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No specific timelines or plans for Waynesboro Hospital growth

June 14, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Four more houses are in the process of being torn down to further expand employee parking areas at Waynesboro Hospital on Pa. 16.

Expansion of the hospital will occur to the east of the existing structure, although no specific timelines or plans have been adopted, said Ken Shur, the hospital's chief operating officer.

"We're continuing to look at options," Shur said. "We have come to no final conclusions."

The expansion will address needs of the emergency department, which recently scored in the 99th percentile from patient satisfaction surveys among emergency departments nationwide. Shur said 85 percent of medical admissions at the hospital come through its emergency department.

The expansion also is expected to create new medical-surgical rooms in which patients recover from surgeries or ailments such as the flu.

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Decisions being made now revolve around affordability for the expansion, Shur said.

Although Shur said no estimated costs have been determined, he told those gathered for a Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce meeting in September 2006 that the efforts could cost between $13.5 million and $15.5 million, according to published reports.

Shur said an architect has been charged with designing an expansion to meet the needs of the hospital for the next 15 to 20 years.

"We're moving, I think, as timely as we can, but we're not at the point we're looking at any sketches," Shur said.

- Jennifer Fitch

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