CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Formal lettering has been placed on the entrance of Chambersburg Hospital’s newest addition. The addition now displays its new name – Norman B. Epstein King Street Addition.

The new addition at Chambersburg Hospital was dedicated to Epstein in recognition of his 25 years of leadership, dedication and vision.

“Norm has led our healthcare system through so many challenges during his tenure here,” said Valorie Dick, chair of the Summit Health Board of Directors. “We wanted to honor him in a lasting way for his leadership with us.”
Epstein was honored by the announcement.

"To have my name on a building that brings peacefulness to our patients while they're in the hospital -- that's an accomplishment.  That's what it's all about.  That's the way to end your career."

According to Epstein, the new addition was one of his proudest accomplishments.

"Opening the new addition was the right thing to do,” he said. “The community deserved newer hospital rooms with more privacy.  But the staff also deserved a new building for safety reasons.  We needed space to fit a lot more technology in the patient's rooms today than we ever did before." 

“It was emotional for me.”

"I still get this feeling right here as I walk through the addition," he said with his hand on his heart.  "I look around and I see busy nursing units, but I also see soothing artwork on the walls and calm colors.  There is this sense of peace there."

Along with the lettering that was placed on the entrance to the addition at Chambersburg Hospital, a plaque honoring Epstein and his years of service was placed in a highly traveled hallway on the first floor.

Epstein was succeeded by Patrick W. O’Donnell on July 1, 2013. Epstein is currently serving the Summit Health system as an advisor.

“I’m so privileged to have had the opportunity to have Norm Epstein – one of the top CEOs in our industry – as my mentor for the past 25 years,” O’Donnell said.

“His legacy will continue, not just because his name is on the building and his plaque is on the wall, but because of the lessons he taught us and the leadership that he provided.”

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Friday, April 11, 2014