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Paul Wedel, Former CEO of Lancaster General Hospital, Dies At 87

Paul G. Wedel, 87, who served as president and CEO of Lancaster General Hospital for 28 years was announced dead on Sunday, July 6. A cause of death wa...

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|Jul 8|magazine3 min read

Paul G. Wedel, 87, who served as president and CEO of Lancaster General Hospital for 28 years was announced dead on Sunday, July 6.

A cause of death was not released.

A leading force behind construction of the hospital’s Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, Wedel pioneered Lancaster’s growth from 1964 until 1992. It was reported that during one of his final visits with CFO and treasurer at Lancaster, F. Joseph Byorick, Wedel was still inquiring about the hospital.

Wedel oversaw various impactful moments during his time at Lancaster, including the first open-heart surgery in 1983, the induction of a new building adjacent to the School of Nursing in 1967, and the installment of the Family Medicine Residency Program in 1970. But he is best known for Lancaster General’s Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, which opened towards the end of his tenure. The pavilion has made it possible for individuals to receive outpatient care in a convenient and successful manner.

Surviving Wedel are his wife, Jean Martin of Lititz, and their four children, Dana of Berkely, California; Laurie of Lancaster; Paul John of Los Angeles; and Kurt of San Francisco.