Sioux Falls in Minnehaha County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Drs. Van Demark
The Van Demark name is synonymous with orthopedic surgery in South Dakota. Dr. Guy Van Demark (1879-1963) was the first orthopedic surgeon in South Dakota. 'Dr. Guy' and Irene Fisher Coon, R.N., founded the original specialized crippled children's hospital during the polio epidemics of the 1930s-1950s. Dr. Walter Van Demark (1915-1958) was a brilliant diagnostician and surgeon who received numerous scholastic honors. Dr. Robert E. Van Demark Sr. (1913-1995) was a beloved orthopedic surgeon, teacher and mentor with a distinguished career in surgery, medical education, and the advancement of orthopedic surgery in South Dakota. His son, Robert E. Van Demark Jr., was a founding member of the orthopedic and sports medicine department of Sanford Clinic. The Van Demark building is named in honor of Drs. Guy, Walter, and Robert Sr. Van Demark (left to right) for their lasting contribution to orthopedic surgery and health care through out the region.
This sculpture celebrates the pioneering legacy of Drs. Guy, Walter and Robert Sr. Van Demark, and is dedicated as inspiration for ongoing excellence in orthopedic care and rehabilitation.
Location. 43° 32.207′ N, 96° 44.563′ W. Marker is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in Minnehaha County. Marker is on W 18th St half a mile west of S. Grange, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located at the entrance to the parking lot from W 18th St. Marker is in this post office area: Sioux Falls SD 57104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. AAUW Sioux Falls Branch (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Old Yankton Trail and Stage Road (approx. 0.4 miles away); Department of Veterans Affairs (approx. 0.7 miles away); From Glory to Glory (approx. 0.7 miles away); Columbus College (approx. ¾ mile away); Lost Bird (approx. ¾ mile away); Children's Care Hospital & School (approx. 0.8 miles away); The First School House 1873 (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sioux Falls.
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 9, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 9, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.