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Chamber awards: Meritus Health named Large Business of the Year

The evening marked something of a return to normal for the Washington County Chamber of Commerce's awards ceremony, which was held in-person at The Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown.

"I feel like a proud parent or grandparent of all of the people and businesses being recognized this evening," Paul Frey, the chamber's president and CEO, wrote in an email. "The last time we were together for the Business Awards was on February 26, 2020. It was right before COVID triggered an upheaval that impacted all of our lives, including our businesses, our schools, our travel and our family vacations. But through it all, we persevered and we were resilient. In particular, the people and businesses being recognized tonight are shining examples of what can be done if you have a passion and love for what you do, and if you have a passion and love for your community."

The chamber facilitates the award presentations and has no vote. The judges include  the previous year's winners.

The list of categories, 2021 winners and the other two nominees for each award:

Large Business of the Year

  • Winner: Meritus Health
  • C. William Hetzer Inc.
  • Fiserv