The morning’s storm gave way to a glorious afternoon to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new Allen County Hospital on Monday, May 7, 2012. Cris Rivera, CEO at Allen County Hospital, welcomed about 150 people at the site on North Kentucky Street in Iola, Kansas. The voters overwhelmingly approved a $30 million bond issuance to finance the hospital project plus a quarter cent sales tax.

“We continue to believe the hospital will be sound enough to finance the bonds and not go onto the tax rolls for operations,” said Harry Lee, chairman of the new hospital board.

Pictured (left to right): Larry Peterson, CFO, Mel Lagarde, MidAmerica Division President, Cris Rivera, CEO, and Patty McGuffin, CNO.

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