Conservative MP Myron Thompson arrives for the party's first caucus meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on February 7, 2006. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tom Hanson

Sundre hospital renamed after historic community leader

Sundre’s hospital has been renamed the Myron Thompson Health Centre to commemorate “the town’s most prominent citizen,” the provincial government said Friday.

Myron Thompson was a teacher, principal, town councillor, mayor and member of Parliament over 50 years.

“We are connecting this place of care, healing and hope to the memory of Myron Thompson,” said Premier Jason Kenney.

“By putting his name on this hospital, we will remember the man who dedicated his entire adult life to his community. Myron was Sundre’s most famous son. He had a huge heart, and personified Alberta’s ethic of community service.”

Thompson was born in Colorado in 1937. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War, and was a semi-professional baseball player, once famously trying out for the New York Yankees.

He moved to Sundre in 1968, where he was the longest-serving principal of the local high school. He went on to several terms as Sundre’s longest-serving mayor, and from 1993 to 2008, was MP for Wildrose.

Thompson later served three more terms as a Sundre town councillor.

Throughout his life, Thompson contributed to countless charitable causes, including animal welfare and local historical preservation, says the province.

The Town of Sundre dedicated Myron Thompson Way and established the Thompson Archives at the Sundre Museum, where he had volunteered for years, before his death on Jan. 5, 2019.

The Myron Thompson Health Centre was built in 1968. It will continue to operate as the hospital for Sundre and area, with 24-hour emergency services, 14 acute-care beds and 40 continuing care beds.

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