Tri-County Health Care buries a time capsule full of history not to be opened for 50 years

The capsule marks substantial completion of the hospital and freezes a moment in time that the next generation will get to unearth.

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Tara Erckenbrack, quality reporting and patient experience specialist, adds a paper to the capsule that details costs of common consumables in September 2022.
Contributed by Michael Denny, Tri-County Health Care
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WADENA — Tri-County Health Care staff, administrators, advisory members, and board members participated in a special time capsule ceremony on Friday, Sept. 23.

The daylight turned gray, and the rain left a fresh shine to the almost finished rural health care center of the future. While huddled under a small tent, speakers placed special items one-by-one in the round time capsule container, emblazoned with the new Astera Health logo. The time capsule was organized in conjunction with community leaders and Mortenson Construction. The time capsule will be opened 50 years from now, in 2073.

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Tri-County Health Care board member Jolene Johannes holds up the Sept. 22 issue of the Wadena Pioneer Journal, which was added to the time capsule Sept. 23, 2022.
Contributed photo by Michael Denny, Tri-County Health Care

A special document showcasing current Tri-County Health Care board members was the first item placed in the capsule, followed by a year in review historical record. Then COVID-19 vaccine vials were placed in the capsule to give future generations a glimpse at one of the most important advancements of our time. A Tri Patient Partners pamphlet and t-shirt representing the employee voice committee were added, as well as a copy of the Wadena Pioneer Journal showing the topical news affecting the community at the time of the ceremony.

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President and CEO Joel Beiswenger placed the employee scroll into the capsule. Employees were encouraged to sign their name and leave a message for future staff to unearth during the ceremony on Sept. 23, 2022.
Contributed by Michael Denny, Tri-County Health Care

The final item placed in the time capsule was a scroll signed by Tri-County Health Care staff members. All staff members were invited to sign and leave a special message for the future staff that dig up the capsule. President and CEO Joel Beiswenger shared words of hope for the future just before placing the scroll into the time capsule. This event is one of the remaining milestones taking place before the grand opening of the new facility in the Spring of 2023.

“We are an organization that celebrates legacy and those that came before us. The time capsule is an opportunity to reflect on our triumphs and challenges and share them with a future generation in hopes they can be inspired by our fortitude,” said Beiswenger.


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A seal to be placed over the time capsule will be a reminder of the date set 50 years into the future.
Photo contributed by Tri-County Health Care

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