By investing in Renville County Hospital, Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative is committed to directly impacting the quality of care for our community members, shareholders and employees. Today, SMBSC had the privilege to see the progress made on the new RC Hospital.

With a mix of private support from businesses including hospitalSMBSC, RC Hospital will enjoy several new patient-friendly improvements, which will keep our friends, family members and employees closer to home. Pictured is SMBSC CEO, Kelvin Thompsen, presenting RC Hospital Capital Campaign Chair, Dr. Kathryn Kelly, with a financial contribution for two separate projects.

The first project, a garden at the southeast end of the new state-of-the-art facility, will benefit the entire circle of life. Patients from the Hospice rooms as well as patients in the obstetrics room will be able to enjoy beautiful flowers and plants, creating a peaceful ambiance welcoming new life while honoring the lives of those who are passing.

The second project is for new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) equipment. This MRI will allow physicians to diagnose and monitor treatments for a variety of medical conditions, including abnormalities of the brain and spinal cord; tumors, cysts and other deviations in various parts of the body including joints, liver and other organs. This additional service will create a broad spectrum of services to enhance our communities’ health.

According to Thompsen, “SMBSC is proud to be a partner in providing quality healthcare in our backyard. The efficiencies and work flow created in this new facility will afford a patient experience that eases patient tension while reducing wait times, which will benefit everyone in our surrounding area.”

Others featured in the photograph (from left to right) include: Kathy Brunner, Pam Dettman, Nathan Blad, Dr. Kathryn Kelly, Kelvin Thompsen, Carol Maurice and Randy Kramer.