Waynesboro Hospital Celebrates 90th Anniversary
WAYNESBORO, Pa. – On October 2, the hospital celebrated its 90th anniversary – nine decades of being Waynesboro, Pennsylvania’s hometown hospital.
The hospital was built in 1922 at its current location, 501 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. and originally had 35 beds for patients. It was established by a group of volunteers in response to the Spanish Influenza. The illness killed more than 20 million people worldwide including 40 Waynesboro residents.
The doors have remained open since the lights were first turned on at Waynesboro Hospital 90 years ago.
Ninety years after opening, the hospital now has 62 beds and a comprehensive list of services available including lab and imaging.
Waynesboro Hospital continues to be a proven patient satisfaction leader in regional healthcare, and, has been recognized nationally as the “Number 1 Best Place to Work in America” by Modern Healthcare magazine.
“The hospital was established by the community to take care of the community,” Melissa Dubrow, Interim Administrative Officer for Waynesboro Hospital said. “We are family, friends and neighbors taking care of each other still 90 years after the doors opened.”
“The medical staff, board of directors, administration, staff, donors, volunteers, and auxiliary members at this community hospital are so caring and compassionate, it is no surprise that the hospital has been providing care to this great community for 90 years.”
Waynesboro Hospital Timeline
1922 – Waynesboro Hospital is established by a group of volunteers in response to the Spanish Influenza. The illness killed 40 Waynesboro residents and more than 20 million people worldwide. At this time, the hospital had 35 beds.
1939 – A new wing was added to the west end of the building. This brought the hospital’s capacity to 78 beds.
1962 – Another expansion increased the hospital’s capacity to 105 beds.
1970 – A Coronary Care Unit was opened.
1972 – The Coronary Care Unit was replaced by a 6-bed Intensive Care Unit.
1980 – A major renovation lowered the hospital’s capacity to 88 beds. This reflected the trend within the healthcare industry to shift care toward outpatient services.
1995 – Waynesboro Hospital became part of the Summit Health family. Summit Health is also the parent organization to Chambersburg Hospital and most of the area’s physician practices.
2008 – Waynesboro Hospital received national recognition when it was named “America’s # 1 Best Place to Work in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare magazine.
Today – Waynesboro Hospital is a 62-bed facility offering a comprehensive selection of services. The hospital is staffed by about 175 physicians, 500 staff members, and more than 200 volunteers.
Summit Health, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to building a healthier community through leading-edge medical technology, skilled physicians, caring staff, and convenient locations. Summit Health’s comprehensive selection of services and providers includes family physicians, surgeons, specialists, diagnostic services, a women’s health center, a fitness center, and two award-winning hospitals. For more information about Summit Health, call (717) 267-7136 or visit www.SummitHealth.org and www.facebook.com/SummitHealth.