Published on September 22, 2020

Reading Hospital - Tower Health Recognizes 500th COVID-19 Patient Discharge

West Reading, Pa., September 22 - Last week Reading Hospital - Tower Health recognized the discharge of its 500th patient to successfully recover from COVID-19. Remarks were given by William M. Jennings, Reading Hospital President and CEO, Dawn Anuszkiewicz, Reading Hospital Chief Operating Officer, and Debra Powell, MD, Chief, Section of Infectious Disease and Medical Director, Infection Prevention at Reading Hospital. At the conclusion of the remarks Dawn Anuskiewicz and Dr. Powell ceremoniously added the 500th heart to the wall dedicated to the COVID-19 patients who have been discharged to their homes.

"This is an achievement worth recognizing and speaks to the high-quality care our team members provide in our community," said William M. Jennings. "Just a few months ago, we knew very little about the particular challenges of caring for patients with this virus. But our team continuously adapted, following the guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH). It has not been easy, but the smiles on the faces of the patients we send home make all the hard work more than worth it."

Click here to download a photo and video from the event. Featured in the photo left to right are Blake Tobias Jr., Operations; Dawn Anuszkiewicz, Chief Operating Officer; Debra Powell, MD, Chief, Section of Infectious Diseases and Medical Director, Infection Prevention; Marie Keim, Tower Health Director of Epidemiology and Infection Prevention; Rosemary Wurster, DNP, MPH, RN, NEA-BC, CEN, Chief Nursing Officer; Ron Nutting, MD, Chief Medical Officer. Featured in the video are Dawn Anuszkiewicz and Debra Powell, MD. 

About Reading Hospital

Reading Hospital is the flagship, Magnet Recognized, acute care hospital of Tower Health. Located in West Reading, Pa., Reading Hospital is a 714-bed hospital that is home to many top-tier specialty care centers, including Reading HealthPlex, McGlinn Cancer Institute, Miller Regional Heart Center, Emergency Department, Level I Trauma Center and Beginnings Maternity Center, which houses the region's only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). With more than 1,000 physicians and providers across 49 locations, Reading Hospital has been recognized for its quality outcomes and clinical expertise across services lines. It is listed as one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for four consecutive years and received a 5-Star Rating from CMS two years in a row. For more information, visit