July/August 2006

Ground Breaking Held in Oakes


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The ground breaking ceremony for the new Oakes Community Hospital was attended by (from left) Diane Traffas, OP, vice president of mission, Catholic Health Initiatives; Rose Sell, chair of the board of Oakes Community Hospital; Brad Burris, president and chief executive officer, Oakes Community Hospital; Tim Forward, vice chair of the board of Oakes Community Hospital; and Bernie Vculek, a member of the Oakes community who donated land for the new hospital.

Oakes Community Hospital, Oakes, N.D., broke ground on May 19 for a 35,000-square-foot replacement hospital, scheduled for completion in fall 2007. Hospital employees, community members, community leaders and representatives from the offices of U.S. Senators Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan attended the ceremony. A community fund drive obtained $1.2 million in pledges for the $9.8 million hospital. For more information, contact Brad Burris, president and chief executive officer of Oakes Community Hospital, at bradburris@catholichealth.net.