Promoting a healthy community
Meritus Health believes that healthcare is not just for people when they
are sick or injured. Through many avenues, we reach out to the community
and offer ways to help you stay healthy. One example is the collaboration
with the Herald-Mail, Meritus Health and Washington County Public Schools
known as “Healthy Washington County”. The goal of Healthy
Washington County is to educate as many adults in the region as possible
about the importance of understanding your own personal health numbers
and what they mean for your overall health status.
Serving our Community
Meritus Health's mission - to improve the health status of our region
by providing comprehensive health services to patients and families -
is a guiding principle for each of the physicians, nurses, and other staff
members who work here. Meritus Health and Meritus Medical Center are dedicated
to responding to the healthcare needs of our community and beyond with
high quality, compassionate care. Each year, we put forth millions of
dollars to support the well-being of those who live in our area.
Taking care of the underserved
Medication Assistance Center (MAC) provides access to free or reduced-cost prescription drugs to low-income
or chronically ill patients with no prescription insurance. The center
serves some 3,400 residents of Washington County and those who are treated
by physicians located in Washington County or at Meritus Medical Center.
Since 2000, Meritus Health has provided this service free of charge.
Medical screenings keep our community healthy and are held throughout the year. Free vascular,
blood pressure, and other screenings are held at Meritus Medical Center,
the Walnut Street Health Fair, and other community events.
The Make a Difference Breast Cancer program is a breast cancer outreach, education and screening project that provide
services to uninsured and underinsured women of Washington County and
the tri-state area. The program is funded by a grant from the Maryland
Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Meritus Health's John R.
Marsh Cancer Center, Washington County Health Department's Breast
and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP), Breast Cancer Awareness - Cumberland
Valley (BCA-CV), Diagnostic Imaging Services, and the Avon Foundation
for Women Grant.
financial assistance program serves Meritus Medical Center patients who are unable to pay all or part
of their medical bills. Improving healthcare access to those with limited
incomes and resources is an important part of Meritus Health's mission.
Your Health Matters program uses magazine, radio, video, newsletters, and blog postings to
keep the public informed of Meritus Health-sponsored community workshops,
support groups, classes - and offers tips on living a healthier life.
Spring through fall our
Farmers's Market presents the public with healthy food choices and gives local farmers
an opportunity to market their fresh produce.
55 and Up is for people age 55 and older who enjoy learning about health-related
topics over lunch. The group meets with physicians and healthcare professionals
once a month to understand health topics of interest.
Parish Nursing, or faith community nursing, encourages parishioners of all ages and faiths
to become active partners in the management of their health. Parish nurses
act as a vital link between the faith and medical communities.
Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) program is a comprehensive and compassionate approach to the treatment
of victims of sexual assault and abuse. Meritus Medical Center's SAFE
program uses trained and certified SAFE examiners to provide specialized
medical care, evidence collection, and emotional support to victims of
Giving back to the community
Each year Meritus Health employees contribute time and money to improve
the well-being of our friends and neighbors. Fundraising campaigns like the
United Way, March of Dimes, and the
Walk to End Alzheimers inspire our healthcare professionals to give back to causes near to their
hearts and professions. During the holiday season, our physicians and
employees make and deliver hot meals for area families and seniors through our
Lend-a-Hand event. Cancer survivors celebrate the gift of life each June when the
John R. Marsh Cancer Center sponsors a family picnic for those touched by this life-changing disease.
Investing in our future
Through job shadowing and mentoring programs, nursing students from Hagerstown
Community College and Towson University gain an intimate experience of
their future profession.