Cumberland Times-News


November 21, 2009

First patient says no way to compare old and new hospitals


“It’s been a long day, but it’s almost done,” Burgan said.

On the fifth floor, a freshly shaven Wiegand said the new hospital is a vast improvement.

“After you’ve been in here, there’s no way to compare the two,” said Wiegand, who had checked into the Braddock campus Thursday afternoon with breathing problems. One of the best things about his new digs: The food.

“For breakfast I had oatmeal and pears and pancake and sausage, coffee,” said Wiegand, of LaVale. “They had everything. A while ago I had macaroni and cheese and broccoli and pears and coffee and tomato soup. ... It’s just like being at home.”

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