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Meritus Challenges Community to Get Healthy this New Year

"This year, we want to thank those individuals who've given, but we also want to challenge them to help make Hagerstown and Washington County a healthier place to live," said Rankin.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. - As we begin the new year, some might take pause and reflect on the one that just left us.

And that's exactly what the board members of the Meritus Health Center Foundation are doing.

Chairman, Bob Rankin, said without the continued support of donors in 2013 they wouldn't have been able give nearly $1 million to the hospital for various projects.

"This year, we want to thank those individuals who've given, but we also want to challenge them to help make Hagerstown and Washington County a healthier place to live," said Rankin.

Like making a new year's resolution.

"If we can help people with their weight, with diabetes, with congestive heart failure, just general ideas of how to eat properly, exercise, and be healthier, and not just to take medications but to get healthy so they may not need those medications," Rankin said.

Robert Rankin even shared his own success story. "My own personal experience was a great one working with endocrinology....helped me tremendously to realize what was going on with my life, made some changes and everything's pretty much rectified. Now my resolution is to continue doing what I've done in 2013."

Meritus Medical Center is using funds for a community education program, to help patients get prescriptions, and a transportation program that gets patients where they need to be.

"It comes back ten times because the patient has a better experience, a better flow in the process, from the emergency room to the room to even leaving the hospital," he said.

Foundation officials said they'll continue to grow their programs, but the ones they already have are meeting goals and building a healthy community, with the continued help from the community.

And this January WHAG is working alongside medical professionals, including Meritus Health, to help create a healthier community and promote overall wellness. Working better together.

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