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Cadecues Stone Moved to SCKMC

September 30, 2014

As the former Arkansas City Memorial Hospital is prepared to be demolished within the upcoming weeks, a historical piece from that site was relocated to South Central Kansas Medical Center. Until this past Friday, the caduceus stone had resided on the corner of First Street and Birch Avenue. It had been used as part of the hospital's signage for several decades.
 

Arkansas City, KS - As the former Arkansas City Memorial Hospital is prepared to be demolished within the upcoming weeks, a historical piece from that site was relocated to South Central Kansas Medical Center. Until this past Friday, the caduceus stone had resided on the corner of First Street and Birch Avenue. It had been used as part of the hospital's signage for several decades.

"So often we find ourselves focusing on the future, particularly in healthcare, we tend to always be looking for the cutting-edge medical procedure or state-of-the-art equipment," said Clayton Pappan, SCKMC's Chief Marketing Officer. "It has taken generations of people committed to the healthcare of our community to get us to where we are at today, and this monument is a small reminder of that."

LG Pike Construction used a crane to remove the over seven-foot tall stone slab. The crew then transported it to the entry of the medical center's property where it was braced until a concrete base was poured on Monday afternoon.

Pike Construction is not a newcomer to donating their equipment and talents in support of community projects. The company also assisted USD 470 in moving their historical marker to the ACHS football stadium.

"I would have hated to see the stone just broken up. It's just our way of making (the hospital) complete, one more thing to make it nice," said Carlla Pike, Treasurer of LG Pike Construction.

SCKMC Chief Executive Officer, Steve Perkins offered his gratitude.

"LG Pike Construction and the Pike family are amazing. Folks like them make this a special place. On behalf of the whole organization, from Board to staff I want to extend our sincerest 'thank you' for their generous support. LG Pike Construction preserves the past for the community's future," Perkins said.

 Pictured: Kevin Pike(left) and Rick Crull of LG Pike Construction complete the base for the caduceus stone which was recently relocated from the former site of Memorial Hospital to South Central Kansas Medical Center.

Pictured: Kevin Pike(left) and Rick Crull of LG Pike Construction complete the base for the caduceus stone which was recently relocated from the former site of Memorial Hospital to South Central Kansas Medical Center.