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By JENNIFER FITCH | June 15, 2008
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.
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By ERIN JULIUS | February 8, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- More than five years after the project was announced, Washington County Health System officials will break ground Wednesday for the new Washington County Regional Medical Center adjacent to Robinwood Medical Center. Groundbreaking ceremonies will begin at 11 a.m. with presentations from health system representatives. The groundbreaking will be at the Memorial Gardens at Robinwood about 11:30 a.m. Health system officials announced their decision to build a new hospital at the Robinwood site in November 2002.
NEWS
December 31, 2007
RANSON, W.Va. - In an effort to decrease patient wait time in the emergency department, Jefferson Memorial Hospital recently added a mobile care unit outside the emergency department. The unit, which is staffed by an emergency medicine trained nurse practitioner supported by additional nursing staff, adds four treatment rooms to the emergency department. Patients who come to the emergency department with less serious conditions are being treated in the new area. "The goal is to get our patients treated more quickly and then released, which should ultimately improve patient satisfaction," said Tina Coad, executive consultant for emergency services.
NEWS
November 2, 2007
Q: "My husband was a patient admitted to the hospital at Washington County the other night, and they had to hold him in the emergency room all night long because they didn't have any more beds left in the hospital. So what I don't understand is the new hospital is going to have less patient beds. So why are they are even building a new one if they can't hold the patients now? They don't have enough beds for the patients, and they're gonna build a smaller hospital. Why are they wasting all the money?"
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By JULIE E. GREENE | October 29, 2007
Let's say you end up in the emergency department with chest pains. If you're conscious you can tell the doctor what medications you take - if you remember them all. If you're unconscious, hospital personnel might look on your person for a list of medications. A person in their 40s or 50s with chest pains - there could be a lot of different causes for that, said Dr. Stephen Kotch, chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine for Washington County Hospital. Patients who can provide a list of their medications or a detailed medical history can help the medical staff narrow down the likely diagnosis and target tests and diagnostics that should be run immediately, Kotch said.
NEWS
August 21, 2007
The Washington County Hospital announced last week that it would close its helipad for repair for the next two weeks. During that time, helicopters will land at the helipad at the U.S. Army Reserve Center at East Franklin and Willard streets, about a mile from the hospital. For patients and members of the Hagerstown Fire Department, who stand by at all non-hospital helicopter landings, this is a temporary inconvenience. But as necessary as it is, the dollars that will go into this repair will be wasted, because when the hospital makes its move to a new location, the helipad will be torn down along with everything else.
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by DAVE MCMILLION | July 20, 2007
RANSON, W.Va. - The organization that runs Jefferson Memorial Hospital announced Thursday it has requested state approval for a $4.6 million renovation of its emergency department. The hospital's emergency room treats about 22,000 people per year, and the current facility is not designed for that volume, according to a press release from Tina Coad, manager of Jefferson Memorial Hospital's emergency department. The proposed renovation includes expanding the emergency room from eight to 19 beds, creating additional parking, renovating existing waiting rooms and adding a decontamination room, according to the release.
NEWS
July 9, 2007
Washington County Hospital Auxilians and guests gathered at the Church of the Brethren on June 20 to celebrate their 55th anniversary. The event, called "55 and Alive," included a special tribute to Lois Harrison, who has been an active volunteer since the 1960s and served as president of the auxiliary from 1974 to 1976. Linda Hovis, auxiliary president, thanked Harrison for her dedication to the group. She also noted that Harrison organized and wrote much of the June Day skits that have become an auxiliary tradition.
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