HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Hospital patients in Hagerstown are being shuttled to a new facility on the outskirts of the city. 

The move on Saturday to the $294 million Meritus Medical Center marks a change in the identity as well as the location of the hospital in the western Maryland city. 

The old facility near the city center was called Washington County Hospital, owned by the Washington County Health System. Along with the hospital move, the group is changing its name to Meritus Health. 

The new name reflects a goal of becoming the leading provider of medical services in a region that includes parts of western Maryland, south-central Pennsylvania and West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle.


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