The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to Garrett Regional Medical Center Hospital Laboratory, based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs. This is the first time in the history of the hospital that this accreditation has been established for the medical center.

The facility’s new medical director, David M. Howell, MD, PhD, is a pathologist with a faculty appointment with WVU Medicine and is now contracted to be the physician director for GRMCs Laboratory. He was advised of this national recognition and congratulated the staff for the excellent services being provided. Garrett Regional Medical Center Laboratory is one of more than 7,700 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide and extends great appreciation to pathologist, David Dusenbery MD, for his significant contributions and assistance to bring the accreditation about.

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Crews Work to Stabilize MD 135 After Rock Slide

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Adminstration (SHA) is currently working to remedy a rock slide that occurred in western Maryland near the Allegany/Garrett County line in early January.

According to Charlie Gischlar, public information officer of the SHA, the Jan. 2 slide involved a section of the rock face on Bloomington Mountain adjacent to MD 135 (Bloomington Road) near Upper Savage River Road.

As a result, large boulders fell onto MD 135. Because the mountainside was unstable and a risk for further rock slides existed, the SHA closed a westbound lane on MD 135 and traffic was alternated using the eastbound lane guided by a temporary traffic signal.

A containment area made of concrete barrier was set up on westbound MD 135 to catch any rocks that may slide. SHA also placed a protection mat on WB MD 135 to protect the road surface from damage.

The SHA started a $2.7 million project to stabilize the rock face on Thursday, Jan. 28. The repair is expected to take up to 20 weeks, weather permitting.

“Based on data collected from SHA’s engineering geologists and other experts in this field, the rock face of the mountainside is highly unstable and emergency measures are required to prevent further rock slides,” said Anthony Crawford, SHA district engineer. “Safety is our number-one priority and we are taking measures to lessen the chances of another rock slide.”

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Fire Damages to Pawn Run Saloon

Several Garrett County Fire Companies were called to Pawn Run Saloon on Boy Scout Road Saturday evening after the report of a structure fire. The fire started in the kitchen and is reported to have spread to the roof area of the business, which posted on social media that everyone had made it out safety and they would reopen soon. –


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