His was a donation that keeps on growing

| 29 Sep 2011 | 09:16

Nurseryman gives all the landscaping for new ER wing Honesdale - When they donated the landscaping around Wayne Memorial Hospital’s new addition to the Hospital’s capital campaign, the Roegner family of Honesdale considered it more than an investment. “It was also a thank you,” says Joe Roegner, crouched for a photo outside the building, beside his almost-three-year-old daughter Makayla. His wife Stephanie stands behind them, holding nine-month old Miranda in her arms. Both daughters were born at Wayne Memorial. “This is our community hospital. We’re glad it’s here and we want it to continue to be here,” adds grandfather Milt Roegner. The Roegner family and their businesses, Garrettwood Farms and the Roegner Appraisal Group, together donated the colorful landscaping ringing the new building. Black-eyed Susans, in full bloom now, followed Purple Queen Salvia blossoms. “The landscaping was planned so that there is a sequence of blooms over the year,” continues Roegner. “We also planted flowering shrubs, pear trees and blue spruce trees,” says son Joe. “I am awestruck by how pretty our landscaping is around the new building,” says David Hoff, Chief Executive Officer of Wayne Memorial Health System. “The Roegners did an absolutely wonderful, creative job. We are committed to honoring their support of us every day that we’re open. “We launched our capital campaign as a response to growth in our service population, and the Roegners, three generations, clearly exemplify what we’re all about, offering medical care to growing families in a growing community.” Wayne Memorial’s capital campaign, Operation Vital Signs, has garnered approximately $2.6 million in pledges. The goal is $3 million by 2008. “The community has been very generous, and we have not doubt they’ll help us get over the top (of our goal) in the very near future.” The Hospital plans to unveil Phase II of its capital expansion project—radiology expansion—this fall. An Open House for the public is planned for Sunday, October 1. For more information about Operation Vital Signs, visit www.wmh.org or call 570-253-8272. For more information about Garrettwood Farms landscaping, visit www.garrettwoodfarms.com.