Dr. Kate Memorial Park Celebration Planned for July 28, 2012

(Woodruff, WI) – Leaders at Howard Young Medical Center (HYMC) have announced plans to hold a dedication and blessing to honor the new Dr. Kate Memorial Park. The park is located on the site of the former Lakeland Memorial Hospital in Woodruff.

Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. has been identified as the date for the ceremony which will be held near the gazebo entrance of Dr. Kate Memorial Park. Refreshments will be available at 10:30 a.m. with the dedication scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. The dedication will include remarks from individuals who played a role in Lakeland Memorial, the million penny drive, and Dr. Kate’s life. A short walk to the world’s largest penny and Dr. Kate Museum will follow. The museum will remain open until 2:30 p.m.

According to Laurie Oungst, vice president Ministry Howard Young Health Care, “Work on Dr. Kate Memorial Park is nearing completion and we want to provide an opportunity for those who feel a connection to Dr. Kate Pelham Newcomb, and the original hospital, to participate in a celebration of its history.”

The original 1952 corner stone and sections of the original brick from the former Lakeland Memorial Hospital were used in the pillars which stand at the entrance of the park.

“Community members have been part of creating what will stand to represent a special time in our community’s history – a reflection of Dr. Kate Pelham Newcomb and the community’s efforts to establish Lakeland Memorial Hospital. We value the history of Dr. Kate Pelham Newcomb and wanted to give those who knew her, and worked side by side with her, the opportunity to be part of the celebration, added Oungst.”

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