by Graham Sturgeon, co-editor

98-YEAR-OLD IRENE HOSKING, a member of the original Pleasant View staff in 1953, delighted the crowd with a history lesson and participated in the ceremonial groundbreaking of the new Pleasant View facility Wednesday, June 29. She also joined with the large group of community leaders and Pleasant View representatives later in the program for a balloon launch that was meant to inspire everyone to “keep looking up and ahead as this history-making project comes to life,” according to Pleasant View Interim Director Bill Hekker. (Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)


Irene Hosking remembers working as one of the first registered nurses in the original Shiawassee “county hospital” after serving in Australia during World War II. By the time voters passed a millage to build the new Pleasant View Hospital in 1952, she was the hospital superintendent. Even though it took on the additional name of Shiawassee County Medical Care Facility, it will always be Pleasant View to her.

Hosking, still as sharp and witty as ever at age 98, and probably even more adorable, was honored Wednesday, June 29, as she joined community leaders and Pleasant View representatives to break ground on the largest Shiawassee County construction project in years. The 103,000-square-foot, 10-acre, $23 million facility, is expected to open in late 2017, and Hosking is looking forward to seeing the new facility.

The new Pleasant View will be a single story facility, located in The Commons medical care consortium on E. M-21 in Caledonia Township, which was initiated by the Memorial Healthcare Development Corporation. The Commons currently includes The Meadows of Owosso, an assisted living center, and HDI Community Medical Center, which provides medical and dental for the uninsured or under-insured.

Carrie Rathbun Hawkes of Rathbun Public Relations began the ceremony that preceded the groundbreaking and balloon launch. Other project contributors spoke as well, with Shiawassee County Commissioner and candidate for 85th District Rep. Hartmann Aue, incoming Pleasant View Administrator Shana Espinoza, Pleasant View Board member Retta Parsons, Memorial Healthcare CEO/President Brian Long, and Memorial Healthcare Development Corp. President Jim Slingerland all taking turns at the microphone.

“It’s important to know that nothing changes with ownership or operations at Pleasant View,” said Espinoza. “Our motto is ‘Caring For Life,’ and it still rings true. We know our residents by name, as well as many of their family members, and much of the staff has been with us for many years. That philosophy will carry over to the new facility and allow us to help many more people for years to come.”

Each speaker praised the team effort that has made the new Pleasant View facility possible. Parsons thanked the Board of Commissioners, who voted to allow Pleasant View to build the new facility and helped to obtain lower interest financing, along with Memorial Healthcare and the Memorial Healthcare Development Corp. for their instrumental help during the planning stages.

Pleasant View Breaks Ground on $23 Million Facility was last modified: July 5th, 2016 by Karen Elford