History repeats itself, as the saying goes. It was 70 years ago this summer that construction began on the community hospital that would become Winner Regional Healthcare Center. Seventy years later, construction equipment and shovels will once again break ground and take a monumental step towards the next phase of Winner Regional’s history.
With all of the necessary approvals to start construction having been granted, Winner Regional CEO Kevin Coffey indicated the timing is very beneficial. “We are so pleased to have gotten the go-ahead this early in September, as it means we can break ground yet this fall and start construction before the winter weather sets in.”
Preparatory construction work will begin immediately and an exact date for the community groundbreaking celebration will be announced as soon as possible.
Plans include 28,000 square feet of new construction, along with 16,000 square feet of major renovation work. All hospital services will continue to be operational throughout the course of construction. Continual construction updates will be provided to staff and the community in an effort to minimize the impact on patients and staff.
Along with the low interest community facilities loan from USDA, the project has been funded the previous gift of $3 million from the late John and Raymond Erickson brothers, a 10 year $1 million donation from Sanford Health, as well as $3 million in local philanthropic donations. Dr. Tony Berg is serving as Chair of the fundraising campaign and initial efforts have brought in over $1.3 million in donations and pledges. Co-Chair and Foundation Director Jody Engel strongly encourages residents to consider a donation, “Your gracious gift to Winner Regional today, is truly an investment in our community for tomorrow.”
If you have questions on the building project or would like to make a donation, please contact Foundation Director Jody Engel at (605) 842-7231.