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WRHS Foundation surpasses $364,000 raised for new Lemmon Dacotah Clinic

West River Health Services Foundation, the nonprofit fundraising and development arm of Western Dakota’s healthcare leaders, West River Health Services and Western Horizons Living Centers, has raised $364,009 for their new $1.5 Million WRHS Lemmon Dacotah Clinic on Main Street in Lemmon, South Dakota. The fundraising goal was set at $300,000 last November, 2018. By May, 2019, a short six months into the campaign, the Greater Lemmon Area Community came together as one TEAM and surpassed the $300K goal.

Back in late October, 2018, the WRHS Board of Directors awarded the $1.5 Million New WRHS Lemmon Clinic Project to Doug Peterson & Associates, Lemmon, SD. He gathered his TEAM of local subcontractors, including Stock’s Electric, B & C Plumbing, Custom 101 Construction, Olson’s Carpet & Furniture, Northwest Supply and others (all local Lemmon area businesses), and they began gutting and eventually renovating the former IGA Grocery Store on Lemmon’s Main Street into a state-of-the-art healthcare clinic.

For many years, West River Health Services had leased a cramped and dated clinic facility from Five Counties Nursing Home in Lemmon. With very little privacy in exam rooms, limited wheelchair accessibility and only side-street parking, the board decided to look into other options. Following a search of possible locations, numerous community meetings, and a few rough estimates of building new versus renovating an existing building, it was decided to purchase the IGA Grocery Store on Main Street and renovate it into a top shelf, 21st Century healthcare clinic.

Lemmon’s Dacotah Bank sparked the fundraising campaign with a huge pledge of $100,000, which included naming rights for the New WRHS Lemmon Dacotah Clinic. With a planned “Room Sponsorship Program” in place, the gifts came into the WRHS Foundation fast and furious. Longtime Lemmon Area supporters Don & Marianne Beeler and West River Cooperative Telephone Company each joined the TEAM with $25,000 gifts. Former Lemmon High graduate Doug Shortridge stepped up with $50,000 and the R.B. & Frances Wheeler Trust gifted $20,000! Through today, the New Clinic has received seven $10,000 gifts; four $5,000 gifts; twenty-five $1,000 gifts; and 142 gifts of $100-$500!

After a smooth move and transition from its former home, the New WRHS Lemmon Dacotah Clinic opened its doors at its new 411 Main Avenue address to its patients on Tuesday, August 13th. The new clinic is easily accessible via Main Street in Lemmon with a huge parking lot, welcoming Front Lobby and Registration Desk, seven spacious exam rooms, two useful procedure rooms, two behavioral health patient rooms with one-way windows, and separate spacious rooms for Laboratory, Radiology and a Private Blood Draw/Infusion Room. There are also separate offices for the Clinic Manager, Visiting Physicians, Visiting Nurse, a Charting Room, Nurses Storage, Housekeeping, Mechanical and Supply Rooms. There’s even an Employee Break Room (for the few breaks that become available when we aren’t serving our patients!)

The “Last Call To Get On The Wall” of the New Lemmon Dacotah Clinic Donor Board for the Front Lobby, has been made for August 30th, when the list of over 180 donors who have given $100 or more, will be sent to the engravers for creation. The last few weeks have witnessed a fast and furious charge to be part of this momentous occasion. Of course, all gifts will be accepted at the West River Health Services Foundation, regardless of the timing or the amount. We are grateful. If you have any questions about the New West River Health Services Lemmon Dacotah Clinic Fundraising Campaign, please contact Ted Uecker at 701-567-3666 or at fdo@wrhs.com. Gifts are accepted daily via our website at wrhs.com/giving/click to bid. Or gifts can be sent via mail to WRHSF, 1000 Highway 12, Hettinger, ND, 58639. Onward!

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