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$23 Million Later, The Work Is Done In Geneseo

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After nearly four years, and $23 million, the wait is over for Hammond-Henry Hospital in Geneseo. 

On Sunday, the community was invited in to see all that their money went toward - all $2.6 millions dollars worth of public contribution. 

"It's good to hear the feedback from the community," says CEO Brad Solberg, "We've had hundreds of people come through here today saying what a nice benefit this is to have here in Geneseo."

While the hospital did add new therapy areas, a long term health facility, and dozens of new patient rooms, perhaps the biggest part of the project was the addition of a third operating room - complete with all the amenities. 

"When I started in surgery here, about 25 years ago, a busy day would have been 6-7 surgeries," Says Surgical Services Manager Robin VanMeenen, "Last Thursday, we were able to complete 32 procedures."

And while having all the bells and whistles is nice, Robin and her surgical team say they owe the people of Geneseo and Henry County all of the credit for the equipment and space they now have. 

"We want the community to be proud, this is their hospital. They helped build this. this is theirs and so it's really great for the while area."

And people from the community are certainly excited they were able to pitch in, making it all possible. 

"Resources are tough these days for public projects," said Jeff Lang of Geneseo,"This was by far one of the best uses for public money, and donated money that could possibly happen."

And now that the place is open and ready for business, the people of Hammond-Henry are anxious to prove they are the best in the area. 

"This hospital is a force to be reckoned with,"added VanMeenen, "We can compete with the best so come give us a shot."

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