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New center to bring doctors

September 07, 1999|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - A shortage of office space for physicians in Mercersburg has prompted Summit Health, the owner of Chambersburg and Waynesboro hospitals, to build a $1.1 million medical center in this southern Franklin County community.

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"We want to keep primary care health services in the community," said John J. McElwee, Jr., vice president of Summit Health.

Ground was broken in July for the new 8,500-square-foot Mercersburg Health Center on Pa. 75 north of town. It will open in January, McElwee said.

Once open it will house two family practice offices along with a center for laboratory work, diagnosis and screening.

Most important, McElwee said, the new center will provide enough space for more doctors to move into the Mercersburg area.

Tuscarora Family Practice, headed by Drs. Robert George and Marianne Herrpaul, has been operating out of a small office at 129 N. Main St. in Mercersburg, McElwee said. The group became affiliated with Summit Health in 1993, he said.

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The move to the new medical center will enable the practice to add two more physicians, McElwee said. Dr. Donna Carr came on board earlier this year and Dr. Susan Arnoult joined the practice Wednesday, he said.

Tuscarora Family Practice also has an office in the Grove Medical Center in Greencastle, Pa., which Summit Health leases, McElwee said. Space in that office is being expanded.

A second family practice run by Dr. W. David Kent at 28-R Fry St., Mercersburg, will also move into the new medical center. McElwee said Kent needs more space to expand his practice.

Marilyn Gibbons, a nurse practitioner, will also operate from the new center, he said.

"When you think about the geographical area of Mercersburg, you can see it needs more primary care physicians" McElwee said.

James Leventry, borough manager for Mercersburg, said the new medical center will be a welcome addition to the community, partly because it will draw more physicians to the area.

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