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A giant ‘Thank You’ to Dan Odegaard

The article in the Grand Rapids Harold Review, published on Sunday, Sept. 14, regarding the many accomplishments of Mr. Odegaard was well versed, precise, and just what I needed to see.

Dan Odegaard, former CEO of the Bigfork Valley Hospital, was a visionary who moved ahead with his dream of what we, in Bigfork, now see as a reality. His accomplishments since he accepted the CEO position at Bigfork Valley have been astronomical to say the least! I have watched this growth over many summers while vacationing up here in the beautiful Northland, and really saw it bloom into a place of true recognition over the past several years since I retired and made this breathtaking area my permanent home.

The surgery center, 20 bed hospital wing, emergency department, outreach clinics in Balsam and Marcell, the Twin Homes (which, by the way, are gorgeous!), the new Commons area with the cafeteria and gift shop, the new dietary kitchen facilities, fitness center, the new Imaging Center, the soon-to-be open Aspen Center…how many hospitals can brag about these kinds of improvements?

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