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Op-por-TU-ni-ty: n., 1. A favorable or promising combination of circumstances.

We have a tremendous opportunity before us that will transform health care in our communities.

In recent years, we have witnessed tremendous growth in Mitchell County Regional Health Center services. This growth will continue to increase as the baby boom generation ages and requires more outpatient services.

The projected growth led the hospital’s Board of Trustees to authorize a plan to add clinic space and expand physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech and cardiac rehab areas.

On August 28, we were pleased to welcome more than 250 area residents to an open house tour of the new clinic addition at MCRHC. The two-story addition is the focal point of a $12.5 million renovation and expansion project that includes additional aspects still under way, such as a new helipad and a larger rehabilitation services area.

Together, the three of us are chairing the “Rise Up” campaign to raise $2 million of the construction costs. The timing is right in terms of competitive construction costs and financing. We have already seen how this makes the hospital attractive to new providers. The success of the fundraising campaign to help finance the project depends on the support of the entire Mitchell County area and taxes will not be raised to pay for this project.

Thank you to everyone who attended the open house. We hope everyone can attend future events at the hospital as construction continues. If you would like to learn more about how you can support this opportunity or see the progress in person, please contact any of us or Kara Naig, Senior Director of Public Relations and Foundation at MCRHC. When we all give, we will all benefit.

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