GCMH Announces Name Change

Garrett County Memorial Hospital is changing its name to Garrett Regional Medical Center and is moving forward with a clinical affiliation with WVU Medicine, the newly branded name for the Health System of West Virginia University. The new logo for Garrett Regional Medical Center will include a tagline, “A proud affiliate of WVU Medicine”, as WVU will be bringing specialty services to the Garrett Region.  Both organizations are equally important to each other as partners in developing healthcare services for the region.

The Hospital Board of Governors passed the resolution to change the name from Garrett County Memorial Hospital to Garrett Regional Medical Center because the new name is more reflective of the regional community that Garrett serves. Of the roughly 20,000 visits to the emergency department each year, 9,000 of those are from residents outside the county. Similar percentages hold true for inpatient care, orthopedics, and general surgeries performed at Garrett. “During the strategic planning process, we reviewed a lot of data that showed we draw patients to Garrett from all over the region, not just Garrett County, and not just Maryland, but West Virginia and Pennsylvania” stated Henrietta Lease, chair of the hospital strategic planning committee of the Board of Governors.

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B-52 bomber crash in Western Maryland, 1964

A B-52 bomber with a crew of five and two thermonuclear bombs on it crashed in a snow storm on Big Savage Mountain, near Grantsville, Garrett County, on January 13, 1964. The result was a massive search for the location of the plane, and for the crew, four of whom had ejected from the plane. The military were heavily involved in the search and rescue, but the people of Garrett and Allegany joined in to walk through deep snow looking for parachutes, to plough the roads for the search personnel to travel more easily, run telephone line and feed the large number of people participating.

This collection comprises the news stories published at the time by the Cumberland newspapers, the Cumberland Evening Times, Cumberland News, Cumberland Sunday Times and Cumberland Times-News and by The Republican from Oakland, Garrett County.  Both towns also reported on all commemorative events. In addition there are several in-depth articles about the events, bringing the perspective of time to the story.

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Maryland Public Television (MPT) Focuses on Garrett College Adventure Sports Program

Maryland Public Television (MPT) camera and crew were on site in Garrett County, videotaping activities involving the Garrett College Adventuresports Institute in an effort to produce a segment for their ‘Outdoors Maryland’ series, focusing on adventure sports and the College’s efforts to train and credential a workforce in support of the adventure recreation industry. The segment will be aired sometime this fall. An exact date has yet to be determined.

Among the sessions being taped included the institute’s Transition Age Youth (TAY) program working with area middle and high school youth in rock climbing, mountain biking, and trail hiking at Fork Run Recreation Area; Garrett College students being trained in team building and group leadership dynamics on the college’s challenge course; and whitewater kayak learners being taught basic kayaking skills on the currents of the Adventure Sports Center International’s whitewater course.

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Maryland lottery for black-bear hunting permits is open

The Maryland Division of Pure Assets is accepting purposes for this yr’s lottery for black-bear searching permits.

Profitable candidates will obtain a allow legitimate for the four-day black bear searching season Oct. 26-29 in Garrett and Allegany counties. DNR will difficulty 500 permits.

The annual bear hunt is a administration device used to sluggish the expansion of Maryland’s black bear inhabitants because it expands eastward.

Hunters might apply in one of many following methods: on-line via COMPASS; by telephone at (weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.); by visiting a DNR Service Middle; or at one among greater than 250 sport license brokers throughout the state.

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Md. geologists to boost seismic monitoring ahead of 'fracking'

Given that seismic activity is rare in the ancient rock of the Appalachians — and damaging earthquakes even rarer — there is only a single apparatus measuring underground rumblings within Maryland borders. But geologists are about to put another ear to the ground.

The Maryland Geological Survey, anticipating the possibility that hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” for natural gas in the Marcellus shale deposits could increase seismic activity, plans to install a seismometer in Western Maryland.

Geologists want to gather more data on natural seismic activity before a state moratorium on hydraulic fracturing ends in 2017 and what are known as “induced” earthquakes might begin.

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