Waynesboro Hospital expanding services with wound care center, burn program

May 15, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER |

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Waynesboro Hospital is expanding its programs and services this year to keep pace with the needs of the community, according to Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Ken Shur.

Shur described some of the new initiatives to business leaders at Tuesday’s Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce breakfast.

A new wound care center is under construction and scheduled to be completed in late August.

Shur said its first patients could be seen as early as mid-September or early October.

“We’re very excited about it,” Shur said.

The wound care center will specialize in treating complicated, chronic wounds that are difficult to heal.
TeleBurn is another new addition.

“We have signed an agreement with Lehigh Valley Health Network for their burn program,” Shur said.

Here’s how it will work: When a burn patient arrives at Waynesboro Hospital, the emergency room physician can send a digital photo of the injury to a burn surgeon at Lehigh to determine the best course of action.


Shur said it’s an extra tool to determine the best treatment.

Waynesboro Hospital sees about 10 burn cases each month.

Soon, Shur said, telemedicine will be used throughout the entire hospital so doctors at Waynesboro can consult with doctors or specialists at another hospital using the Internet.

“The bottom line is (Telemedicine) allows us to keep patients in their home hospitals. It’s a win-win for everybody,” Shur said.

Waynesboro Hospital is making changes to the way doctor’s enter patient information into electronic systems.

To reduce the chance of error, Shur said Waynesboro Hospital is transitioning to a fully computerized physician-order entry system.

Waynesboro Hospital will be completely transitioned in the next few months and Chambersburg Hospital will be “live” in July. Both hospitals are owned by Summit Health.

Shur said visiting hours have been eliminated at both hospitals to better promote family involvement that helps patients’ recovery.

“You can visit anytime – we like to know that you are coming so you can get through the building,” Shur said.

Waynesboro Hospital was ranked by the independent health care ratings company HealthGrades last year as being among the top 10 percent in the United States for outstanding patient experience.

While the hospital is known for its commitment to providing superior health care, Shur said he also wants it to be known as a strong economic engine in the community.

The most recent study done by the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania said Waynesboro Hospital provides direct and indirect economic impact of about $117 million to the Waynesboro area, Shur said.

“That’s a lot of dollars that the Waynesboro Hospital generates to the Waynesboro community. If Waynesboro Hospital was not there and not financially strong — we believe — that would have a very detrimental impact to the local community,” Shur said.

Waynesboro Hospital employs approximately 550 people, he said.

Summit Health is the second largest employer in Franklin County.

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