WAYNESBORO, PA. - While Norman B. Epstein's annual message to the Summit Health Board of Directors included a retrospective look at millions of dollars in charity care and technology investments, the health system's president and CEO said he and the board take greater pride in what is to come.
The near future for Summit Health in Franklin County, Pa., includes major expansion projects at Waynesboro and Chambersburg hospitals, a new outpatient facility in Greencastle and 64-slice CT scanners that produce diagnostic images in mere seconds.
"We're always looking at what the community needs in the future," Epstein said. "We're not living in the present."
In addition to building projects and technology, Epstein emphasized that staffing will continue to be a key focus for Summit Health.
Chambersburg Hospital, which functions in a county boasting the state's lowest unemployment rate, maintains a practice of "overhiring" for positions prone to shortages like those for registered nurses, X-ray technicians and laboratory and respiratory therapists. Summit Health, with almost $282 million of operating revenue in fiscal year 2005-06, employed more than 70 physicians.