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ST. BENEDICT’S CENTER FOR SINGLE-DAY SURGERY IS RENAMED FOR DONORS

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A 5-year-old unit of St. Benedict's Hospital has been named the Walter C. and Beryl M. Swanson Single Day Surgery Center in honor of one of the largest contributions ever received by the hospital.

Dr. Walter Swanson, an Ogden podiatrist, and his wife, Beryl, donated stock worth $1 million.Hospital officials said the gift financed the buy-out of the outstanding 50 percent interest in the Single Day Surgery Center established in 1984 as a joint venture with American Medical International, Beverly Hills, Calif.

"With increasing numbers of patients having surgeries performed at the center, funds previously leaving the community will now be reinvested in the health-care needs of this area," said Dale St. Arnold, president of St Benedict's.

Single-day surgery enables patients to undergo surgery and return home the same day. Operations of this type include tonsillectomies, plastic surgery and orthopedic, ophthalmological and dental procedures.

Officials said approximately half of all surgeries at St. Benedict's are performed as single-day surgeries.

Swanson, a graduate of Weber State College, attended Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine, Chicago, and established his practice in Ogden in 1926. He founded Swanson's Shoe Store on Washington Boulevard, a site that later housed Beryl's Knitting Store above the shoe shop.

The Swansons were joint recipients of the Ogden YWCA's 1987 Humanitarian of the Year award. Mrs. Swanson serves on the board of the School of Arts and Humanities, Weber State College and the Weber School District Foundation.