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MeritCare Marks End of Centennial Celebration with Closing Ceremonies

MeritCare will hold closing ceremonies for its centennial celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 25. For the last 12 months, MeritCare has honored its past and future with the centennial theme "Lighting the Way" through the publication of a centennial book, the St. Luke's School of Nursing reunion, a historic display and a community rededication and healing hands event that took place Feb. 25, 2008. This date is known as "Founder's Day" and marks the opening of St. Luke's Hospital in 1908, which later became MeritCare Health System.

MeritCare will hold closing ceremonies for its centennial celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 25. For the last 12 months, MeritCare has honored its past and future with the centennial theme "Lighting the Way" through the publication of a centennial book, the St. Luke's School of Nursing reunion, a historic display and a community rededication and healing hands event that took place Feb. 25, 2008. This date is known as "Founder's Day" and marks the opening of St. Luke's Hospital in 1908, which later became MeritCare Health System.

EVENT DETAILS

Closing ceremony: 12:30-1:30 p.m., MeritCare Hospital, 801 Broadway N., auditorium

  • Dr. Gilbertson, MeritCare president and CEO, will give an address.

  • A time-capsule will be sealed by this year's Children's Miracle Network champion Matthew Garberg of Moorhead, Minn.

  • Unveiling of the eternal flame, an outdoor sculpture in MeritCare's healing garden. Please note, photos of the unveiled eternal flame will be shown at the event.


  • Lighting Ceremony: 5:30-6 p.m., MeritCare Hospital, 801 Broadway N., main entrance and healing garden. Lighting of the eternal flame.

    • Dr. Gilbertson will give an address.

    • Dan Hannaher, past chair of MeritCare Foundation Board of Directors, will give an address.


    Additional information:

    • The eternal flame is intended to honor those that have come before and those that continue to give of themselves in support of MeritCare. It will serve as a reminder of MeritCare's commitment to patients and exceptional health care.

    • The eternal flame was designed by MeritCare employee, Matt Thompson, and built by Standard Industries.

    • LThe eternal flame is a special gift from the family, friends and colleagues of Carol Hinz, R.N., with additional support from the MeritCare Endowment Fund.