Marshall moving forward

Progress. We’ve used this space in the past to tout Marshall’s progressiveness, but it’s worth mentioning again, especially in light of a pretty big event that took place on a chilly Monday morning outside of Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center.

That’s where ground was broken on Avera’s new $12.9 million cancer institute. But this just isn’t about Avera.

As an emotional Avera President and CEO Mary Maertens said at the groundbreaking, this is a facility for the entire region. “It’s not our facility,” she said, “it’s yours.”

Each speaker who took the mic Monday morning delivered a similar message to drive home a point that everyone in the region who has been affected by cancer in some way surely can appreciate.

The new cancer institute is one very big piece of a special puzzle that continues to come together as the city of Marshall grows. And that puzzle is made up of a wide range of pieces that reflect the city’s commitment to beautifying and building the city.

From something subtle like the Mrs. Whitney statue off a busy East College Drive, to larger-than-life murals downtown, to a new sports center and proposed track and field complex on the east edge of town, to Affiliated Community Medical Center’s new 10,000-square foot ambulatory surgery center, to development in Industrial Park and to Avera’s new cancer treatment facility, that commitment is evident everywhere you look.

The city will never be perfect – no city is – but the hundreds of people behind these projects should be proud of what they’ve accomplished as they help shape the future of a city that refuses to stop progressing.