Winneshiek Medical Center traces its roots to humble beginnings with Reverend Paul Koren, who in addition to pastoral duties at Washington Prairie Lutheran Church, recognized the need for a hospital to care for the sick in Winneshiek County. Through his tireless efforts, ups and downs, defeats and successes, Rev. Koren gathered a group of people who supported the idea of a hospital in Decorah, including William Smith, a retired farmer. Mr. Smith offered Koren $10,000 and through many individual donations, Koren raised $15,000 more. In 1914, Decorah Hospital opened its doors.
Join Winneshiek Medical Center in celebrating 100 years in Decorah during this Centennial year!
Red Wing Centennial Pottery
January 19, 2014 – Honor the Founders Event
May 1, 2014 – Grand Picnic on the Green
July 8, 2014 – William Smith Beard Look-Alike Contest
July 8, 2014 – Matilda Muffin Contest
November 1, 2014 – Centennial Gala Celebration
Commemorative Centennial Pottery
Winneshiek Medical Center’s 100 year anniversary collectible Red Wing Stoneware is on sale at the WMC Gift Shop and at Eckheart’s Art Gallery & Antiques in downtown Decorah.
Three styles of stoneware are available. A quarter-pint mini crock sells for $12, a quart-sized beater jar crock sells for $25, and the 30-oz. Cherry Band pitcher sells for $35. Each crock features the WMC centennial logo and the larger crock and pitcher also feature a photo of the first Decorah Hospital (courtesy of the James P. Ronan collection.)
Honor the Founders Event: Sunday, January 19, 2014
8:45 am: The Washington Prairie congregation and guests are invited to enjoy coffee and rolls before church.
1:00 pm: WMC will serve a special luncheon in the church social hall. Tickets for the luncheon are limited, and remaining tickets will go on sale after Christmas. The luncheon will also include a presentation on the history of Winneshiek Medical Center and a commemorative keepsake gift.
3:00 pm: The public is invited to attend a free Program of Music and Healing to honor the calling felt by our founders – a calling that continues today in the work that is done at Winneshiek Medical Center. Come experience how medicine and music weave together to create peace and healing, and join in the mission of the hospital as we celebrate our beginnings.
Grand Picnic on the Green: Thursday, May 1, 4- 7 pm
Celebrate Winneshiek Medical Center’s Centennial with a free community picnic! The Grand Picnic on the Green will be held on Thursday, May 1 from 4-7 pm on the WMC Campus, and is an event geared for the entire family.
Join us for a free BBQ pork sandwich by U-2 Catering, chips and a beverage, Moo-Mobile shakes for $1, and free popcorn from the Lion’s Club.
Enjoy entertainment for the entire family, including: trolley rides by Decorah Trolley Co., face-painting with the Turkey Valley Clovers 4-H Club, music by Homeward Bound, magic shows with Bruce Wulfsberg, M.D., caricature drawings by Maxxx Madcap, historical presentations, and the WMC ambulance and a medical helicopter on display. Everyone is invited!
William Smith Beard Look-Alike Contest:
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
In honor of our 100-year celebration, Winneshiek Medical Center is sponsoring a William Smith Beard Look-Alike contest on the Winneshiek County Fair Grandstands on Tuesday, July 8 at 6:00 pm. William Smith was the first donor to the hospital in Decorah.
Area men may need to get growing to compete in the July event. The criteria are based on how closely the contestants can come to looking like Mr. Smith. The winner will receive the grand prize of $100 (for our 100 years)!
Competitors may register prior to the event on July 8, 2014.
Matilda Muffin Contest: 2014 Winneshiek County Fair
William Smith’s sister, Matilda, is not as well known as her brother in the Decorah Hospital story. However, through her commitment to local health care and careful planning, Matilda’s estate funded a portion of the initial $10,000 gift.
WMC is honoring Matilda’s contribution to the first hospital by sponsoring a “Matilda Muffin” contest at the 2014 Winneshiek County Fair, which will challenge participants to bake a muffin and present their creation while wearing time-period attire. Both the muffin and the presentation will be taken into account to determine the winner. The winner will receive the grand prize of $100 (for our 100 years)!
Centennial Gala Celebration
The WMC Centennial Gala Celebration is planned for Saturday, November 1 at the Steyer Opera House at the Hotel Winneshiek, 100 years, to-the-day, that the doors of our hospital officially opened!
Tickets are $60 per person. Tables of eight and six are available. Tickets include:
- Social hour with entertainment by Jeni Grouws and cash bar
- Gourmet meal choice of:
- Coq au Vin: French braise of chicken cooked with wine, aromatic vegetables, bacon and pearl onions. Served on a bed of lemon-chive rice pilaf with Chef’s seasonal vegetable selection,
- Pork Tenderloin Medallions: Roasted Pork Tenderloin Medallions served with a roasted shallot Dijon sauce on a bed of rice pilaf with Chef’s seasonal vegetable selection, or
- Grilled Eggplant Rolls: Grilled Eggplant Rolls with brown Basmati rice, roasted vegetable filling with a savory tomato sauce and melted Provolone cheese.
- Evening entertainment by Las Vegas Keynote Speaker and Humorist, Scott Pritchard. Mr. Pritchard grew up in northeast Iowa and attended North Winneshiek School. He currently does ten radio shows per week on Fox News Radio and Sports By Line USA, and is a stand-up comedian and host on weekends in Las Vegas on the Strip at Bally’s. (Seats for Pritchard’s show only are available in the balcony theater seating area. Tickets for show only are $20 per person.)
Attire for the evening is semi-formal or your Sunday best.
Our celebration is planned as a way to give back to our community, with recognition of the Community Mental Health Grant Recipients and recognition of our current and past Board of Trustees members and WMC Foundation Board members.
Call 563-382-2911 to purchase your tickets!