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WBGH hosts ribbon cutting for new ED and Heart and Vascular Institute

From left: James Bobeck, Esq., Luzerne County Council; David Hochhauser, MD, Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine; Jill Sobie, RN, Interim Director, Emergency Services; Diane Ljungquist, Assistant CEO; Pam Tahan, COO; Wilkes-Barre Mayor Thomas Leighton; William Moore, President/CEO, Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry; Cor Catena, CEO; state Senator Lisa Baker; Rick Morelli, Luzerne County Council; Tom Cahill, Representing U.S. Rep. Thomas Marino; Douglas Coslett, MD, President-Elect Medical Staff; Jack McCarthy, former Wilkes-Barre General Hospital Board Chairman; Patrice Persico, Chair, Wilkes-Barre General Hospital Board of Directors.


Ribbon Cutting Marks Opening of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital Emergency Department and Heart & Vascular Institute

Posted July 11, 2012


Wilkes-Barre General Hospital hosted a dedication and ribbon cutting for its new Emergency Department and Heart & Vascular Institute Tower on Wednesday, July 11. 

Begun in October 2010, the $53 million expansion is the largest capital improvement project in the history of Wilkes-Barre—part of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital’s planned $135 million investment in capital expenditures to improve and expand patient care services.

“These facilities are a significant advance in our effort to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our region’s residents,” said hospital CEO Cornelio Catena, who pointed out that Wilkes-Barre General Hospital treats more emergency cases and cardiovascular patients than any other regional provider.  “Our new and expanded facilities will enable our hospital to continue to render care to those who need it most,” he concluded.

The ribbon cutting was preceded by remarks by hospital Board of Directors Chair Patrice Persico, Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry CEO William Moore, Wilkes-Barre Mayor Thomas Leighton and Luzerne County Council member Rick Morelli, who presented Mr. Catena with a commemorative proclamation on behalf of the Luzerne County Council.

The new Emergency Department is now open for ambulance and walk-in patients.

The new Heart & Vascular Institute space will officially open the week of July 23.


Click to learn more about Wilkes-Barre General Hospital's new Emergency Department and Heart & Vascular Institute.

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