewood Center from admitting anyone new until late February. Potomac Center employees expect that mentally retarded people - including some who committed crimes - will be diverted to Hagerstown, possibly right away, said Freida Forrest, a Potomac Center direct care worker.
NEWS
September 21, 2003
Fight for state centers To the editor: There are forces in Maryland that are pressuring state officials to close all state residential centers for individuals with mental retardation (SRC/MR) and move residents into group homes. These SRCs are: Holly Center (Salisbury), Potomac Center (Hagerstown), Rosewood Center (Owings Mills), and Brandenburg Center (Cumberland). Many of the people who are advocating the extreme measure of closing all SRCs are owners/operators of group homes.
NEWS
By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | December 27, 2000
Disabled man's death at center troubles brother WILLIAMSPORT - When Ron Bittner thinks of his late brother Mark, it's not his limitations that come to mind but his sense of humor. "He was funny. He had a spontaneous way of making you laugh," said Bittner of Williamsport. Mark Bittner died last week after a struggle with employees at the Rosewood Center in Ownings Mills, Md., where he was a resident. Rosewood is a residential treatment center for the mentally disabled.
NEWS
December 23, 2000
Relatives question circumstances of death BALTIMORE (AP) - State police are investigating the death of a developmentally disabled Falling Waters, W.Va., man who died after a struggle with staff at a state hospital. Hospital officials at the Rosewood Center in Owings Mills told state police investigators that Mark D. Bittner, 30, unexpectedly assaulted a staff member who was holding a door for him on the way to a gymnasium Thursday afternoon. A struggle broke out and Bittner lost consciousness while several staff members subdued him, state police said.
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