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Hospital History

Windom Area Hospital has a unique and interesting history. Beginning in a home, Windom Area Hospital has evolved into a flourishing healthcare center serving the residents of Windom and surrounding communities.

June 20, 1871: The village of Windom was platted.

October 10, 1871: The first physician to practice his profession in Cottonwood County was Dr. Allen Smith. After 2 years of service, he returned to Ohio, the state where he emigrated from, and there died.

March 1905: Mrs. Sophia (Andrew) Ruse started the first hospital in Windom. The Ruse Hospital was located at the present site of the Home for Creative Living. Dr. L.L. Sogge, Dr. J.H. Dudley, Dr. F.R. Wieser and three nurses administered a variety of surgical and medical treatments. Approximately 200 patients were seen annually and paid $3.00 per day for a room.

hspace=10 1914: Mrs. Ruse purchased the hospital. She operated the hospital until 1920 when she sold it back to Dr. L.L. Sogge.

1920: Dr. L.L. Sogge and the Home Mission Society of the Methodist Conference of the Methodist Church owned and operated the hospital.

1927: Dr. L.L. Sogge and Mrs. Sogge deeded the property to the Windom Hospital Association, who continued to operate the hospital until 1942 at which time the hospital was torn down in preparation of building a new hospital.

1942: The new Windom Hospital was built and a formal opening was held. The hospital had 10 employees and 5 doctors.
The growth of the Windom area continually expanded and the New Windom Area Hospital was built and owned by the City of Windom. There were 8 Doctors and Surgeons, approximately 85 employees, 6 specialty clinics and a Governing Board comprised of 7 community members.

1989: Entered into a management relationship with Sanford Health (formerly Sioux Valley Hospital & Health System).

1998: New ER expansion.

2004: Outreach expansion. Addition of new patient care wing, including the Birth Place, our OB wing.

2005: Windom Area Hospital celebrates 30 years of service as a municipally-owned facility. The facility serves the area with 7 Doctors, 3 Extenders, 2 Surgeons, 107 employees, Governing Board and 10 specialty clinics.

2007: Windom Area Hospital partners with Worthington Regional Hospital, Murray County Medical Center, Sanford Tracy Medical Center, Sanford Jackson Medical Center and Sanford Westbrook Medical Center to bring the Sanford Cancer Center to Worthington. Dining Room is also remodeled and open to the public. 

2012: The Imaging Department adds in-house digital mammography with the fundraising help of the community.



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