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Operating revenues up at Waynesboro, Chambersburg hospitals

November 25, 2009

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Summit Health held the annual meetings of Chambersburg and Waynesboro hospitals this week to share highlights of the nonprofit health care network's previous fiscal year.

Chambersburg Hospital's total operating revenue increased 11 percent to $249 million for fiscal year 2008-09. Waynesboro Hospital's revenue increased 7.7 percent to $64.2 million, according to documents provided by Summit Health.

Both inpatient admissions and outpatient registrations increased at Waynesboro Hospital. The hospital on Pa. 16 admitted 3,453 patients and processed 117,351 registrations for hospital services in the emergency department, laboratory, surgery and physical medicine department.

Visits to the Waynesboro Hospital Emergency Department increased 3.3 percent to 24,515.

Emergency room visits for Chambersburg Hospital increased by 5 percent and outpatient surgery volume increased 6 percent.

Summit Health provided $25.3 million in free care for the fiscal year, representing an increase of 19.3 percent.

CEO Norman B. Epstein said Summit Health must adapt to economic conditions and anticipated health care reform efforts. He identified three areas of focus -- keeping qualified employees and physicians; providing facilities that meet the standards of modern medicine; and ensuring Summit Health has adequate financial resources.

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"We are working toward beginning significantly scaled-down building plans at both hospitals over the next few years," Epstein said in a written message.

Multimillion-dollar expansion projects for both hospitals were put on hold when the economy soured.

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