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St. Joseph's, Innovis Health host open house, dedicate chapel

Park Rapids Area Chamber Ambassadors marked the open house occasion with an official ribbon cutting ceremony. Front, from left: Chamber representatives Lezli Zimmerman, Sue Tomte and Andrea Frank; Laurie Albertson, Innovis Health Park Rapids Division Manager; Loretta Nil-son (with scissors), Innovis Health employee representative; Sonda Tolle, St. Joseph's Area Health Services employee representative; Tom Miller, St. Joseph's Board Chairman; Ben Koppelman, St. Joseph's Presi-dent/CEO; Luke Larson, repres...1 / 2
Dr. Paul Grimes, one of the first physicians to establish a clinical practice in Park Rapids, offered a few words on the history of the clinic as well as the necessity of maintaining a prosperous healthcare system in the Park Rapids service region. Looking on were Fr. Duane Pribula, Fr. Tom Freidl and Chaplain Randy Hachfeld. (Ann Erickson / Enterprise)2 / 2

Hundreds of visitors filed through St. Joseph's Area Health Services and Innovis Health Park Rapids during an open house Sunday. Employees led tours throughout the facilities, allowing guests to view the new spaces and departments up close.

Official services marked the near-completion of the $26 million new building and renovation project.

The late Sister Margaret Smith's next of kin revealed photographs to mark the newly dedicated Sister Margaret Smith Chapel. Sister Margaret gave 62 years of service to St. Joseph's starting from the day the doors opened in 1946 until her retirement in 2008. She died April 19.

Sister Margaret's sister, Louise Kubarek, was on hand for the unveiling along with her daughter, Patti Cooke (Sister Margaret's niece). Other relatives received places of honor as they took in the dedication.