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Waynesboro Hospital plans $15 million expansion

April 03, 2013|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Waynesboro Hospital officials are pursuing an expansion of the hospital that would cost about $15 million and would include space for physicians, an urgent care center and possibly other specialty areas in medical care, the hospitals chief operating officer said during a Waynesboro Borough Council meeting Wednesday night.

Melissa Dubrow asked the borough council for its help in obtaining a state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant of about $6.7 million for the project.

Money obtained through the program requires a 50-50 match, meaning the hospital would also have to put $6.7 million down as part of the grant, Dubrow said.

She said the hospital will probably end up spending more than that. Summit Health owns the Waynesboro and Chambersburg (Pa.) hospitals as well as several area clinics.

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The grant money has to go through a governmental body and the council agreed unanimously to be a conduit for the money.

Dubrow read a letter from state Sen. Richard Alloway, R-Franklin/Adams/York, who said he “strongly supports” the project and will work to get state funding for it.

Dubrow said because hospital officials are in the very early stages of development of the expansion, she could not say whether the facility would be connected to the current hospital or separate. She said it could be completed by 2015.

Dubrow said the facility would be built on hospital property across from the emergency room. Gravel parking areas are now on the property where several single-family homes once stood, Dubrow said.

Dubrow said the expansion is needed because of aging facilities in the current hospital.

“The design of them is not real patient friendly,” Dubrow said.

Dubrow said the new space for physicians will help the hospital attract doctors.

Hospital officials said they will probably have a better idea of the design of the expansion once they get word on whether the grant has been approved.

Council members asked Dubrow a few questions about the project and council member Craig Newcomer wished Dubrow good luck on the project.

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