Con. Joyce Meets with Health Care Officials
Congressman John Joyce, R-Blair County, was among the elected officials who met with leaders from Summit Health and WellSpan Health to discuss obstacles in delivering quality care to Franklin County and surrounding area residents.
The leaders gathered Thursday, April 29, 2019, at Salzmann Hughes, P.C., law office, to meet President and CEO of WellSpan Health, Roxanna Gapstur, Ph.D., R.N.
Summit Health, the leading health-care provider in Franklin County, officially became part of WellSpan Health last November and Gapstur started her role as the organization’s CEO Jan. 2. She is working closely with leaders from Summit Health, including President and CEO of Summit Health, Pat O’Donnell, as the two organizations continue to come together through the affiliation.
At the event, O’Donnell and Gapstur shared plans of expansion and investment as well as a desire to make local care more accessible and affordable.
“We have long enjoyed strong working relationships with the elected officials serving this community,” explained O’Donnell. “These cooperative relationships have allowed for the betterment of this community and we look forward to seeing those types of projects continue into the future.”
O’Donnell cited the recent completion of the North Chambersburg Improvements Project, which eased motorists’ travels in the north end of Chambersburg as an example of the cooperation between elected officials and health leaders.
“The project has greatly improved accessibility in that portion of Chambersburg,” he explained. “It has also made it much easier for our patients to travel to our health campus off St. Paul Drive, that they didn’t need to sit in traffic for several minutes when headed to an important medical appointment.”
By working together in a public-private partnership, and by using funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Multimodal Transportation Fund, the roads project extended Parkwood Drive into Greene Township, reconstructed and extended St. Paul Drive to intersect with Parkwood Drive, and made improvements to the intersection of Fifth and Norland avenues.
Thursday, Gapstur remarked she was impressed with the working relationships and cooperation leaders of Summit shared with elected officials, and that she would look to those relationships to continue to improve the quality of life for residents in the Franklin County area.
“We need to make health care easier to use and more affordable,” she said. “Together with Summit Health, WellSpan will focus on creating value and improving the health of our friends and neighbors in central Pennsylvania.”
Last year, WellSpan Health and Summit Health, combined, provided more than $250 million in community benefits, such as charity care, education, and community health initiatives. This year, in addition to community benefit, Gapstur said the organization will significantly invest in Franklin and Cumberland counties through several renovation and buildings projects. Expansions are planned at Chambersburg Hospital in the Emergency Department, as well as in the hospital’s Interventional Radiology suite and Waynesboro Hospital’s Emergency Department.
WellSpan Health also has significant expansion plans in Shippensburg and Greencastle.
“We are thrilled to be building on the strong foundation Summit Health has developed in Franklin County as we look to expand our services and care along the I-81 corridor,” explained Gapstur. “By bringing the services our community needs closer to them, we are helping to make care more accessible.”
A 45,000 square-foot medical office building is being constructed directly off Interstate-81, Exit 3, in Greencastle. The building is expected to open in September, and will house Urgent Care, Digestive Health, Endocrinology, ENT and Hearing Services, Lab and Imaging services, OB/GYN, Occupational Health, Orthopedics, Pain Medicine, Podiatry, Rehabilitation, Surgical Services and Urology.
A medical office building located on Progress Boulevard is being renovated and is expected to open in July. The building will house specialty care practices, including Pulmonology, Cardiology and OB/GYN. General Surgery and Orthopedic practices that are currently in Shippensburg will move to the Progress Boulevard location, while Urgent Care, Family Medicine, Lab Services and Rehabilitation services will continue to be offered at the Walnut Bottom Road location.
For more information on the affiliation, please visit SummitHealth.org/Affiliation. For details on expansion projects in Shippensburg and Greencastle, visit SummitHealth.org/Shippensburg or SummitHealth.org/Greencastle.