NNRH Celebrates Elko's Centennial By Unveiling Baby Photo Boot

May 1, 2017

On May 1st, 2017, Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital unveiled the Centennial Boot that it sponsored as part of the City of Elko's Centennial Celebration.

The six-foot-tall plaster boot features a collage of 265 baby photos that were submitted by community members. All of the infants appearing on the boot were born at a hospital in Elko over the years -- either at NNRH, the old Elko General, or one of the pre-1920 clinics.

"This has been such a fun project to work on because we've really seen the history of Elko come alive in these baby photos," said Steve Burrows, director of community relations at NNRH. "We have photos going all the way back to the 1800s right up to pictures of babies born a few weeks ago."

Volunteers worked many hours to label, print and crop each baby photo and then apply the pictures to the boot using decoupage. They also included historical photos of the different hospitals that have served Elko County over the years.

"It's humbling to think that we at NNRH are part of a long line of healthcare professionals who have worked to make Elko healthier," said Rick Palagi, CEO of NNRH. "Although there have been incredible advances in medicine, our mission remains the same as that first doctor in that first clinic back in 1869. We're here to provide our friends, neighbors and fellow community members with the highest quality care possible. We hope this boot will serve as a testament to that commitment."

Volunteers who worked on the boot include (from left): Tami Kiehn,
Sue Herrman, lead artist Vicki Palagi, and Yvonne Moore.

The NNRH Centennial Boot is on display in the hospital lobby adjacent to the gift shop. Community members are invited to visit the hospital and see it for themselves. Just for fun, folks are challenged to find the oldest picture on the boot.