Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers is recovering from successful quintuple bypass heart surgery. His doctors expect him to make a full recovery and to release him the week of Feb. 7.
The mayor had the surgery on Feb. 4 after being admitted to St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center on Feb. 1, following a visit to a local urgent care.
In the meantime, Vice Mayor Ian Hugh, will continue to fill in as dictated by the city charter, to ensure smooth city operations.
“I can’t thank everyone enough for all the messages to both Sandy and I, wishing me all the best throughout this tough situation,” Weiers said.
“I am also grateful for the surgeons and medical staff here, as they have done an excellent job every step of the way.”
City Manager Kevin Phelps and the mayor’s office staff have been in regular communication with Weiers since he sought medical help.
After visiting the urgent care, it took time to find a hospital that had the necessary resources to help him, as well as the capacity to accept him.
“I have witnessed firsthand the conditions our health care workers are working in due to the pandemic, and I can’t thank them enough for their dedication and commitment to our communities,” he said.
Weiers reiterates his request to the public that they do their part in keeping everyone safe.
“Since I first issued my emergency proclamation due to COVID-19, I have emphasized nonstop the importance of wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing and getting vaccinated when it becomes available to you,” Weiers said.
“I continue to stress how these simple and easy efforts allow our hospitals to focus on providing necessary medical care to those that need it, when they need it.”
The mayor was re-elected to a third four-year term in August and was sworn in virtually on Dec. 8.
In 2021, Weiers celebrates 35 years as a cancer survivor.