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WMH Honors Memory of Dr. George Tietjen

With great sadness, Wayne Memorial Hospital learned that former Chief of Staff George W. Tietjen, MD died on July 29, 2013. Chief Executive Officer David Hoff ordered the U.S. flag outside the front of the hospital to be lowered to half staff until sundown on Friday, August 2nd, in memory of Dr. Tietjen.  
“The hospital family deeply mourns his passing,” said CEO Hoff. “For more than three decades, Dr. Tietjen served our patients and our community with skill, passion and integrity. He had an unstinting commitment to quality health care and was well-respected throughout the medical community. As a former chief of our medical staff, Dr. Tietjen was also a guiding light for our administrative team and a pillar of support for many hospital initiatives. We extend our condolences to his family. We have truly lost not just a colleague, but a friend.”
Dr. Tietjen, a board-certified surgeon and fellow of the American College of Surgeons, joined Wayne Memorial Hospital in 1975. He was chief of staff from 2001 to 2011. Trained at Rutgers University, the George Washington School of Medicine and Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, Dr. Tietjen performed thousands of successful general and vascular surgical procedures in his career. Many of his patients maintained a professional friendship with him long after their surgeries. Kate Carmody, a breast cancer survivor, said publicly, “I owe my life to Doctor Tietjen at Wayne Memorial Hospital.”
Wayne Memorial Hospital administrators are planning a special service for Dr. Tietjen at the hospital in the next month.
Respects may be paid in person to Dr. Tietjen’s family at the United Methodist Church/Wesley Room in Honesdale on Wednesday, July 31st, from 4pm – 8pm. A funeral will be held Thursday, August 1st, at the same church at 11am.

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