Surgery Expansion Project Underway at Wyandot Memorial
Surgery Expansion Project Underway at Wyandot Memorial

Surgery Expansion Project Underway at Wyandot Memorial


The site work for Wyandot Memorial Hospital’s surgery suite construction project started last month in preparation for a building addition adjacent to the hospital’s north side.

The first phase was the removal of a building near the front of the hospital campus that served as physician offices. This area will be the new location of the helipad, which is currently on the northwest corner of the hospital. The new helipad site is much closer to the emergency department for patient transfers via helicopter.

The next phase will close the existing north entrance for the site work and construction there. Barricade fencing will soon be installed, and a temporary interior wall will go up to protect patients and visitors from the work zone.

“The closing of our north entrance is expected to occur right around Thanksgiving,” WMH CEO Ty Shaull noted. “During the construction, patients and visitors for the nursing units, outpatient services and physician offices can enter via the covered main entrance on the south side of the hospital.”

Shaull did point out that there would be several parking spots reserved at the back of the facility near the patio for patients having therapy or seeing Ophthalmologist Steven Suh, MD, in his temporary office near the cafeteria on the lower level.

“We’ve made extra efforts to improve patient and visitor parking in our south lot,” Shaull reported, “including the installation of a temporary stone lot for employees at the very south edge of the campus and the move of many non-clinical staffers to the Tarhe Trail building.”

The new flow will be an adjustment Shaull admitted and emphasized the year of slight inconvenience will be well worth the improvements coming for the hospital and community.

The surgery construction project includes three operating rooms and designated spaces for instrument sterilization and storage, surgical equipment and family waiting areas. The building addition will be completed first, with existing surgery space renovated to create combined prep/recovery rooms for patients.

The new surgery suite is funded by the generous bequest the hospital received from former patient and area farmer Norman Gottfried. In honor of his thoughtful gift and his wish to help others, the new addition will be named the Norman Gottfried Surgery Center.

Wyandot Memorial Hospital is an independent hospital with local leadership committed to Keeping Our Promise to be Your Hospital, a mission that relies on and encourages community engagement. For concerns, comments or questions about parking at the hospital or the project underway, contact Shaull’s office at 419-294-4991, extension 2363.

A preliminary rendering of the proposed entrance for the Norman Gottfried Surgery Center includes a canopy for patient drop off and pick up, as well as parking closeby along the front of the hospital.

Norman Gottfried Surgery Center interior renderingThe first interior peek of the upcoming project shows a reception desk conveniently neighboring a comfortable family waiting area. Across the hall are private areas for patient registration.

About USMA

The building removed to make way for the new helipad location was the former location of Upper Sandusky Medical Associates and the physician practices of Dr. K.K. Solacoff and the late Dr. J.J. Browne and Dr. H.A. Rhodes. Dr. and Mrs. Solacoff joined members of the Browne and Rhodes families for a last look at the building, and also received bricks as keepsakes. Reminiscing at the nurses’ station in the office were Browne family members Cathy Browne (from left), Christine Heider, David Browne and Freda Browne with Dr. K.K. Solacoff and Doris Solacoff.

WMH CEO Ty Shaull presented the medical symbol that adorned the front of the Upper Sandusky Medical Associates building – constructed in 1962 – to Dr. K.K. Solacoff.