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Nov112014

The 1st Birth

At the opening of the Wishek Community Hospital, there was already anticipation for the hospital's first baby delivery. On April 24, 1954, Tom Regner was celebrated as the first boy born in the hospital. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Regner of Burnstad, Tom was the youngest of seven siblings, but privileged enough to be the only one born at the Wishek Hospital.

“Back in those days, having the hospital as a birth place was considered quite a luxury. Up until that point, many rural mothers were giving birth in their homes,” said Tom.

His wife Linda carried on the tradition and had their two sons in the Wishek Hospital in the 1970’s. “This hospital is a handy thing for the community. What would we do without one? We need it. Sometimes, you only have a few minutes before you have to get to the hospital.” Tom speaks from experience as he hasn't lived far from his birth place and makes his home two miles outside of Wishek.

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