Hospital celebrates 10-year anniversary

Hospital celebrates 10-year anniversary The Builders Club of the Dakota Hospital Association & Foundation and Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center invite all residents of the Vermillion area to join in celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Vermillion's new hospital facilities at 20 S. Plum Street in Vermillion on Wednesday, June 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be a brief program at 6 p.m. led by Steve Smith, CEO.

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the new state-of-the-art hospital facilities then called Dakota Medical Center built through the support of the citizens of Vermillion took place on June 30, 1993.

In 1990, the citizens of Vermillion passed a referendum supporting building the new hospital with a special one percent city sales tax to provide $1.7 million of the $4.4 million project.

The ground breaking for that project took place in April 1992 with completion of the facility in June 1993. Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center is very excited to be celebrating the 10-year anniversary of this important milestone in Vermillion's health care history.

"When we came here in 1977, we were promised a new hospital. Remember that Bill?" asked Dr. Tom Olson at the 1993 ceremony, referring to Dr. Bill Dendinger, who joined the staff at the same time. "We never once lost sight or hope of that dream. Well, almost never. Nobody ever really gave up on it. The committees worked hard and the community has come behind that effort."

The ribbon-cutting event was crowded with several hundred community members anxious to tour the new facilities and witness the beginning of a new era for health services in Vermillion.

"Although these facilities are now 10-years old, this remains a state-of-the-art health care facility for Vermillion providing quality care that our resident's can be proud of. I invite you all to come celebrate this occasion with us," said Steve Smith, CEO, Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center.

For more information about the event, please contact Mary Merrigan, director of public relations at (605) 624-2611, ext. 461.

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