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Good Samaritan Hospital
Good Samaritan Hospital is pictured in 1910.

1904 Rev. E.T. Quam of United Lutheran Church of Sheyenne organizes Sheyenne Kreds Hospital Association. The association is incorporated in March 1905 and the town of Rugby wins the bid as the new hospital site.

1910 Sheyenne Kreds Hospital opens its doors January 9 on land donated by Hattie Sikes, daughter of one of Rugby's founding fathers.

1915 Association renames itself and the hospital, becoming the Good Samaritan Hospital Association.

1927 Good Samaritan Hospital gets an elevator. Prior to that time, doctors and nurses carried patients from floor to floor.

1933 Dr. Olafur W. Johnson, in association with Dr. E.O. Steeves, opens Johnson Clinic in Rugby.

1937 Dr. Christian G. Johnson joins his brother in practice at Johnson Clinic.

1941 Dr. Emil T. Keller joins Johnson Clinic and an addition to Good Samaritan Hospital's east side provides room for another 15 beds.

1942 Dr. William R. Fox joins Johnson Clinic.

Haaland Home Groundbreaking
Groundbreaking held at Haaland Home April 8, 1961.
1946 Johnson Clinic opens a new facility at its present location on Third Avenue Southwest.

1947 Construction begins on a new west wing of the hospital building. First patients are admitted in 1950.

1951 New x-ray department, laboratory, emergency room, patient rooms, admissions office, business offices and visitor lounge are added to the hospital's west side.

1962 Good Samaritan Hospital Association opens the Haaland Home. Completion of the 80-bed intermediate care facility accomplishes Harold S. and Ruth Haaland's vision to provide seniors with quality healthcare and personal service in a pleasant setting.

1963 Third-floor wing added to hospital for care of the elderly.

1965 Construction completed on a new hospital building.

1969 Johnson Clinic incorporates, with Dr. Fox as its first president.

1970 Rugby proclaims October 23 "Drs. O.W. and C.G. Johnson Appreciation Day." Dignitaries and citizens from surrounding communities join in the celebration.

1973 Three-story hospital complex connects Johnson Clinic to the hospital and adds 49 acute care beds, 74 skill nursing care beds and 30 intermediate care beds.

1970s Human services center opens, including an alcohol treatment unit. Other expansions and additions include a pharmacy and expanded physical therapy department. Johnson Clinic has 12 physicians on staff.

1978 Dr. Donald G. McIntyre becomes president of Johnson Clinic.

1982 Dr. McIntyre accomplishes his dream of establishing Heart of America Health Plan. A locally administered, non-profit cooperative, HAHP is North Dakota's longest standing independent Health Maintenance Organization.

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HAMC is photographed from above in the early 1990s.
1987 Good Samaritan Health Services Foundation is created to support the association's efforts to meet healthcare needs of area residents.

1988 Responding to a need for senior housing, Haaland Home opens Haaland Manor Apartments.

1991 Good Samaritan Hospital opens a new 20-bed acute care facility, surgical suite, pharmacy, ICU, nursery and delivery room.

1997 Haaland Manor Apartments opens a second unit.

2001 Outpatient Wellness Center opens, providing a full range of therapy services: physical, occupational, cardiac rehab, sports medicine and community wellness.

2002 Good Samaritan Hospital Association remodels hospital's second and third floors to accommodate an 80-bed skilled nursing care facility and 12-patient Alzheimer's program.

2007 Haaland Manor becomes a licensed assisted living facility. Home care is added to the menu of services a year later.

2008 To reflect the continuity of care and variety of living options provided, Haaland Home and Haaland Manor Apartments become Haaland Estates.

2010 Johnson Clinic merges with Heart of America Medical Center, becoming Heart of America Johnson Clinics. Clinic president Dr. Brian Selland oversees the merger.

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