Meritus Health, DHMH Contract for Western MD Hospital Center

Meritus Health Enters into Contract with DHMH to Manage Western Maryland Hospital Center in Hagerstown

Meritus Health has entered into a contract with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to assume, for a six-month period effective June 24, 2014, the interim management and administration roles at Western Maryland Hospital Center in Hagerstown.

This contract will include providing day-to-day operational oversight through new temporary leadership in the positions of chief executive officer, chief medical officer and chief nursing officer. The executive committee of the Meritus Medical Center Board of Directors endorsed the temporary arrangement Monday evening pending the formal contract with DHMH.

"This is an opportunity to work with the state to support a very important local health facility," said Joseph P. Ross, president and CEO of Meritus Health. "We are happy to help in any way we can."

Questions regarding the contract should be directed to DHMH's Interim Communications Director Karen Black at 410-767-6491 or