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New Fulton hospital plans initiated

August 01, 2000

New Fulton hospital plans initiated



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - The Fulton County Medical Center is moving forward with plans to replace the existing 50-year-old-hospital with a new $25 million hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Last year, the hospital received a $250,000 federal grant for engineering and design studies for the new hospital, said Melissa Randler, spokeswoman for Fulton County Medical Center.

It will be built on 20 acres of donated land on old U.S. Route 30 in Todd Township.

Randler said the initial fund-raising effort is aimed at recruiting major donors. Once they are lined up, a general local fund-raising effort will be launched, possibly in the next two months.

The hospital hired Julia Elvey, a local woman who graduated from McConnellsburg High School, to coordinate the local fund-raising effort. Elvey has a degree in political science and public administration from Juniata College. Her last position was director of annual giving for Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries. She begins her new duties Aug. 15, Randler said.

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The new hospital will be licensed for 100 nursing home beds. The existing hospital is licensed for 43 acute care beds, but that number may drop in the new facility depending on need, she said.

Groundbreaking is planned for the summer of 2001. The facility's completion is expected by 2002.

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