Officials at Madison Community Hospital have decided to reschedule next week's groundbreaking ceremony for the new hospital facility located on the south side of Madison due to the death of Dr. Richard Sample.
The groundbreaking was moved to 5 p.m. next Thursday.
Sample had served as the president of Interlakes Medical Center in Madison and was a past president of the medical staff at Madison Community Hospital.
Carol Kleibacker, MCH special projects coordinator, said the entire hospital would feel the absence of Sample, a physician who had started his medical practice many years ago in Madison after completing his residency in Sioux Falls.
"All of the hospital staff is saddened by his loss," Kleibacker said. "Dr. Sample was known for his kind, caring attitude to his patients and co-workers."
According to Kleibacker, Sample was a positive influence among his associates and "very well-respected in the community."
Sample was certified in family medicine and geriatrics and was also a registered pharmacist. He also assisted in the education of many medical students and residents. In addition, Sample mentored emergency medical technicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioner students.
Lois Niedert, an MCH board of trustees member, said that Sample had served as an effective advocate for the Madison hospital and the facility's service to the community.
"He and other doctors were continually active in recruiting other physicians to practice in our community," Niedert said. "He was also very supportive and helpful to medical students who came to the Madison hospital as part of their medical school education."
Sample was a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and was named South Dakota Academy of Family Physicians' Family Doctor of the Year for 2013.