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Waynesboro Hospital turns profit in 2000

November 28, 2001

Waynesboro Hospital turns profit in 2000



WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro Hospital, which lost nearly $1 million in the 2000 budget year, is now back in the black, officials said Tuesday.

The hospital ended its budget year with an operating surplus of $594,646 on June 30, 2001.

A year earlier, the hospital reported an operating loss of $906,017.

An increase in patients combined with efforts to control costs contributed to the turnaround, hospital officials said.

"A lot of it was volume driven," said Norman Epstein, president of Summit Health, which owns Chambersburg and Waynesboro hospitals.

Outpatient visits increased 20.9 percent, from 66,098 to 79,924. Admissions went up 11.6 percent, from 2,793 to 3,116.

The average length of stay remained the same at four days, according to the annual report.

In addition, Waynesboro Hospital benefited from the added outpatient services offered at the new Waynesboro Health Center, Epstein said.

- Laura Ernde

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