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PinnacleHealth Names New Patient Floor in Honor of Benjamin Olewine III

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (October 3, 2013) - Benjamin Olewine III, a local entrepreneur, civic leader and philanthropist, will be recognized Tuesday, October 1 for his generous support of the PinnacleHealth Spine, Bone & Joint Institutes. The new patient floors, including the Benjamin Olewine III Spine, Bone & Joint Institutes, opened at Community General Osteopathic Hospital last week.

Benjamin Olewine III has a proud history of serving the Harrisburg area. His family’s ties to Harrisburg date prior to 1785 when Dauphin County was first established. An entrepreneur and civic leader, Mr. Olewine is Chairman emeritus of Sysco Food Services. He began working in his family’s business as a young boy, and under his leadership, that first store grew to include catering, specialty foods, trucking and distribution.

A World War II veteran, Ben Olewine has been recognized for many business and political contributions, and his name is synonymous with philanthropy in the Harrisburg area. Through his generosity, Mr. Olewine has provided funding for projects that have benefited our community, including the Nature Center at Wildwood Lake Sanctuary, the Culinary Arts School at HACC, Whitaker Center, and now the PinnacleHealth Spine, Bone & Joint Institutes.

“As past patient at Community General Osteopathic Hospital, I chose to contribute to the spine and orthopedic programs at PinnacleHealth as it supports my desire for all patients to receive excellent care in a  comfortable environment,” states Benjamin Olewine, III. “ This new unit certainly feels more private, spacious and like home .”

“Mr. Olewine shares PinnacleHealth’s vision for a healthier community. We are grateful for his contributions to improve upon the care environment that we offer our patients, and thank him for continuing generosity to the people of central Pennsylvania,” states Michael A. Young, president & CEO for PinnacleHealth.

The new patient floors are part of expansions and similar renovations that are taking place throughout PinnacleHealth facilities as part of its multi-year strategic plan, Vision 2017. All improvements are targeted to accommodate an increasing elderly population, to provide the convenience and satisfaction demanded by discerning consumers in the future and to create a highly integrated system of care designed to increase access, enhance quality, and lower costs.

Each unit holds 32 larger, private patient rooms and provide state-of-the-art technology resources for caregivers, including:

  • A new call bell system that uses innovative and specific call bell buttons that send targeted messages to the appropriate caregiver for a patient’s desired need
  • Bedside computers for medical documentation at the point of care, providing better care coordination and safety
  • Bedside cardiac and vital-sign monitoring that uploads to the patient’s electronic medical record
  • Teletracking monitors easily visible to the care team for tracking patients
Care on the third floor of the Community Campus is dedicated to post-surgical patients after orthopedic, spine, general and bariatric surgical procedures. The fourth floor care is dedicated to cardiac and medical patients. In addition, the third floor houses a rehabilitation therapy gym. The fifth floor is shelled for future use.


About PinnacleHealth System
PinnacleHealth is a pioneer not-for-profit healthcare system dedicated to providing and improving the health and quality of life for the people of Central Pennsylvania since 1873. A proven leader in medical innovation, PinnacleHealth offers a wide range of services from primary care to the most complex surgeries and Magnet recognition for nursing excellence. The healthcare network includes four campuses (Community, West Shore, Harrisburg and Polyclinic). The West Shore Hospital will open in Hampden Township in 2014. The five-story hospital will include 108 beds with an emergency department, medical/surgical care, cardiology, orthopedics, chronic disease management, and private patient rooms. Medical services, including family practice, imaging, outpatient surgery and oncology are offered at multiple locations throughout the region. For a complete list of services, visit our website at