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Office building going up across from hospital

July 08, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - That big pile of dirt in the field across East Main Street from Waynesboro Hospital means that construction has begun on a modular office building that will house two physicians, a hospital spokesman said Wednesday.

Kenneth Shur, the hospital's vice president and CEO, said the 4,300-square-foot building is expected to be completed and occupied by Oct. 1.

The new structure will be on a site once occupied by East Junior High School and a parking lot. That land was bought by the hospital, the school building was razed and the land grassed over to wait for a project like the one being built now, officials have said.

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The hospital has not announced any plans for the rest of the tract.

The new building will have a brick exterior to match the existing hospital building across the street, Shur said.

It will house the offices of physicians Stein Sletten and Henrik Hofgarrd, two Norwegian orthopedic surgeons.

Summit Health, owner of Chambersburg and Waynesboro hospitals, has recruited a total of seven specialists from Norway to replace physicians who have left Franklin County because of Pennsylvania's medical malpractice insurance crisis.

The new building also will provide space for casting and X-ray facilities as well as offices for other specialists who currently hold office hours on a part-time basis in the main hospital building, Shur said.

The new building and its furnishings and equipment will cost between $600,000 and $700,000, Shur said.

The project was approved by the Waynesboro Planning Commission and the Borough Council this spring.

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