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Washington County Hospital Plans Groundbreaking Ceremony

Washington County Hospital will host a groundbreaking ceremony Sunday afternoon for the new addition and remodeling project. The construction timeline and process will be covered, with the blueprints and a question and answer session available. The architects and builder will be in attendance, and the public is encouraged to attend. Construction is scheduled to begin on the $6.8 million project November 1st, with completion expected early 2015, following a 15-18 month construction cycle. Final plans regarding recent changes in temporary layout of the hospital will also be covered. The ceremony is Sunday, 2-4 p.m. in the current parking lot area near the main entrance. The project includes a 7,000 square foot addition, along with extensive remodeling of the first floor, and some of the basement. The work will be done in four phases, and the hospital will remain open. The current parking will be eliminated, with the main entrance moving to the basement level during construction. New operating room suites, a new emergency room, and new entrance will be completed, and lab facilities will move downstairs.

About Bruce Dierking

Bruce Dierking owns and operates Dierking Communications, Inc. with stations KNDY/KNDY FM Marysville, KS since 1988, KQNK/KQNK FM Norton, KS since 1999, and KDNS FM/KZDY FM Glen Elder since 2008. A fifth generation native of Marshall County, and a 1980 graduate of Marysville High School, he began a broadcasting career working part time at the age of 14 for Herb and Ruby Hoeflicker at KNDY. After attending Colby, Kansas Community College, with a major in business and broadcasting, Dierking returned to his hometown covering sports and sales, now having served as the voice of the Marysville Bulldogs, as well as area teams for over 35 years. Active in various leadership roles, he has served as President with the Marysville Jaycees, President of the Kansas Jaycees, and National Vice President with the US Jr Chamber of Commerce. He has been a board member, and past President of the Marysville Chamber of Commerce, served many years as Vice President of Marshall County Development Corporation, served 8 years on the Kansas Association of Broadcasters including Secretary/Treasurer, Chair Elect, and Chairman of the board. He has twice served terms on the Good Shepherd Lutheran School Board serving as President, and held several leadership roles with Mt Calvary Lutheran Church, serving as congregation Chairman. He, his wife Lesa, and daughter Allison are active in many community activities, contributing to, providing publicity for, and volunteering. He is currently active with the Marysville Historic Depot restoration project, serving as Vice President. A mentor to many in the broadcasting industry, Dierking continues an active role in station operations, on the air with the morning show each day, traveling many nights to cover ballgames, and present covering local events for news broadcasts. He is passionate about his community, and the rural midwest. An active historian, genealogy, community development, Kansas and architectural history are among interests. Dierking enjoys travel, having visited nearly every state, and several foreign countries. He is a fan of music, and enjoys reading.