History repeats itself

Kulp's of Stratford restores a Thomas Jefferson Monticello replica at Howard Young Medical Center

At Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff, Wis., life is celebrated. From first steps to first loves to the birth of a grandchild, each day begins with new promise. In 1977, the 99-bed facility was built through a generous grant from S. Howard Young, a New York art dealer and uncle of actress Elizabeth Taylor.

In 1999, it was named a Top 100 orthopedic hospital by the Health Care Information Association. In 2001, it joined Ministry Health Care and the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, making it one of the largest and most successful Catholic health care networks in the U.S. Its network reaches across Wisconsin and into Minnesota through a system of integrated hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, home care agencies, dialysis centers, and many other programs and services.

The center itself is an acute care facility with specially trained physicians, nurses and technical personnel dedicated to caring for the health and wellness of those in its communities. Health care professionals oversee the care of general medical surgical patients as well as those in intensive care and transitional care units. Its birthing center prides itself on offering a family-centered approach to labor and delivery in a relaxing, home-like environment.

The entrance and dome to the medical center is a replica of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Charlottesville, Va., where Jefferson lived for more than four decades and spent a substantial amount of time designing, dismantling and reimagining the estate he considered his "essay in architecture."