McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. -- Fulton County, Pa., community leaders broke ground Tuesday for a new Fulton County Medical Center facility they say will create jobs and help the county's distressed economy.
McConnellsburg contractor Palmer Construction will oversee development of a $4.8 million patient-services building, where specialty doctors like neurologists and cardiologists will have offices.
Construction is expected to last one year at the Peach Orchard Road site where the hospital relocated in 2007.
"We believe it's the right time to build, to consolidate our services," said Jason F. Hawkins, the medical center's president and CEO.
Guests for the groundbreaking ceremony included U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster and the Fulton County Commissioners.
Shuster, R-Pa., elicited applause when he talked about his opposition to forming a government-run health-care system.
"This medical center is an example of people working together in a community -- the private sector and public sector," he said.