It’s official! Wayne Memorial Hospital broke ground for its biggest expansion in history on September 8, 2017. Close to 200 people attended the ceremony. The Honesdale-based hospital is building a new 85,000 square foot patient tower which will house 50 private patient rooms. The private rooms are designed to help reduce the potential for infection, reduce noise, increase communications between the patient and his/her clinical team and enhance comfort. At the same time, the hospital is renovating 35,000 square feet of existing space, including expanding and adding more private space to Chemotherapy and Wound Care. Wayne Memorial Board Chairman Dirk Mumford and CEO David Hoff both called the $40 million project “exciting and significant.” Photo, left to right: WMHS Board member Wendell Hunt; Susan Mancuso, WMHS Board secretary; James Pettinato, WMH director Patient Care Services; Jonathan Fritz, PA State Representative (R -111); Milt Roegner, chair WMH Foundation; Dr. William Dewar, III, WMH Chief of Staff; John Conte, WMH director Facility Services and Real Estate; Lee Oakes, former WMHS Board chair; David Hoff; Dirk Mumford; Hugh Rechner, WMHS Board 1st vice chair; WMHS Board member Joe Harcum; Chairman Brian Smith Wayne County Commissioners; Community Advisory Board Chair Martha Wilson; Wayne County Commissioner Joseph Adams; Community Advisory Board Vice Chair Juliann Doyle; WMHS Board member Matt Meagher; Wayne County Commissioner Wendell Kay.