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1:36 PM

Ribbon Cutting: North Chambersburg Improvements Project

Congrats Summit Health! Their ribbon cutting ceremony this week recognized the completion of the North Chambersburg Improvements Project as well as the impending road opening of the extension of Fifth Avenue. The new road extends from Norland Avenue to Parkwood Drive, crossing from the Borough of Chambersburg into Greene Township.

The North Chambersburg Improvement Project has been focused on integrating the the area's existing roadways with the growing commercial area on Norland Avenue. Originally a three-part project, the Fifth Avenue expansion was an addition as a result of a budget surplus.

Through Chambersburg Health Services, Summit Health applied for grant funding and contributed greatly to the project. 

For more information, visit:

10:06 AM

Groundbreaking: Summit Greencastle Medical Office Building


Congratulations Summit Health! They celebrated the start of construction on a three-story, 45,000 square-foot medical office builidng to be built on Antrim Commons Drive in Greencastle. It will house a walk-in care facility as well as primary care and specialty care practices such as orthopedics, podiatry, occupational health and behavioral health.


Construction will be led by Brechbill & Helman Construction Company, Inc. and be completed by June 2019. The estimated cost is $15 million and will have an estimated 80 staff and physicians. Read more about the project at


Photo Caption: Officials from Summit Health, Brechbill and Helman Construction, and Antrim Township participate in Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the new Greencastle Medical Office Building. L-R: Melinda McIntire, director of specialty medicine; Ginger Everhart, director of outpatient physical medicine, wound care and hyperbaric medicine; Mike Kissel, president of Brechbill and Helman Construction; John Massimilla, chief operating officer, Chambersburg Hospital; Pat O’Donnell, president and CEO, Summit Health; Niki Hinckle, senior vice president of physician services; Miranda Ramsey, director of retail services; and Brad Graham, Antrim Township administrator.

11:00 AM

Awaken Your Taste Buds for National Nutrition Month

by Barbara Rossini, Vice President of Community Relations, Summit Health

SH_NutritionWhen people think of Summit Health, they often think of our network of primary care practices, hospitals, and specialty offices; the places you turn to and trust when you or your loved ones are sick or experiencing an emergency.

A misconception regarding healthcare, however, is that you only use it when you become sick with a short-term illness or chronic disease. That’s a myth. A big myth we’re working hard to change because Summit Health is here for community members when you are well, too.

As part of our mission to provide high-quality, affordable, accessible healthcare, we want to help guide you on your paths to good health. At the beginning of this month, we kicked off a month-long “Awaken Your Taste Buds” campaign to promote nutritional literacy. The campaign was created in response to our 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment data that outlined nutrition and lack of adequate vegetable consumption as a critical problem among Franklin County residents. Poor nutrition is linked to chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

People are often confused about what it really means to be healthy, and more specifically, what to eat to maintain great nutrition and lower the risk for chronic disease. Throughout March, Summit Health will offer a number of free opportunities to help educate fellow community members on the basics of nutrition:

Community Cooking Demonstrations
5:30 p.m. | Wednesday, March 9, and Tuesday, March 15
Chambersburg Hospital Lecture Center, 112 N. Seventh St., Chambersburg
You may not learn the knife skills required to make you a formidable contender in a culinary contest, but you will learn simple, applicable tips to help you create healthy, budget-friendly meals. Led by Chambersburg Hospital Executive Chef Emilie Brossene and Director of Food and Nutrition and Registered Dietitian Julie Charnosky. Demos based on recipes found in the cookbook Good and Cheap: Eat Well on Just $4/Day.

Kids’ Grocery Store Tour
6 to 8 p.m. | Wednesday, March 30
Giant Food Store, 925 Norland Ave., Chambersburg
A fun grocery store that will equip school-aged children and their parents with shopping savvy! Kids will learn about eating all the colors of the rainbow; how to identify healthy “snack attacks;” and play grocery store “I Spy.”

