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Washington County Hospital is chartered by the State of Maryland as a voluntary, nonprofit organization.

Washington County Hospital opens in the old M.P. Moller residence at the corner of Potomac and Fairground Avenues. The hospital houses ten beds, and there are six members of the hospital staff and twelve physicians. During the first year of operation, 106 patients are admitted to the hospital. The average cost per day to the patient is $2.39.

The first public Donation Day nets 88 cans of fruit, 119 jellies, beets, sweet potatoes, celery, chickens, beans, rice, apples, eggs, coffee, cabbages, nuts, roast beef, and ice cream.

The Ladies Aid Society is formed. It is the forerunner of the Washington County Hospital Auxiliary.

The hospital moves to its new site on Antietam Street that had been the Kee Mar College. It is remodeled to serve as a hospital with forty-six beds. In the first year at this site, four hundred and ten patients are admitted.
The hospital acquires its first X-ray machine. The average cost for a day’s stay is $1.81.
The first nurses graduate from the Training School. There are six who graduate in this class.
The laboratory opens with two technicians.
The Bloom Memorial Wing (D Wing) opens, increasing the hospital's bed capacity to 158.
The cornerstone is laid for Pangborn Hall to house the nursing education program.
Construction of an eight-story wing (A Wing) begins. This wing sits adjacent to Antietam Street. A major portion of the Kee Mar building is razed to provide a new nursing unit. The addition increased the hospital's bed capacity to 311.
The ladies auxiliary is reactivated under the leadership of Mrs. Frank Lusby, and is called the Washington County Hospital Women’s Auxiliary
The L Wing is constructed, adding space for dietary services, medical laboratory, and the print shop.

Drawings are completed for a new wing (E Wing) and a second story on the L Wing above the laboratory, and construction begins.

The new eight-story E Wing is completed. This addition is adjacent to Baltimore Street. It brings the total number of beds to 383.
The auxiliary is incorporated, and with the addition of the first male member, it is renamed the Washington County Hospital Auxiliary, Inc.
The hospital is designated as a Trauma Center.
Construction of the J Wing begins. This new area consists of the main lobby, admissions area, OR department, emergency department, critical care areas, and therapy services. The helipad and the parking garage are also completed at this time.
The J Wing (also called West Wing) of the hospital is dedicated. It houses the Progressive Care Unit, Ambulatory Surgery, the Operating Suite, Recovery, the Emergency Department, and Physical Therapy.
Bylaws are adopted to form the Washington County Health System.
The Family Birthing Center at Washington County Hospital opens with fourteen beds. Today the Family Birthing Center has twenty-five beds.
Another wing is added on the southwest side of the hospital. This expansion of the E Wing on the first floor provides additional space for radiology, nuclear medicine, and MRI.
Robinwood Medical Center opens. It is a project of Washington County Health System, Inc. Anchor programs included the Surgery Center, the Diagnostic Imaging Center, Total Rehab Care, and the Home Care Pharmacy. The facility totals 120,000 square feet.

The second phase of Robinwood Medical Center is completed, adding an additional 110,000 square feet. The medical center sits on seventeen acres and encompasses 230,000 square feet. At this time, the John R. Marsh Cancer Center opens at Robinwood Medical Center. This state-of-the-art facility serves patients from Maryland, southern Pennsylvania, and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

Washington County Hospital is named a 100 Top Hospital: Benchmarks for Success by HICA for outstanding quality of medical care and cost efficiency.
Washington County Hospital's Trauma Center designated as a Level II serving Frederick and Washington Counties.

Washington County Hospital has a 350-bed capacity.

The Center for Joint Replacement and 5E Neurosurgical, Orthopedic, and Trauma Units at Washington County Hospital are awarded 100 Top Hospital: Orthopedic Benchmarks for Success by HICA.
Washington County Health System receives a 2000 Corporate Award by the City of Hagerstown in recognition of the dedication to providing quality healthcare and health education to all who live in Hagerstown.
The H.W. Murphy Community Health Center at Walnut Street opens. It includes the Walnut Street Family Practice, a pediatric dental practice, and the Western Maryland Prescription Drug Program. It will house Healthy Families Washington County and Child Advocacy Program along with representation from Behavioral Health Services and the Department of Social Services.

The third phase of construction for the Robinwood Medical Center begins. This phase adds an additional 143,000 square feet.

