Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
December 9, 2011
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is Held
Thirteen months after gripping golden shovels to break ground on a $6.6 million new construction and renovation project, Minnesota Valley Health Center dignitaries gripped golden scissors in a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, November 18, 2011.
Le Sueur's mayor Bob Oberle proclaimed November 18th as MVHC Day in Le Sueur and Randy Baum, President of the Hospital Board of Directors, set the tone for the day by saying: "Today we honor the past, celebrate today and enthusiastically plan for the future."
Once inside the new healthcare campus entryway, guests were escorted to the new lower level conference rooms where a heartfelt program took place. Abigail Dawson, the granddaughter of Allen Cords, the mayor of Le Sueur when plans for a hospital were first initiated in 1956, read from a letter penned by Cords. It outlined not only the challenges, but also the hard work and achievements of many in the community. Minnesota Valley Memorial Hospital was completed in 1959.
Today, the Minnesota Valley Health Center, a member of Essentia Health's Critical Access Hospital Group, includes a short-term and long-term skilled nursing facility, an independent living apartment annex, an Adult Day Health Center, a Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy department, radiology and laboratory suites, an outpatient specialty clinic, and a new comprehensive Emergency Services area adjacent to the helipad.
The Ribbon Cutting Program included remarks by Trish Townsdin, MVHC CEO/President.
"Our new and transformed healthcare campus embodies Essentia Health's mission to make a healthy difference in people's lives," Townsdin said. "We continually strive to provide community-based healthcare in an environment that fosters dignity, respect and excellence."