The town of Madison is getting a new hospital. Crews had planned to break ground on Tuesday, but it was postponed because a long-time doctor in Madison passed away this week from cancer. So instead of celebrating, the town is now remembering a man who took care of so many in the community.
Dr. Richard Sample was a senior member of the medical staff at the Madison Community Hospital.
Not only did he care for hundreds of patients in this area, he made sure people would have quality care for years to come with a brand-new hospital.
"Dr. Sample was very much in favor of this new facility. He had worked with us from the very beginning on planning for it and we definitely and sincerely miss Dr. Sample's leadership," Chief Executive Officer Tammy Miller said.
The current hospital, where Sample treated so many, has provided care to the surrounding community for more than 100 years. The new $37-million facility will span 100,000 square feet and sit on a 22-acre site south of Madison. The new hospital will also provide jobs for more than 160 people.
"It'll completely change their working environment. We will have more space to do the things that are important to us, in outpatient care, operating room, surgery, and inpatient care as well," Miller said.
If it's important to the hospital, it was also important to Dr. Sample, which is why officials agreed to postpone Tuesday's groundbreaking.
"He was a pivotal part of our organization. We felt out of respect for him and his employees and also our hospital team as well that it would be best to postponed the groundbreaking to allow everyone a chance to get through that," Miller said.
Sample was 64.
The groundbreaking for the new hospital will take place this Thursday with a completion date sometime in 2015. Dakota State University plans to take over the old facility, which is near the campus.