Carroll County Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

October 17, 2003

Hospital changes its name to reflect expanded services

Carroll County General Hospital has a new name. Effective yesterday, the health care facility will be known as Carroll Hospital Center.

The hospital's decision stemmed from a desire for a name that better reflects the scope of services offered and that would allow patients to easily identify the facility as a comprehensive medical campus, according to yesterday's announcement. The name change, the first in the hospital's history, occurs as it is undergoing the largest expansion in its 42-year history.

The hospital is almost ready to open a new emergency department that is nearly twice its current size, as well as a five-story bed tower with all private patient rooms. In recent years, the hospital has expanded services to include a women's health center and diagnostic imaging, a cancer center, inpatient and outpatient services, off-site medical offices and specialty centers for same-day surgery.

The new name will be formally adopted Nov. 1. The hospital's logo has been updated with the new name.

County leaders receive $100,000 in funds for study

Carroll County government received grants totaling $100,000 that are to be used for software that would help the county track people in need of service and for a comprehensive study of county housing, officials said yesterday.

The grants, announced yesterday by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., were among $6 million in federally funded community development block grants going to 22 projects around the state.

A $68,000 grant for new software will help the county to guide homeless or low-income residents to the right programs, said Mike Ritter, deputy director of Carroll's Department of Citizen Services. Ritter said the software also will help the county keep more complete records on families and individuals who have used services. The county is chipping in $40,000 for the software.

A $32,000 grant will enable the county to commission its first comprehensive study of housing needs since 1992, Ritter said. The county also will spend about $10,000 on the study, he said.

Route 75 in Union Bridge to be closed until Tuesday

The State Highway Administration will close northbound and southbound lanes of Route 75 (Main Street) through Union Bridge today through Monday for Maryland Midland Railway repairs.

Maryland Midland will reconstruct the crossing surface at the rail crossing along Route 75 to improve motorist safety. In addition, SHA will install new water lines and storm drains.

The MMR project will begin today and, weather permitting, will be complete Monday.

Variable Message Signs will guide motorists through the six-mile detour. Motorists traveling north on Route 75 will turn left onto Locust Street, which becomes Bucher John Road. Motorists will turn right onto Middleburg Road, another right onto Union Bridge Road, then a right onto North Main Street. Motorists should follow the signs to northbound Route 75.

Motorists traveling south on Route 75 will turn right onto North Main Street, turn left onto Union Bridge Road, then turn left onto Middleburg Road and left at signs to Bucher John Road, which will become Locust Street. Motorists should follow Locust to the stop sign and turn right onto southbound Route 75.

Information: 301-624-8100 or 800-635-5119.

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