Groundbreaking Photos

The official groundbreaking ceremony, symbolizing the start of construction was held on Saturday, May 11, 2013. More than 150 people attended this momentous event to celebrate the official kick-off. View photos from the event below.

  • The official "dig" symbolizing the start of construction
  • Matthew Perry, Genesis President & CEO, addresses the crowd during the groundbreaking ceremony
  • Jody Ballas, Chair of the Genesis HealthCare System Board of Directors
  • Sister Louise Hembrecht, Community Director, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
  • James McDonald, Chair of the Bethesda Care System Board of Directors
  • Dr. Scott Wegner, Medical Director, Genesis Cancer Services, greets a guest during the groundbreaking
  • Rev. Martin J. Ralko, Pastor, St Nicholas Catholic Church delivers the benediction at the close of the ceremony
  • Guests view the program
  • Several local and regional dignitaries attended this historical event
  • Matthew Perry, Genesis President & CEO, and Pat Tiberi, US Congressman
  • Guests socializing during the event
  • The Sisters view renderings of the new medical center design
  • News reporter talks with Matthew Perry regarding the new medical center and its many benefits to the community
  • Pausing for a photo op before the big dig
  • James McDonald and Dr. Nick Sarap greet each other


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