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Groundbreaking held - shovels and hard hats make it official

Hospital news | Thursday, June 13, 2013

Contact: Sasha Dull

Nearly 200 attend groundbreaking ceremony for regional center for health

After several years and hundreds of hours of planning, official groundbreaking ceremonies were held at the site of the new Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital on Monday afternoon, June 10. Nearly 200 people attended the ceremony at the site of the new facility, located on U.S. Hwy 18 across from the Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport.

Hospital Board President Paul Ginkel served as master of ceremonies. He welcomed and recognized state and local officials, PdC Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, Foundation Board, Partners, hospital employees, and special guests. Ginkel said, “This is a very joyous occasion. Like leaders and builders before us, the project that we are celebrating today has required leadership, foresight, strategic planning and philanthropy.”

Bill Sexton, Chief Executive Officer shared, “This day marks the beginning of a new era in health care for the communities that surround this area. But this is but one chapter in the history of an organization that has provided care for more than half a century.” In closing, Sexton remarked, “May all who stand with us today know that they are making a difference for future generations and continuing the legacy of excellence in medicine for this century and for the generations to come.”

Following the groundbreaking, Congressman Ron Kind expressed his appreciation to being part of the day’s events and congratulated everyone involved with the project. He said, “This building is only as good as the people that are going to be working in it, and we have been very blessed and fortunate to have the quality of healthcare and type of professionalism and dedication that is seen at Prairie Memorial throughout all the years…I am not surprised that Prairie Memorial is among the top 100 critical access hospitals throughout this entire nation.” He also praised the architects and contractors for their work, and the USDA for financial loan support.

Also in attendance were Representative Lee Nerison and USDA State Director Stan Grunzynski who both addressed attendees and congratulated the residents of Prairie du Chien and surrounding area on the construction of the new health facility.

More information and progress updates on the region’s new health facility are available at