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Atlantic General to Hold Groundbreaking for Health Center Expansion to Provide Vital Services

Atlantic General Hospital announced today that it will hold an official groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, July 23 to commence expansion and renovation efforts of the Atlantic Health Center, a $1.4 million project.

Funded in part by a $700,000 matching grant from the Maryland Hospital Association, the hospital has raised an additional $550,000 through commitments made by the Worcester County Commissioners, the Ocean City Town Council and the Berlin City Council.

When completed, the project will provide a home for the C.R.I.C.K.E.T. Center, Worcester County’s first child advocacy center and the only one on the Shore to offer onsite medical evaluations in addition to the coordinated services of social welfare and law enforcement agencies.

The newly expanded Atlantic Health Center will also house a new outpatient mental health program for Worcester County as well as a more comprehensive diabetes program and upgraded facilities for the health clinic, which provides primary care services to children and adults, regardless of the ability to pay.

“The new Atlantic Health Center offers a rare and innovative opportunity for the delivery of health services,” said Colleen Wareing, vice president of patient care services at Atlantic General Hospital. “Through the efforts of multiple organizations working collaboratively, patients will have their health needs addressed in a coordinated, efficient and holistic manner. With the location offering both physical and mental health the patient’s total well being and health needs can be managed in one center.”

The project is scheduled for completion in February 2009.

The community is cordially invited to attend the groundbreaking:

Location: Atlantic Health Center, 9714 Healthway Drive (across from the Berlin Nursing Home)
Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Time: 4 p.m.

For more information about the groundbreaking ceremony, please call 410-641-9600.