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Grove Cancer Center becomes a reality in Franklin County

May 05, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - More than 600 community leaders gathered Thursday evening for the dedication of the John L. and Cora I. Grove Cancer Center at Summit Keystone Pavilion, where one physician said the 1,000 patients who enter the doors each month will have a more comfortable, spacious and inviting facility.

"We went from 3,000 square feet on the first floor of Chambersburg Hospital to about 12,000 square feet in the cancer center," said Dr. Kevin Lorentsen, one of three medical oncologists.

The plans for the cancer center were in formative stages when John Grove, who was instrumental in the formation of both Grove Worldwide (now Manitowoc Crane Group) and JLG Industries, was diagnosed with cancer. Both he and his wife received care from the Summit Health system, according to Martha B. Walker, co-executor of the Groves' estates.

"It was no surprise that when presented with the opportunity to provide generous financial support for this facility that Cora wholeheartedly embraced the suggestion (with) a major gift and bequest, and it ended up being $1.5 million, to get the cancer center off the drawing board and into the ground," Walker said. "I'm only sorry that both the Groves did not live long enough to see this beautiful building completed."

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The John L. and Cora I. Grove Cancer Center shares the first floor of Summit Keystone Pavilion on Norland Avenue with Keystone Women's Care. An additional 40,000 square feet on the second floor is dedicated to Keystone executive offices, the Franklin County Heart Center and Franklin County Ear, Nose and Throat set to open in July.

Patients at the cancer center are given the option of receiving chemotherapy treatments outside at a healing garden with a focal water feature. Upstairs, the heart center features two state-of-the-art imaging setups. Doctors also maintain offices in the facility.

"The physicians are readily available to respond to the needs of the patients," Vice President of Summit Health John McElwee said.

The $12.6 million facility, part of the 25-acre Summit Health campus, will be open to the public from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday during the third annual Health Fair hosted by Summit Health.

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