Sundre hospital renamed after late, homegrown MP Myron Thompson

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Sundre’s hospital has taken on the name of community stalwart and former Reform Party MP Myron Thompson.

Lending the plainspoken ex-teacher and politician’s name to the town’s hospital reflects Thompson’s devotion to the foothills community, 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,” said Kenney in a statement.

“Myron was Sundre’s most famous son. He had a huge heart, and personified Alberta’s ethic of community service.”

Thompson, who died in January 2019 from pancreatic cancer at the age of 82, was a Colorado native who served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War and was a gifted athlete who once tried to break into the roster of the New York Yankees.

After coming to the town 130 kilometres northwest of Calgary in 1968, he worked as the principal of the local high school and served as mayor.

The hospital now named the Myron Thompson Health Centre was built that same year.

The colourful, outspoken conservative was the Reform Party MP for the riding of Wild Rose from 1998-2003 and then served as a Sundre town councillor.

“As a leader in both federal and municipal politics, he served the community for over 50 years. It is fitting that his name and cowboy-politician legacy will live on through this hospital,” said Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro.

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