Published on May 22, 2013

Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Genesis Medical Center

Zanesville, OH (May 11, 2013)Genesis HealthCare System representatives officially broke ground on Saturday, May 11, 2013, for the construction of the new Genesis medical center. The facility, which is slated to open in 2015, will consist of a new patient addition attached to a renovated Bethesda Hospital. A free-standing cancer center and a medical office building will also be constructed on the site.

Among the speakers at the ceremony were Jody Ballas, chair of the Genesis HealthCare System Board of Directors; Matthew Perry, president and CEO of Genesis; Sister Louise Hembrecht, community directory of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity; and James McDonald, chair of the Bethesda Care System Board of Directors. Joining them for the ceremonial groundbreaking were Sister Laura Wolf, president of the FSCC Sponsored Ministries, Inc.; Eric Newsom, M.D., president of the Genesis medical staff; Bill Porter, president of Genesis Volunteers; and Scott Wegner, M.D., medical director of Genesis Cancer Services.

"We have been planning this project for more than two years, and we are excited to begin actual construction," said Perry. "A new medical center will benefit the entire community. It will mean a better quality patient experience, serve as a community economic boost, and enable Genesis to sustain the growth and efficiencies needed to remain a viable, locally run hospital."

The new medical center will feature Centers of Excellence for Heart & Vascular, sponsored by Genesis Volunteers; Cancer, including the Dr. Nick A. & Nancy R. Sarap Cancer Center; Women’s Health, including the Jeff & Jennie Sidwell Family Women’s & Infants Center; Trauma/Emergency, including the J. William & Mary Helen Straker Trauma & Emergency Center; Orthopedics; and Neuroscience. There will also be all private patient rooms; a new pediatrics unit; the Saint Francis Chapel, sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity; general medical and surgical units; and support services such as imaging and laboratory. The campus will also include green zones, increased parking and the Gorsuch Fitness Trail on the grounds.

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The following Genesis representatives participated in the May 11 groundbreaking for the new medical center: (pictured from left to right) Scott Wegner, M.D., medical director, Genesis Cancer Services; Eric Newsom, M.D., president, Genesis Medical Staff; James McDonald, chair, Bethesda Care System Board of Directors; Jody Ballas, chair, Genesis HealthCare System Board of Directors; Matt Perry, president & CEO, Genesis HealthCare System; Sister Louise Hembrecht, community director, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity; Sister Laura Wolf, president FSCC Sponsored Ministries, Inc.; and Bill Porter, president, Genesis Volunteers.

About Genesis HealthCare System

Genesis is an integrated health care delivery system based in Zanesville, Ohio. The system includes Genesis Hospital, a not-for-profit hospital in Zanesville; an extensive network of more than 300 physicians; and multiple outpatient care centers throughout the region.


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