In the 1990s, the Internet experienced dramatic growth, while Nelson Mandela was freed and became president of South Africa. In the U.S., we witnessed rioting after the Rodney King verdict, World Trade Center and Oklahoma City bombings, the trial of O.J. Simpson, Columbine school shootings and the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. Here in Portage, Divine Savior Hospital and Nursing Home was changing too and got a new name – Divine Savior Healthcare. The organization began to focus more on outpatient and clinical services and employ its own medical staff.

Divine Savior Hospital Marks 75 Years

Caring and dedication were the themes as Divine Savior Hospital and Nursing Home marked 75 years of medical service to the Portage community with an outdoor celebration and a dedication of a mew medical office building Saturday afternoon.

The mild spring weather favored the event which was attended by over 300 community members, officials and state dignitaries, including Gov. Tommy Thompson. The ceremonies were followed by an ice cream social and a variety of entertainment.




"The people of Divine Savior have touched so many lives and have given so many the gift of health."

– Former Gov. Tommy Thompson, during a celebration marking Divine Savior's 75th anniversary




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