In the mid-1950’s, Dr. H.N. Sutherland, a local physician, challenged the people of Ely with a dream for a new hospital. Mr. Abe Bloomenson, an Elyite who had moved to Duluth, wanted to do something for his hometown. His gift of $100,000 substantiated a $550,000 bond issue for the new hospital. With support from then Mayor Grahek, the City Council, local labor unions and citizens, the bond issue passed, construction on the hospital was completed and, the new hospital, named the Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital in gratitude to Mr. Bloomenson, was dedicated on February 22, 1958.
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