2011-02-03 / Local & State

Keystone Health Completes Facility Expansions

Keystone Health, a notfor profit Community Health Center in Chambersburg, has completed two construction projects that were made possible with federal stimulus funding. The Capital Improvement Program grant awarded Keystone $1,649,965 to expand its behavioral health and dental facilities.

“Both of these facilities had been renovated a number of times in an effort to accommodate the growing demand for behavioral health and dental services, but we had reached the limit in renovation options,” said Keystone President Joanne Cochran. “The space we added with the stimulus funding has allowed us to hire additional providers and make more appointments available.”

Keystone’s facility at 820 Fifth Avenue was expanded to quadruple the space for Keystone Behavioral Health with the addition of four treatment rooms, two group therapy rooms, and a waiting room.

The expansion at Keystone Dental Care at 767 Fifth Avenue, Suite B-3A, added five treatment rooms making a total of 18 rooms.

In 2009, Keystone Health was one of 36 community health centers in Pennsylvania to receive federal stimulus funds to help them repair, renovate and expand existing facilities in order to increase access to healthcare.

Keystone Health received two additional stimulus grants in 2009. With one grant, Keystone hired a pediatrician and a pediatric nurse practitioner as well as support staff at Franklin County Pediatrics. With the other grant, Keystone is constructing a new building at 830 Fifth Avenue that will house a walk-in clinic, a Keystone pharmacy, and provide additional space for three of Keystone’s existing practices: Keystone Women’s Care, Keystone Internal Medicine, and Franklin County Pediatrics. Keystone expects this new building to be completed by September 2011.

“These expansions enable Keystone Health to continue improving access to affordable primary healthcare for the entire community,” Cochran said.

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