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Bigfork Valley opens new commons area

BIGFORK - Earlier this year, Bigfork Valley celebrated the ribbon cutting of a $4.5 million addition to its health care facility here.

Bigfork Valley's new commons was envisioned as an area focusing on the community of elders, tenants, patients, visitors and staff. It has spaces to relax in front of a fireplace and cafeteria dining in the Wanigan, a rustic, comfortable space surrounded by tall tree timbers, a vaulted ceiling and soaring fireplace.

The new construction includes a hospital gift shop, the Gift Nest; a high tech conference/board room, a new dietary kitchen and additional pharmacy work areas.

In early June, the new Fitness Center is scheduled to be completed. Its opening will be celebrated July 21 at the annual Health Expo.

"This commons area will be the foundation of services to Bigfork Valley and the hospital district for years into the future," said CEO Dan Odegaard.