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Hillsboro Medical Center – Springfield Clinic – Hillsboro Illinois
The community's newest medical facility, Hillsboro Medical Center, was dedicated to the community's senior physician, Dr. Herbert Swarsen, during a private reception at the center late Sunday afternoon. The reception followed a public open house during which more than 300 people toured the five- doctor clinic.
Dr. Swarsen and his wife, Marianne were completely surprised by the dedication. They were presented an engraved plaque reading "Dedicated to Dr. Herbert Swarsen, 1981" and they mounted it on a wall just inside the building's main entrance.
In making the dedication, Dr. Robert Mulch said he, his wife, Dr. Barbara Mulch, Dr. Walter Williams and Dr. Douglas Byers each owe their professional careers to Dr. Swarsen, whose medical practice is the foundation for the new medical center.
Prior to moving to the new center, Dr. Swarsen had operated a medical office for 41 years at the same Hillsboro location. He began his career here in February 1940 and his office was in the downstairs of his two- story residence located at 524 South Main Street. In 1960 he moved his practice into a new brick office constructed on the same piece of property, and the residence was razed.
Born May 1908 in Germany, be attended university and medical school in Berlin, Munich and Weirztduburg, graduating in 1932 at Freiberg. He completed his internship at City Hospital Berlin-Neukolln and five years of residency in surgery and urology at Jewish Hospital Berlin.
Dr. and Mrs. Swarsen emigrated to the United States in 1938. He did a year's internship at Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago, before moving to Hillsboro. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians and a member of American Medical Association.
The couple have three children. Tom, a teacher and specialty store owner in suburban Chicago, was here for Sunday's dedication. Dr. Ron Swarsen is a family physician in suburban Denver, Colo., and Julie Swarsen is employed in hotel management in Denver.
Sunday evening, the medical center staff were hosts to 175 guests at a Hillsboro Country Club dinner. Besides many local friends, relatives and doctors, guests included the following area physicians who are professional associates of the center's staff: Dr. Ross Billiter, Dr. Jerome Epplin, Dr. Elizabeth Fabi, Dr. Lonnie Laughlin, Dr. Roger Wujek, all of Litchfield; Dr. J. Johnston, Nokomis; Dr. John Dawdy, Dr. Max Fraenkel Dr. Kenneth Kaufman, Dr. Boyd McCracken, Greenville; Dr. Paul Hagen, Taylorville; Dr. David Katerndahl, Shelbyville; Dr. Herbert Sunshine, Highland; Dr. Joseph Bolin, Dr. James Dove, Dr. Robert Kaufman, Dr. H. Weston Moses, Dr. Glennon Paul, Dr. Alan Rubenstein, Dr. Joel Schneider, Dr. Victor Trautman. Dr. James Graham and Dr. Michael Walsh, all of Springfield.
From the Montgomery County News – Thursday, October 8, 1981