Nearly three years ago, West River Health Services began looking into the possibility of building and owning a new healthcare clinic in Lemmon, South Dakota. After all, outside of the Hettinger Clinic, Lemmon has been the largest and fastest growing satellite clinic in the WRHS healthcare system.
Once the IGA Grocery Store left their building on Main Street and headed for new digs on Highway 12 about a year ago, West River inquired more seriously. This is a terrific location right on Main Street, with a huge building and a sizeable cement parking lot. After numerous board of director meetings, community visits, town hall discussions, amazing legwork by Anthony Larson and Joan Pelkofer, and actual building creation the last seven months by Doug Peterson & Associates and a TEAM of local contractors, that dream is about to become reality. To celebrate this milestone achievement, the New West River Health Services Lemmon Dacotah Clinic is hosting an Open House on Saturday, July 13th, from 11:30am to 3:00pm, following the Annual Boss Cowman Parade.
Everyone is welcome to attend this Open House event. There will be employee-guided tours of the New Clinic, 1,000 FREE Schwan’s ice cream treats, cases of FREE cold ice water, and FREE blood pressure and blood sugar screenings. Plus, there will be “live” local musicians for you to enjoy – inside and out! Youth sensation Dillon Reede will provide soothing piano music within the clinic and Colton Damjanovich is working hard to round up local musicians for entertainment outside. We guarantee this will be one event you’ll want to attend!
This New WRHS Lemmon Dacotah Clinic will address each of the issues with the former leased healthcare clinic, including improvements such as: 100% patient privacy, 100% wheelchair accessibility, 35 parking spots for patients/employees, and overall, more space in general for patients, physicians and employees. Plus, there will be a separate exit available for behavioral health patients if needed. And who knows what else could happen within this amazing new facility in the future, as there is plenty of room upstairs.
Back in late October, 2018, DP & Associates were selected as the lead contractor and received their contract from the WRHS Board of Directors to move forward with the project. They began working immediately with local subcontractors Stock’s Electric, B & C Plumbing, Custom 101 Construction and more. They completely gutted the former IGA Grocery Store and have since built a state-of-the-art healthcare clinic for our area community. Although there are a few minor projects remaining within the new clinic, the end is in sight. And by having local contractors doing the work, they’ll be able to finish the necessary projects quickly.
With this $1.5 million project moving forward, a goal was set at $300,000 for the New Lemmon Clinic’s fundraising campaign. It was put into action by the WRHS Foundation in November, 2018. The Foundation’s Fund Development Officer, Ted Uecker, and WRHS CEO, Matt Shahan, met with Dacotah Bank first. After visiting about the possibility of naming rights and pondering the idea for a week or so, Dacotah Bank decided to join our TEAM as the lead sponsor with a $100,000 pledge gift over five years, which includes naming rights for the New WRHS Lemmon Dacotah Clinic. Shortly thereafter, Lemmon High alumni Don & Marianne Beeler and Doug Shortridge joined the campaign with $25,000 and $50,000 gifts. Now our goal of $300,000 didn’t seem so far off, once we had secured these three magnificent contributions. Since the very beginning, the campaign has been steadily adding donors to this endeavor. In less than five months, the $300,000 goal had been surpassed. These efforts included a $25,000 gift from West River Cooperative Telephone Company in Bison; a $20,000 pledge from the Wheeler Trust; and six,terrific $10,000 gifts/pledgeseach from Anthony & Jodi Larson Family, Chuck & Kerry Christman Family, Eldon & Mary Jean Jensen Family, Dr. Josh & Dr. Carrie Ranum Family, Dakota Plains Federal Credit Union and CHS I Southwest Grain. We also were fortunate to receive amazing $5,000 gifts from the Hetzel family, David S. Anderson, the Lemmon Area Foundation, and the team of Stock’s Electric and B & C Plumbing. Plus, we had 21 businesses, organizations and families gift $1,000 or more! Each of the afore mentioned will be recognized on the New Lemmon Clinic Donor Board, as well as on sponsorship signage outside each Clinic room. In addition, anyone who gives $100 or more to the Campaign will be recognized on the New Lemmon Clinic Donor Board as well.
Of course every gift, no matter the size, is most appreciated. In fact, the local Modern Woodmen Lemmon Chapter has recently joined the New WRHS Lemmon Dacotah Clinic campaign with $2,500 in Matching Funds. Therefore, we are hoping to raise $2,500 or more at our Open House on July 13th, so we can receive the match. With the $5,000 total, we will be purchasing a new microscope, new automatic blood pressure cuffs, and two new wheelchairs for the new Clinic! If you’d like to join our TEAM and be part of the match, please attend our Open House on July 13th or if you can’t attend, you can always mail gifts to West River Health Services Foundation, Attention: Ted Uecker, 1000 Highway 12, Hettinger, ND, 58639. Please write all checks to “WRHSF” and in the memo section, “New Lemmon Clinic.” We are grateful.
Thank you so much to our current list of 147 contributors. So far, as a TEAM, we have raised $335,016! And Special Thanks to our local contractor and subcontractors. TOGETHER we have created a top-notch healthcare facility for the future good health of Lemmon and the surrounding area. Onward!