Only eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Michael Cogliano Sr. accepted a challenging leadership position in our community as president of Gettysburg WellSpan Hospital.
Cogliano is a community man who can be spotted frying Oreos at Biglerville High School football games and who will strut his stuff on the Majestic Theater stage in January during the Dancing with the Local Stars show which supports the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County and the Adams County Arts Council.
He has held several positions throughout his 24-year WellSpan career, including vice president of operations, administer of clinical operations, administrative director of surgical and emergency services, supervisor of cardiac catheterization lab, and invasive cardiovascular technologist.
Cogliano recently sat down with the Connection to discuss COVID-19, monkeypox, telehealth and other relevant topics for this month’s Connection Podcast.
“The past winter and spring were very challenging for everyone here,” Cogliano said. “I think we recovered well from the surge; however, the hospital has remained busy throughout the summer just with fewer COVID-19 patients.”
Cogliano and his staff are excited to return to community activities. The hospital president recently chaired the American Heart Association Heart Walk, which raised about $100,000.
Cogliano warns residents that even though the severity of COVID cases has lessened, the virus is still a concern. “I would encourage us all to continue the same precautions we are accustomed to,” he said.
Cogliano stressed COVID-19 and flu vaccines and the latest boosters are the best methods to prevent infection and illness.
The hospital president said other health concerns, including mental health, are a big focus for WellSpan. He encouraged patients to use My Wellspan at www.wellspan.org to keep track of health records and make appointments. Cogliano is a user himself and trusts the site is a safe way to store sensitive information.
Learn more about WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital by listening to the entire 17-minute interview with Cogliano.