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Dramatic ribbon-cutting event introduces transformational Wilson Main Tower

June 07, 2024

Community leaders, special guests and donors to the UHS Foundation joined members of Team UHS May 17 for an exciting ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand preview event introducing the new Wilson Main Tower to the Southern Tier.

“What you see all around you is a new hospital for our region and the beginning of a new era in healthcare,” said John M. Carrigg, president and chief executive officer of UHS, in opening remarks.  “Every one of us here today shares in a historic moment, the introduction of a state-of-the-art tower and a new environment of care, combining to create a wonderful new healthcare experience for all.”

Said Peter Newman, chairman of the board of UHS:  “The innovative features of the structure will enhance the standard of care patients will receive.  The greatest impact of this beautiful building will go far beyond the infrastructure that is visible from the highway.”

Government leaders who spoke May 17 included Ciano Briga, representing U.S. Rep. Marc Molinaro;  New York State Sen. Lea Webb; New York Assemblymember Donna Lupardo; Broome County Executive Jason Garnar; and Johnson City Mayor Martin Meaney.

The UHS Choir performed at the event and faith leaders from Greater Binghamton joined UHS Chaplain the Rev. Rachel Helgeson in presenting invocations.

Cory Jacobs, executive director of the UHS Foundation, and Gerald Putman, executive director of the Dr. G. Clifford and Florence B. Decker Foundation, spoke about the Journey Campaign, which is raising substantial contributions toward the Wilson Main Tower through the generosity of many donors.

Refreshments were offered and guided tours of the building were conducted for those in attendance.

Noted Mr. Carrigg:  “The tower we dedicate today is monumental as it brings the physical plant of UHS Hospitals from the 20th to the 21st century.  The new patient care areas are conducive to the physical, emotional and mental aspects of recuperation—the very embodiment of healing and restoration.”

UHS Wilson Main Tower Ribbon Cutting