July/August 2007

Oakes Community Hospital Opens New Facility


07-07Oakes

Cutting the ribbon at the dedication and blessing of the new Oakes Community Hospital, Oakes, N.D., were Garry Opp, mayor of Oakes; Rose Sell, chair of the hospital board; Pam Gulleson, state representative; Sister Donna Weldner; the Most Rev. Samuel J. Aquila, DD, bishop of the Diocese of Fargo; Don Kapfer, executive vice president of the hospital; Larry Schulz, senior vice president of operations for Catholic Health Initiatives; Rup Nagala, MD; Vani Nagala, MD; and Rick Failing, president and chief executive officer of the hospital.

A dedication and blessing ceremony for the new Oakes Community Hospital, Oakes, N.D., was held June 3, and the hospital officially welcomed its first patients on June 19. The new, 20-bed facility replaces a facility that provided patient care for more than 50 years. Speakers at the ceremony included Bishop Samuel Aquila of the Diocese of Fargo; John Hoeven, governor of North Dakota; Larry Schulz, senior vice president of operations for Catholic Health Initiatives, and many community leaders. Residents of Oakes and the surrounding communities raised more than $1.4 million for the $10.4 million project. Individual contributions also provided furnishings for the hospital’s St. Francis Chapel. The design of the 35,000 square-foot critical access hospital uses the theme of “wind,” reflected in curves, a warm color palate and photos of nature. The hospital includes a surgery suite with a ceiling boom system, computed radiography and PACS systems, a labor/delivery/recovery/
postpartum suite, an enclosed ambulance bay for emergency arrivals and swing-bed assistance.