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UHS celebrates nurses, other health professionals with opening of Wilson Main Tower

May 13, 2024

May is a big month at UHS, as the healthcare system honors our incredible health professionals for their dedication and celebrates the opening of the Wilson Main Tower in Johnson City.

With a theme of “Soaring to New Heights — Building Higher! Building Stronger!,” Team UHS will celebrate Nurses Week and Healthcare Week as we recognize our team of committed employees and physicians who make excellence in patient care happen every day.

Recognizing the care and support provided by UHS' 6,000+ healthcare professionals who work in many settings, Nurses Week and National Hospital Week are nationwide observances held every May that UHS embraces locally. UHS celebrates Nurses Week from May 6 to 12, then Healthcare Week (in recognition of National Hospital Week) from May 13 to 17.

UHS’ workers are of vital importance to our community. In addition to providing bedside care, they advise and educate patients and their families on many aspects of diagnosis, care and treatment, are leaders in the area of disease prevention, and promote good health practices for individuals, and, very often, for entire populations. The goal of today’s health professional is to improve medical outcomes every day.

At UHS, our teams live our values — compassion, trust, respect, teamwork and innovation — in every patient interaction, leading to a great patient experience. UHS recognizes the enormous contribution made to the well-being of our community that is the result of our employees’ and providers’ dedication to their calling.

UHS is further honoring Healthcare Week by ushering in “A New Era in Healthcare,” as the six-story Wilson Main Tower is introduced at UHS Wilson Medical Center.  

Essentially a new hospital for the Southern Tier, the tower will feature a brand-new Emergency & Trauma Center, on-site MRI and 120 private patient rooms with private bathrooms, along with a quiet reflection room and café. As the first major expansion of UHS Wilson in three decades, the tower is also one of the largest medical construction projects to happen in Greater Binghamton in recent years.

For the public, UHS will hold a grand preview event to which the entire Southern Tier community is invited, on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the new tower facing Main Street in Johnson City. 

Guided tours of the new building will be featured until 2:30 p.m., along with live entertainment and tasty refreshments. 

Those attending will learn about the changes to patient and visitor access that will be in effect at UHS Wilson as soon as the tower begins seeing patients. 

In many ways, the new tower represents the future of healthcare in Southern Tier. The building is a healing, restorative environment, featuring the latest technology, plenty of space and the use of natural light. 

The facility is the culmination of an incredible amount of planning, dedication and hard work on the part of UHS’ board members, leadership, medical staff, employees and community partners. The result is not just a magnificent building, but a great place to work and a great place to provide and receive care. 

When people talk about what’s important to them as they seek care for themselves and their families, a modern facility with top caregivers is high on their list. The tower creates the space needed for the best possible experience for patients who come to UHS from every part of the community.  To have UHS here, with this dynamic design, as the center of the Johnson City Health & Cultural District, is transformational, and will serve the region’s needs for many years to come.