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one of which led the convoys and the other of which followed, city police officers were stationed at various points to facilitate the movement of the patients. The route for the transfer and policing at strategic points was worked out by Mr. Leasure and Sgt. Oliver L. Cook of the police department traffic bureau. Harry McCumm, public relations director at the hospital, said the Tri-State Funeral Directors Association made the arrangements for the transfer and coordinated the program. Mr. McCumm said there were 43 patients moved and all but eight were transferred by noon. The McDonald Ambulance Service provided four vehicles, Celanese Fibers Company had an ambulance in the convoy, as did Works No. 7 of the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Industries. The Ridgeley Volunteer Fire Company, Fort Ashby Volunteer Fire Company, Hyndman Volunteer Fire Company, and Corriganville Volunteer Fire Company each had an ambulance in service during the transfer. The first patient moved into the new hospital was Miss Frances Menefee, who was a graduate of the Sacred Heart Hospital school of nursing.

The new Sacred Heart Hospital went into operation on Wednesday, March 29, 1967, on a smooth note despite the difficult job of transferring patients and personnel from Decatur Street to the Haystack Mountain site. Two emergency patients were admitted shortly after the hospital opened. The first scheduled patient to be admitted was Woodrow W. Gurley, a local insurance man, who entered as a medical patient. Sister Mary Louise, hospital administrator, paid tribute to Vincent P. Leasure, vice-president and general manager of the Stein Funeral Home, who organized the patient transfer.

The Board of Allegany County Commissioners was informed on


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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