CHAMBERSBURG, pa. - Over objections raised by some neighborhood residents, the Chambersburg Zoning Hearing Board Tuesday night unanimously approved a variance and several special exceptions to clear the way for a $40 million expansion of Chambersburg Hospital.
The first phase of the project, a 20,000-square-foot, $11 million expansion of the hospital's emergency room, could begin by this October, according to John Massimilla, the vice president for administration. That phase will increase the number of beds from 19 to 30, along with adding a lab and radiology services and increasing the number of seats in the waiting area.
Also planned is a 14,000-square-foot addition to the cancer treatment center, a separate building on the hospital's 21.5-acre campus. That would allow medical oncology services to be moved out of the main building and into the center, which now provides radiation treatments.
The third phase is a patient care tower of two or three stories behind the main building, according to Massimilla. During Tuesday's four-hour hearing, Massimilla testified the building could be increased to four stories at some point in the future.