July/August 2007

St. Joseph’s Area Health Services Breaks Ground for Expansion


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The long line of participants reflects the cooperation and community support that characterized the groundbreaking ceremony for an expansion of St. Joseph’s Area Health Services, Park Rapids, Minn.

St. Joseph’s Area Health Services, Park Rapids, Minn., along with Dakota Clinic, broke ground on June 5 for a $26 million renovation and expansion project. Ben Koppelman, president and chief executive officer of St. Joseph’s, said the ceremony celebrated the visibility of a new era on the St. Joseph’s campus. The project will enable St. Joseph’s and Dakota Clinic to provide medical services under one roof, in a more cost-effective manner and in a patient-friendly environment. Other speakers at the event, which thanked community members for their support, included Helen Keezer, chair of the St. Joseph’s Board; Larry Leadbetter, MD, medical director for Dakota Clinic; Mark Schick, chair of the St. Joseph’s Foundation Board; and Larry Solberg, chief executive officer of Dakota Clinic and Innovis Health, Fargo, N.D. For more information, contact Cynthia Rooney of St. Joseph’s at cynthiarooney@catholichealth.net.