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Published on November 02, 2016

Gundersen Boscobel Hospital dedicates the Marilyn Krogen Visitor's Lounge

On Thursday, October 20th, 2016, over 50 family members, friends and Hospital staff were on hand to dedicate the Marilyn Krogen Visitor's Lounge at the Gundersen Boscobel Hospital. The Marilyn Krogen Visitor's Lounge is located in the Hospital Inpatient Unit and available for Hospital patients and their visitors.

"The dedication was a special moment," shared Kempert Krogen. "To look around the room and see all the family, friends, and Hospital staff who took time out of their busy schedules to attend the dedication ceremony was very meaningful."

The dedication ceremony included a time for family, friends, and Hospital staff to share stories about Marilyn and honor her service to the Hospital and community. Many of the stories from Hospital staff included their appreciation for Marilyn's mentorship during their time working with her. A common theme among those comments included her consistent compassion and excellence in patient care delivery.

Marilyn's career as a Nurse began at the Methodist Hospital in Madison from 1955 to 1958. In January of 1959, she and Kempert moved their family back to Boscobel and she began her long career at the former Boscobel Memorial Hospital. Marilyn worked in the operating room and served as supervisor until her retirement in 2005.

The plaque that was placed on the wall in the visitor's lounge reads, "Devoted wife, mother, grandmother, church member, community supporter, and friend. With skill and compassion, Marilyn worked in the Boscobel Hospital operating room as a nurse for 46 years. This waiting room is dedicated to Marilyn's lifetime of service and devotion to the Boscobel community and Hospital."

The renovation of the visitor's lounge was made possible by the Marilyn Krogen Memorial Fund that were donated to the Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics Foundation. The Krogen Family made a generous donation to the project, along with the donation of a TV and paint for the room. The Partners of GBAHC, who Marilyn Krogen was a long-time member of, also generously donated $1,000 toward the renovation project. Gundersen Boscobel Hospital completed the renovation work. The scope of the renovation project included new carpet, furniture, paint, cosmetic wall improvements, and decorations.

"We are appreciative of the generosity that made this project possible," shared David Hartberg, Gundersen Boscobel CEO. "We hope that the Marilyn Krogen Visitor's Lounge honors Marilyn's years of service to the Hospital and community, along with inspiring others to continue her legacy of service and patient care excellence."

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Community Members Celebrating the Life of Marilyn Krogen

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