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WMHS Center for Hope and Healing breaks ground

August 27th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

Western Maryland Health System broke ground Monday afternoon on the Center for Hope and Healing, a 24-hour residential treatment facility that will house patients with substance abuse and beahavioral health issues.

     Approximately 40 guests attended the groundbreaking, including Senator George Edwards, Mark Widmyer representing Governor Hogan, Cumberland Mayor Ray Morriss and James Pyles, Allegany County Emergency Services Director. Several of these dignitaries and partners joined WMHS President and CEO Barry Ronan to ceremoniously lift the first shovel of dirt on the project.

    The center will be located on Leslie Lane, adjacent to the WMHS main campus, and will be built on land gifted to WMHS from the state. Funding for the project is largely attributed to a $1,000,000 pledge from the WMHS Auxiliary, including an initial gift of $400,000 made in May of this year.

    Auxiliary President Julie Davis, who works as the Fire Administration Officer for the City of Cumberland Fire Department, said at the time of the initial gift, “I see the impact this crisis has on a daily basis. I see how it taxes our emergency service providers. We were all unanimously in favor of facing this challenge and supporting a valuable asset that will effectively address the need.”

    “We knew we had to be a huge supporter of the new center,” said Sherry Schmitt, Immediate Past President. “Everyone we talked to finds it to be such a worthwhile and positive thing. We have all had people in our lives who are dealing with addiction or have behavioral health problems. This is a much-needed resource. We can connect this with the other programs at WMHS and, as a result, we have a shot at making a real impact. Speaking personally, though I imagine most who work in healthcare would agree, we all seek to find that one thing that will help just one person.” The pledge will also fall under the direction of President-elect Kim Kremer, who will succeed Davis.

One Response to “WMHS Center for Hope and Healing breaks ground”

  1. August 27, 2019 at 10:58 pm, Hank said:

    In what capacity did Mark Widmyer represent the Governor?


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