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Waynesboro Hospital entrance getting makeover

April 04, 2002|BY RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The wooden entrance to Waynesboro Hospital is being removed because it no longer meets newer, more stringent safety codes.

Hospital officials were told that the wooden structure at the entrance to inpatient care is attached to the main fire-rated building and has to go. The order came following a biennial inspection by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Hospital officials decided to modernize the entire front of the hospital, including replacement of the brick entrance leading to outpatient care.

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"We had the opportunity to make the entrances customer friendly," Rita C. Brizzee, vice president and chief operating officer at Waynesboro Hospital, said Monday.

Construction began in March. The project will cost $377,000 and is projected to be finished within 100 days from the start of construction, Brizzee said.

The brick entrance to outpatient care is already gone.

When finished, the front of the 80-year-old hospital will be more user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing, officials said.

There was no cover over the entrance to inpatient care and only a small one at the other entrance.

When the project is complete, both entrances will be protected by a one-way, two-lane portico over both entrances. Drivers will be able to park in the right lane and drop off passengers near the door to either entrance while allowing other vehicles to pass by on the left, Brizzee said.

"It will be more comfortable if you're not getting rained on," she said.

Cars will also be able to drop off passengers outside the portico.

The project will eliminate swinging doors. Both entrances will be equipped with automatic, infrared sliding pocket-type doors that will be easier to operate than those currently in use.

Access for handicapped individuals will be improved, she said.

Brizzee said the hospital has installed temporary directional signs to make it easier for people to find their way around the construction. Volunteers are also helping, she said.

"It's working out very well," Brizzee said. "It's always better to plan ahead."

Waynesboro Hospital and Chambersburg Hospital merged in 1995 to create Summit Health, Summit spokeswoman Sheran White said.

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