GREENCASTLE — Two ribbons were cut at the new WellSpan Greencastle Health Center at ceremonies during a VIP open house and Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce mixer Thursday.
The facility will open for business on Monday, Sept. 9, at 24 Antrim Commons Drive, near Exit 3 of Interstate 81.
A public open house will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 7. Visitors will be able to see the practices, interact with staff and take part in free screenings.
The second-floor rehabilitation center in the new facility is named for Paul and Anna Shockey and received a $250,000 donation from the Paul and Anna Shockey Foundation.
The Shockeys' son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Bonnie Shockey of Greencastle, along with their daughter, son-in-law and grandsons, Jodi, Eric, Owen and Reece Plum, were on hand for the ribbon cutting at the physical therapy suite.
Patrick O'Donnell, president and CEO of WellSpan Summit Health, pointed out that Anna Shockey was nurse at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown when she met her future husband, Paul, who would become a co-founder of JLG Industries.
"This is how communities grow, this is how communities unite," O'Donnell said, noting the Shockeys' legacy continues.
Roxanna Gapstur, president and CEO of WellSpan Health called the rehabilitation area "an amazingly beautiful space."
Those in attendance got a first-hand look at the light and open physical therapy space during a reception held amid its equipment.
There is a wholly modern, 21st century feel throughout building, from the furnishings and light fixtures, to paintings by local artist Christine Lehman in the waiting rooms. The furniture is wired for charging electronic devices.
The new urgent care center is located on the first floor. WellSpan Summit will continue to provide care at its walk-in on Eastern Avenue through Sunday, Sept. 8, before opening the new facility Monday, Sept. 9.
"There's a little more acuity here," said Miranda Ramsey, director of retail services, noting X-rays, labs, and some in-house medicine dispensing not available at a walk-in clinic.
Urgent care will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week under the leadership of Dr. Carlos Sandoval-Martinez and Valerie Myers, nurse practitioner. It features nine exam rooms, two procedure rooms and an X-ray room.
The health center also houses orthopedics, podiatry, behavioral health, endocrinology, gastroenterology, surgery, urology OB/GYN, family medicine, ENT and hearing, occupational health, imaging and mammography and lab services. The cost of the project, including site work, construction, furnishings and equipment, is around $15 million.
That's far beyond the 5,000-square-foot urgent care facility first planned for the site before the vision was broadened to the 45,000-square-foot medical office building, John Massimilla, vice president of COO of WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital, said before the outdoor ribbon-cutting at the main entrance.
The health care system has had a presence in Greencastle since the 1980s, now "we are truly committed to Greencastle. This is for you," he told the business, community, government and health care leaders in attendance.
The center fulfills a promise to "provide the best local comprehensive care close to home," Gapstur said.
O'Donnell recalled visiting the property with Mike Ross, president of Franklin County Area Development Corp., when it was just a field.
"It's been a great journey," O'Donnell said. "This is about the community and all the services we're going to deliver. This building is designed for when our patients need us."
However, he continued, what really makes the difference is not the building, "it's our people, who are here to care for you every day in every way."