Western Maryland Hospital Center: "50 years of making life worth living...going strong!"

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Former Maryland Delegate, Dr. Peter Callas, right, visits with Linda Strine and Senator Donald Munson at the 50th anniversary celebration of Hagerstowns Western Maryland Hospital Center on Sunday, November 11.


Western Maryland Hospital Center
"50 years of making life worth living...going strong!"

The Western Maryland Hospital Center auditorium was packed with over 200 former patients, staff, families and Washington County citizens Sunday, Nov. 11, to celebrate the Maryland long-term-care facility's golden anniversary.
Highlighting the afternoon's activities was a special ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opening the new brain injury unit at the Hagerstown-based healthcare facility.
"We give Marylanders a second chance for quality of life through exceptional rehabilitation and healthcare services in our healing environment," said Cynthia Miller Pellegrino, WMHC's CEO. "We've been working hard to get our new brain injury unit opened and we feel this will be a valuable resource for the State of Maryland in caring with all types of brain injuries suffered by our citizens."
On hand for the event were Secretary John M. Colmers of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Maryland Senator Donald Munson, Former Maryland Delegate, Dr. Peter Callas, Hagerstown Mayor Robert Bruchey, Hagerstown Councilmember Martin Brubaker, Joyce Brown of the WMHC Citizen Advisory Board and Barbara Jacob, the WMHC Auxiliary President.
"When you enter the doors of Western Maryland Hospital and you have the chance to meet the people and walk around," you know at once that you're at a very special place," said Secretary Colmers. "You notice those little things in the dayrooms, on the walls and then, the beautiful therapeutic gardens developed and maintained by the volunteers. Like the care here at the hospital, it's all out of the ordinary."
During the program, Senator Munson paid special tribute to Dr. Peter Callas, who served in the Maryland House of Delegates for three terms.
"It was my pleasure to work hand in hand with Delegate Callas in the early 1990s to keep the doors of this magnificent hospital open," said Munson. "Thousands of Marylanders have benefited from the exceptional care here at the Western Maryland Hospital Center over the last 50 years. One of those patients whose quality of life was improved by this hospital's exceptional care was my grandmother."
The anniversary gala featured live entertainment by young classical pianist, Leah Claiborne of Frederick, MD. Leah's mother, Angie, is an employee of the Western Maryland Hospital Center. Also, entertaining during the Sunday afternoon celebration was the Western Maryland Hospital Center Choir, Donnie Cook and the duet of Billy and Sandie Thompson.