WAYNESBORO, Pa. – Governor Tom Corbett announced recently that the newly proposed Waynesboro Hospital medical office building and urgent care facility project has received a competitive grant of $2.5 million from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project (“RACP”) program.

This state-of-the-art facility is estimated to cost approximately $15 million dollars and will be located next to Waynesboro Hospital, 501 E. Main St., across from the Emergency Department entrance along Enterprise Avenue.

The project was approved by Waynesboro Borough Council and Waynesboro Borough Authority earlier this month.

“We are so pleased to make this investment and build such a facility to improve health care for residents in Waynesboro and the surrounding areas,” said Pat O’Donnell, president and CEO of Summit Health.

“We want to express our gratitude and appreciation to Senator [Richard] Alloway who has been with us steadfastly supporting and diligently working on our grant request from the beginning,” he said.

“The Senator quickly recognized the importance of this project to both Waynesboro and Franklin County in providing a first rate facility for our doctors and patients,” O’Donnell said. “We could not have achieved this without the Senator’s good work.”

Melissa Dubrow, vice president and chief operating officer of Waynesboro Hospital, echoed O’Donnell’s sentiments.

“Our community is of the utmost importance to us, so we’re very excited and thankful to be receiving this grant,” Dubrow said. “We hope that by constructing a modern facility, we will continue to serve our community.”

Throughout the process, a number of people helped make this project happen. Dubrow would like to thank: the Waynesboro Borough manager and his staff, Waynesboro Borough Council members and the Waynesboro Borough Authority.

Summit Health Board and Waynesboro Hospital Board members were also very supportive and engaged as the vision for this project moved through the various stages, she said.

“Everyone realized the importance of this project and took a team approach as we forged a strong working relationship,” Dubrow said. “Now it’s time to move from the planning to construction stage and this grant helps us do that.”

Waynesboro Borough Council President Wayne Driscoll said: "The hospital is an asset to the community and the Borough is glad that it was able to assist the hospital in obtaining a grant for this project. The Borough is looking forward to seeing the project completed so that enhanced services are available to our residents.”

Construction is scheduled for late February 2014 with the new medical office building and urgent care center open by summer 2015.

Plans at this time include a three-story building, which will house physician practices and a walk-in care center.

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Friday, December 27, 2013