Ground broken for new hospital; DSU to buy old hospital for $1.6 million
By JANE UTECHT, Staff Reporter
After four years of brainstorming, planning and working, Madison Community Hospital CEO Tammy Miller put everybody's wishes into words Thursday: "Let's get this show on the road."|
With that, Miller and the Board of Trustees grabbed their golden shovels and turned over the dirt at the new hospital and clinic site.
Well over 100 people gathered by the soybean field on the south edge of Madison to watch the groundbreaking event and listen to eight officials and dignitaries wish the project well.
"This is a fantastic time to be a part of Madison," said Mayor Roy Lindsay.
County Commission Chairman Scott Pedersen said that although some people thought this might not happen, "This will be the first groundbreaking of many that will be a result of what's going on today. The momentum is on Lake County's side."
Also speaking were medical staff president Dr. Aaron Prestbo; lenders Bob Madsen with Ag Star, Jon Knuths of First Bank & Trust, and Andy McKay of Farm Credit Services, a division of CoBank; and Kent Larson with the engineering firm TSP.
Larson said this was a bold step but a great step.
Many thanks were expressed by the speakers, including Miller. "I can't thank the board, the staff and the physicians enough," she said, adding that there were numerous others as well. "If you worked on this, know your part is recognized."
One contributor she highlighted was the Schultz family, on whose land the new hospital and clinic will be built.
"Without their vision, this would probably not be possible," she said. "The Schultz family made this possible for us." Ray and Marlys Schultz and their son Terry and his family were present to watch the event.
Also attending were many community members, such as Geraldine and Milton Persoon. Geraldine said, "We've been waiting for this for a long time."
Chamber of Commerce Director Rosie Jamison quoted results of a recent survey that showed 73 percent of area residents regularly purchase health care in Madison; 89 percent want to have their health care available in Madison.
The new facility hopes to provide that with the facets of care they have offered for more than 100 years, as well as new features, including MRI, an expanded emergency room, surgical and same-day surgery departments.
"We're happy to have this done," said Persoon.
Dirt work will begin Monday, and the hospital hopes to have a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the new facility in the summer of 2015.
The old clinic and hospital, which sit just to the north of Dakota State University, will be purchased by DSU for $1.6 million, said President David Borofsky. The exact use is yet to be determined, but Borofsky has space planners looking at the facility to help determine its best use. The university expects to begin renovations in 2015 and open the new facility in the summer of 2016.
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