Norman Gottfried Surgery Center Opens at Wyandot Memorial
Norman Gottfried Surgery Center Opens at Wyandot Memorial

Norman Gottfried Surgery Center Opens at Wyandot Memorial


Members of Norman Gottfried’s family cut the ribbon to officially open the new surgery center at Wyandot Memorial Hospital. Hosting the ceremony and holding the ribbon were WMH President and CEO Ty Shaull (left) and Board of Governors Chairman Fred Feichter (right).

The Norman Gottfried Surgery Center officially opened today at Wyandot Memorial Hospital.

Members of Norman Gottfried’s family cut the ribbon on the new construction at a private ceremony held yesterday.

“I believe Mr. Gottfried would be pleased how the center’s advanced technology was combined with comfort-enhancing features,” noted WMH President and CEO Ty Shaull.

He indicated one of the greatest improvements is the separation of outpatient surgery rooms from the inpatient rooms – especially as the hospital continues to care for patients testing positive for COVID-19.

“The new outpatient surgery rooms couldn’t come quick enough for us,” Shaull emphasized. “Who would have ever dreamed while we were planning this expansion that we’d face a pandemic during its construction … a pandemic where distancing and separation is key.”

There are 10 private rooms for patients within the surgery center where both pre-op preparations and post-op recovery occur under the close observation of nursing staff. They were completed just after Christmas, along with the dedicated procedure room for endoscopy and bronchoscopy, the waiting areas for families and a hallway connecting the surgery center with the main floor of the hospital.

The first phase of the project – three spacious new operating rooms – was completed in early September and has already served more than 400 patients.

“Our surgeons and staff have been very pleased with the larger footprint of the operating rooms and improved flow for surgical instruments and equipment,” Shaull reported. “I’ve already had a few phone calls from other area surgeons wanting to see our new ORs and schedule cases here.”

The surgery expansion project was made possible due to a generous multi-million dollar gift from the Estate of Norman Gottfried made in memory of Norman Gottfried and his brother Russell Gottfried.

Charles and Jean Gottfried, a brother and sister-in-law of Norman and Russell, said it was Norman’s desire for his bequest to do the most good for the greatest number of people in the community.

“He believed a gift to the hospital would best fulfill his intention,” Jean Gottfried remarked prior to the ribbon cutting. “His gift was the culmination of many years of unassuming philanthropy.”

Norman Gottfried was a hard-working, frugal farmer from just outside of Upper Sandusky. He was 1 of 10 children born in Salem Township to Arthur and Blanche Gottfried. He grew up during the tough times of the Depression and understood sacrificing in the short term for long term gains. He thought things through carefully – especially when it came to finances – and was conservative with his investments.

“While he was living, we had the great pleasure of showing Mr. Gottfried the medical equipment his donations helped purchase,” Shaull explained. “I like to imagine that he can see all of this and the many friends and neighbors that will be touched by his generosity and love of our community.”

Shaull said Mr. Gottfried had expressed his concerns on several occasions that the hospital needed some serious updating and the facility seemed obsolete and drab.

“The new surgery center is not obsolete nor drab, but open and inviting,” Shaull stated. “It gives us some beautiful views of the sky and the sun as it goes down each day … views much like those Mr. Gottfried saw from the farm.”

Because an open house was not appropriate during the pandemic, the hospital is creating a video tour to provide a behind-the-scenes look for the public. An announcement will be made when that virtual tour is available.

For more information about the Norman Gottfried Surgery Center, contact Shaull at 419-294-4991, extension 2363.