Photo by Lorie Palmer
Fran Soltman cuts the ribbon at the Syringa Hospital renovation open house May 3, as board chair Craig Spencer looks on. This took place at the main entrance of the hospital.
As of Tuesday, May 10, 2016
GRANGEVILLE Syringa Hospital began in 1939 with the vision of many volunteers and $22,000. Last week, the now-multi-million dollar facility welcomed the public to an open house for its newly remodeled reception and clinic area, among other rooms and renovations.
About 100 people attended the ribbon cutting ceremony May 3.
Hospital chairman Craig Spencer talked about the Orrin and Eleanora Webb estate funds left to the hospital — $1.3 million – but also discussed the family’s philanthropy when they were alive.
“Several rooms here were built with Webb money,” he said.
Spencer said the mission of Syringa has always been to offer “quality, affordable health care locally.”
“We have had excellent doctors and staff throughout the years, and two of those physicians in our community were Dr. Soltman and Dr. Hollopeter who really set the community’s standards for health care,” he said.
Construction project coordinator Bill Spencer thanked all the contractors and sub-contractors who worked on the project thus far and acknowledged many will continue on the next phases. Architect Rhonda Wemhoff of Cottonwood has provided the architectural plans.
“I really want to thank the staff and physicians and patrons for working around the construction,” Bill added.
CEO Joe Cladouhos added the renovation was not started without a great deal of thought and consideration.
“This goes back more than six years in making the master plan,” he said.
He said many mechanical and electrical issues have been addressed, as well as needed asbestos removal.
Cladouhos also said he is excited not only about the hospital’s history, but also about where it is going.
“Last year we had a historical highest grossing revenue ever,” he said. “There has been tremendous growth.”
This fall, work will continue to add a pharmacy and seven examination rooms. Funds for projects have been made available through budgeting, donations, the Webb funds and grants.
Fran Soltman, wife of the late Dr. Jack Soltman, cut the ribbon on the new entrance opening.
“They said I didn’t have to talk – but they don’t know how hard it is for a woman to do that,” she laughed. “I am so proud of my husband, and all our babies were born right here in this hospital.”
Attendees enjoyed tours of the new areas, highlights of which were carvings out of pieces of the maple tree and local art. This tree in front of the entrance was removed and the panel carvings completed by Alvin McCoy and Sons. Framed photographs and art by Idaho County residents also line the halls of the hospital.