An Example of a Courageous Community
August 23, 2019
By: David Dick, HRMC President & CEO
Earlier this year, Huron was recognized by the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development as Community of the Year. Governor Kristi Noem cited Huron’s growing State Fair attendance and HRMC’s pre-apprenticeship partnership with the Department of Labor and Regulation as two of the reasons “Huron is a leader in developing a bright future.”
Congratulations to Huron residents on this award recognizing that our community faces the future with solutions. Many communities do some brave things, but I am proud of Huron for not only our bravery, but our resounding courage.
The definition of brave is having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear or difficulty. Courage, on the other hand, is having mental or moral strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear or difficulty. Anyone can be brave for a moment, but creating the change we desire in our environment or community is an ongoing act of courageous leadership from all of us.
I think a great example is our water park. The initial idea to tear down what was left of our deteriorated university buildings and replace it with Splash Central Waterpark was a brave thought. Yet it was our courage that kept us working together to raise the funds and support the operations. It has certainly made a splash that many generations are enjoying on these hot summer days!
Our community formed a nursing task force several years ago when Huron lost our two-year nursing program. Here again, this task force met the challenge courageously, partnering with Southeast Technical Institute, Huron Community Campus, Huron University Foundation, HRMC Foundation and many other partners to bring local nursing education back to Huron. This effort took perseverance by many groups and individuals to make it possible for our residents to obtain licensed practical and registered nurse degrees locally once again.
The governor mentioned that part of her decision to recognize Huron was a new partnership between the hospital and the Department of Labor and Regulation. These pre-apprentice and apprentice programs are the first of their kind for a South Dakota hospital. Again, what started as a brave concept to develop local medical professionals will one day prove to reflect the courage to try something different to improve our community. I am grateful for the outstanding commitment of all our rural workforce and happy to be a partner of such a recognized community. Good job, Huron!
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