Antietam Healthcare Foundation, Inc. is established. The private, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization is a subsidiary of the Washington County Health System.
The third phase of construction at Robinwood Medical Center is completed. The new space houses Urgent Care, additional physician offices, an endoscopy suite, a conference room, and a large atrium. This addition brings the total capacity of the center to 373,000 square feet.

Washington County Health System is named a Most Wired Hospital.

The Trauma Center is designated as a Level III.

Robinwood Medical Campus is announced as the preferred site for the replacement hospital.
Health@Work opens at the Downsville Center, located on Downsville Pike in Hagerstown. Health@Work occupies 15,100 square feet. of the center and offers occupational medicine, occupational rehabilitation, employee assistance program, laboratory and x-ray services, along with Tri-State Health Partners.
Washington County Hospital is named a 100 Top Hospital.
The rapid Diagnostic Center opens at the hospital, for patients who require longer periods of observation after visiting the emergency department.
A grand opening is held to celebrate the Maryland NeuroRehab Foundation’s new inpatient brain injury rehab program.
Washington County Hospital Auxiliary holds the grand opening for its new thrift shop, Repeat Performance. Funds raised from the shop are used to help fund scholarships offered by the Auxiliary, as well as for the purchase of new equipment for the hospital.
Washington County Health System is named as one of the Top 100 Integrated Health Networks in the country by Verispan.
Washington County Health System is awarded a Work Force Development Award by the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Commission. The award is given for consistently making work force development a priority by offering employees training and education opportunities or by investing money or other resources in local programs that positively affect local work force development.

Washington County Hospital was awarded the first Organ Donation Medal of Honor by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for achieving donation rates of 75% or higher in a twelve month period.

The Sylvania Building on Pennsylvania Avenue opens in the north end of Hagerstown. It includes Home Care Pharmacy, Equipped for Life, Hagerstown Medical Lab, and Urgent Care.
The special care nursery opens at Washington County Hospital as part of women’s and children’s services. The nursery offers treatment to babies born as early as thirty-two weeks gestation or to babies born with medical complications.
Washington County Hospital Auxiliary, Inc. reaches a milestone of three million hours of volunteer service. More than 5,200 hospital volunteers contributed hours of service since the auxiliary was chartered in 1952.
The Washington County Hospital Wound Center celebrates its grand opening. The center serves as a highly specialized wound care center designed to monitor, manage, and treat chronic and non-healing wounds. Bio-engineered skin grafts, transcutaneous oximetry monitoring, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy are among the services.
Washington County Hospital is presented the Organ Donation Medal of Honor by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for achieving donation rates of 75% or higher in a twelve month period.
Washington County Hospital receives Primary Stroke Center accreditation from the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS). MIEMSS bases its findings on an onsite review of stroke care and data submitted by the hospital, including clinical protocols and procedures that treat and manage stroke.
Washington County Hospital was presented the Organ Donation Medal of Honor by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Washington County Hospital was one of five Maryland hospitals honored for substantially raising the organ donation rates of eligible donors in their facility during a 26-month award period ending in June 2007.

Washington County Health System is honored by the United Way of Washington County with the 2007 Michael G. Callas Campaign Excellence Award. The award is given to a company whose support of the United Way campaign and passion for United Way’s mission led to increased campaign participation and awareness.

Washington County Health System held a groundbreaking celebration for a new regional medical center at Robinwood Medical Center. The new medical center will have 267 private patient rooms and will incorporate some of the latest technological advances in medical care.

Washington County Hospital receives a waiver from the Maryland Health Care Commission to offer lifesaving emergency angioplasty to patients. It was previously restricted to those hospitals that offered open heart surgery as back-up.
Washington County Hospital announced the new Center for Bariatric Surgery. The center offers gastric bypass surgery for individuals between eighteen and sixty years of age who have a body mass index (BMI) of thirty-five or more with medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure or cardiac disease, or a BMI of forty or more with no other disease.
Washington County Hospital was named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals for continued commitment to excellence and dedication.
The Maryland Health Care Commission approved Washington County Hospital’s request to diagnose and treat patients with non-emergency cardiac disease, saving patients a trip to the Baltimore area. The procedure, known as a non-primary percutaneous coronary intervention (npPCI), is used when cardiologists suspect the arteries in a patient’s heart are blocked and the patient is not having a heart attack.


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Washington County Health System
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Hagerstown, MD 21740

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