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UHS breaks ground for Wilson Project in Johnson City

By Traci DeLore (


First facility expansion in more than 30 years  

Officials on April 19 broke ground on the Wilson Tower project at UHS Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City. (PHOTO CREDIT: UHS WEBSITE)

JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. — Work is underway to develop the Wilson Project, a new, six-story, “state-of-the-art” clinical tower at UHS Wilson Medical Center, adding more than 183,000 square feet of space to the existing hospital.

It represents the first expansion of the Johnson City campus in more than 30 years, UHS said. 

The UHS Foundation is launching a $10 million capital campaign to support the project, which it is called the UHS Journey Campaign. To date, the effort has raised close to $6 million.

Creating a “great patient experience” is what this Wilson Project is really all about, John Carrigg, president and CEO of UHS, said in his remarks at an April 19 groundbreaking ceremony. 

“The goal of the exciting new clinical tower that will take shape at this location is to provide a state-of-the-art healing environment for the patients we serve in the Southern Tier well into the future,” Carrigg said. “This groundbreaking ceremony represents a major step forward in the enhancement of UHS Hospital’s facilities … and the end result will be more than just a magnificent building … but most importantly a great place to provide and receive care.” 

The building will include four inpatient medical/surgical units with 30 private rooms each.

Facing Main Street, the tower will be the “front door” to UHS services going forward, the health-care organization contends. It will feature a new emergency department, MRI suite, surgical-support area, and rooftop helipad, in addition to the patient rooms.

Carrigg went on to describe the Wilson Project as a “vital part of [the] UHS overall strategic and facility master plan.”

Rochester–based LeChase Construction Service, LLC is the contractor on the project. Construction will happen in three phases with completion set for summer 2025. Chianis + Anderson Architects, PLLC of Binghamton is the lead architect on the project.

“The Wilson Project will … truly enable us to recruit and retain outstanding health-care professionals and providers who will be naturally attracted to a modern, state-of-the-art working campus,” Carrigg said. 

The project also adds to an area of Johnson City that has a health-care focus with Binghamton University’s health-sciences campus located in the same neighborhood, he added. The area is home to Binghamton’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Decker College of Nursing.

The groundbreaking event included remarks from Broome County Executive Jason Garnar; Stacey Duncan, executive director of the Agency and president and CEO of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce; and state and local lawmakers as well. 

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