Lead-Deadwood Hospital to celebrate 125 years with history book

DEADWOOD, S.D. — On Monday, Monument Health announced that their Lead-Deadwood Hospital is celebrating its 125th anniversary with a limited number of books about the history of healthcare in the city.

A limited number of spiral-bound copies of “The History of Healthcare in Lead and Deadwood” by Nicole Shiffrar will be available free of charge at a joint chamber mixer for the Lead and Deadwood Chambers of Commerce. Leather bound copies of the book will be available at a later date.

The mixer will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 in the north parking lot across Charles Street from the Lead-Deadwood Hospital and Clinic. Catering, Food will be provided by Cheyenne Crossing Catering.

Shiffrar, who is an executive assistant to President of Lead-Deadwood Hopital Mark Schmidt, started researching and writing the book two years ago after she was encouraged by Dr. Thomas Groeger, a longtime Lead-Deadwood physician.

“It was supposed to be a six-page booklet,” Shiffrar said. “I kept finding more information – Dr. Groeger said ‘Go for it.’”

The book has more than 100 pages and contains previously unpublished historic photos and accounts going back to the earliest days of the Black Hills Gold Rush in 1876.

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