New Medical Leadership at Wayne Memorial

(Honesdale, October 28, 2021)…Wayne Memorial Hospital’s long-serving Medical Chief of Staff, William R. Dewar III, MD, stepped down last night and handed the reins over to Sean McVeigh, MD, FCCP, FACP. Dr. Dewar, an internal medicine specialist, had been the Chief from 2012 – 2021.  He said it was “an honor and a privilege to serve the hospital, medical community and by extension all of our patients.”

Dr. McVeigh, a board-certified pulmonologist, is also head of the hospital’s COVID Medical Task Force and has been acclaimed by many staffers as a “calming, informed, skilled presence” since the pandemic began. Dr. McVeigh earned his undergraduate degree and a Master’s in Biochemistry at the University of Scranton, before going on to medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. He has been practicing medicine since 1997.

A former tank commander and Officer School graduate while serving in the Army National Guard, Dr. McVeigh joined active duty and complete his internship and residency in internal medicine at Walter Reed Army Center in Washington, D.C., where he attained the rank of Major. This was followed by a fellowship in pulmonary and sleep medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas. He is currently the medical director of Intensive Care Services, Respiratory Care, and Sleep Medicine Services at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Dr. McVeigh joined the WMH Administration in thanking Dr. Dewar for his years of service and said he looked forward to carrying on the traditions of his predecessor and those before him.

“I’ve been at Wayne Memorial since 2005,” said Dr. McVeigh, who from 2008-2010 was president of the medical staff, “I’ve worked with many providers here over the years and my hope is that we will continue to work as a team, offering the best quality of care possible to our community.”

“Dr. Dewar was asked to serve as Chief of the Medical Staff after the passing of Dr. George Tietjen, a dark moment in our hospital’s history,” said David L. Hoff, WMH CEO, “and we are most appreciative of all that he has done for the hospital family.   He has always been here to help resolve any clinical issue that we ask his support on.  In addition, I am very pleased that Dr. McVeigh, a physician that I was personally involved in recruiting to our community, will take over for Bill.   Sean will do a great job.”

Photo, left to right: David Hoff, Dr. Dewar, Dr. McVeigh, WMH& Health System Board Chair Hugh Rechner.