Image courtesy of Apolonia at FreeDigitalPhotos.netNutritional Assessment
How well are you really eating? Get a free nutritional assessment from a registered dietitian with Summit Endocrinology.

Not sure you can make one of the events and want some tips for healthful eating from our Summit Health dietitians?
  • Eat a variety of colorful vegetables
  • Eat whole fruit instead of juice, sugary beverages or desserts
  • Eat whole grains: bread, cereals, oats, quinoa, farro
  • Eat low-fat dairy: milk, yogurt, cheese
  • Eat a variety of protein: fish and seafood, lean meat, chicken, eggs, fortified soy products, beans, nuts, seeds
  • Use healthy oils: olive, canola, sunflower
  • Limit: saturated and trans fats, added sugars, excess sodium
When we eat nutrient-dense foods like the ones listed above, our bodies feel better and function better because these are the foods intended to fuel them. These are the foods that can help you maintain good health and limit risk for diabetes and other chronic diseases.

For more information on this campaign or to register for one of the events, visit:

8:03 AM

Ribbon Cutting: Summit FastCare

A hearty welcome to Summit FastCare inside the Giant on Wayne Avenue! They cut the ribbon with staff, friends and community representatives in attendance. They are located in the front of Giant next to Customer Service. Read More

2:45 PM

Making Downtown (and Chambersburg) More Livable

livability-logoby Noel Purdy, President, Downtown Chambersburg Inc.

How livable is Chambersburg? What does that even mean?

The AARP Public Policy Institute created a Livability index that measures quality of life. Attributes like green space, access to healthcare, education, public transportation and pedestrian and bike-friendly amenities make a community livable. The livability score for Chambersburg is 53 (on a scale of 100). 

The physical design of a community can affect its livability. Access to complete streets can also affect the health and well-being of a community. Safe, attractive sidewalks, dedicated bike lanes and multi-modal transportation options can make a community healthier, by increasing the opportunity for physical activity.

A community health needs assessment conducted by Summit Health in 2012 revealed that Franklin County’s obesity rate increased from 33 percent in 2008 to 36.5 percent in 2012. On the national stage, nearly two-thirds of the population is obese. Many factors such as education, access to healthcare and food can affect the obesity rate. 

The “livability” of a place is becoming a top consideration for baby boomers and millennials as they evaluate places to live, which is why it is more important than ever to improve Chambersburg's livability to attract and retain these generations for years to come.

Creating a Pedestrian- and Bike-Friendly Town

Image courtesy of Serge Bertasius Photography at FreeDigitalPhotos.netA recent survey conducted by the American Planning Association (APA) finds that baby boomers and millennials want cities to focus more on investing in new transportation options, walkable communities and making communities as attractive as possible. Whether the community is a small town, a suburban city or an urban location, 49 percent of respondents someday want to live in a walkable community, while only seven percent want to live where they have to drive to most places. says that Chambersburg is a car-dependent community and has a walk score of 46 (out of 100).This means that most destinations in Chambersburg require the use of a car and or public transportation (which is lacking). Learn more here.

Recently, leaders from Summit Health and the Franklin County Cyclists Club approached the Borough to develop a Pedestrian and Bike Improvement Plan that will evaluate the existing bike and pedestrian infrastructure and will make recommendations on how to improve it. The group is raising $36,000 to hire a consultant to do the plan. 

Sharrows ridersBorough Council recently approved the preparation of an application to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) for the installation of Shared Lane Bicycle Marking (also known as sharrows). Sharrows help convey to motorists and bicyclists that they must share the roads on which they are operating. The purpose of the markings is to create improved conditions for bicyclists by clarifying where they are expected to ride and to remind motorists to expect bicyclists on the road.

If the application is approved, sharrows will be added in Chambersburg on U.S. Routes 11 and 30 in the Central Core zoning district as well as on Route 11 north to the Borough line and on King Street from Route 11 to Hood Street and the Chambersburg Bike Park. 

A diverse group of community stakeholders are working hard to improve the livability of Chambersburg - your support is always appreciated!