By RICHARD F. BELISLE
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Joanne Cochran, an ex-nun, opened Keystone Health Center in 1986 in an old school building on Third Street. She had a $60,000 government grant, a handful of volunteers and the desire to minister to about 800 seasonal migrant farm workers.
"We started with three stethoscopes and one little desk," Cochran said.
Today the clinic is at 1331 Seventh St. in Chambersburg. With a full-time staff of 60, including four physicians, the clinic runs on a $3.3 million annual budget and provides health care to more than 12,000 medical and 4,000 dental patients a year.
Keystone is also bursting at the seams.
Next month Cochran will break ground for a new center at the corner of Norland and Fifth avenues. The new facility will cover 17,000 square feet, nearly triple the space on Seventh Street, and will cost more than $2 million to build and equip, Cochran said.