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Legends of Medicine

November 11, 2010
By Kevin Sweeney, Journal Editor

NEW ULM - New Ulm Medical Center announced its 2010 Legends of Medicine honorees on Thursday, selecting one of the founders of the present day Physicians Group and a longtime OB nurse and community activist for the awards.

Marlys Zetah and the late Dr. Howard Vogel were both selected not only for their work in the medical field, but for their community activitsm.

Lori Wightman, NUMC Administrator, said Vogel, who practiced for 46 years in New Ulm, was instrumental in bringing the four private clinics in New Ulm together to found what is now the Physicians Group of New Ulm.

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Lori Wightman announces 2010 Legends of Medicine honorees

"Patients came from all over to see this physician, who had no scheduled appointments. He knew the names of all of his patents, as well as their immediate and extended family. He did home visits for patients who couldn't climb the steps to his office."

Vogel was active in the community as well. According to The Journal's archives, he spearheaded the creation of the Highland Manor Corporation and the building of the first nursing home in New Ulm. He was active in New Ulm Industries, Inc., which brought several new businesses to town in the 1950s. He was chairman of the committee to establish a Mental Health Center for Brown and adjacent counties, and was the chairman of the building fund committee to enlarge and improve Union Hospital in New Ulm.

He was an avid Rotarian, and through his insistence and financial support, Rotary helped establish the first Heritagefest in the 1970s. Vogel Arena, now Vogel Fieldhouse, was named in his honor for his support of the facility.

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New Ulm Medical Center announced its 'Legends of Medicine honorees on Thursday. Honorees this year include the late Dr. Howard Vogel, and Marlys Zetah. Pictured above are (from left) Sally Worku of St. Paul and Dr. Ann Vogel of New Ulm, daughters of Dr. Howard Vogel, and Zetah.

Two of his daughters, Dr. Ann Vogel of New Ulm and Sally Worku of St. Paul were on hand to accept the award in his name.

Zetah worked as a nurse for 32 years, helping deliver babies in the OB unit.

"She has been an inspiration to many people and has left quite an impression," said Wightman. "She is the kind of person who would give you the shirt off her back. Known for her calm, even serene demeanor during a crisis - many remember the time during a routine delivery that she put her head outside the door and calmly asked for another warmer for the unexpected second baby. That story is still talked about in OB even though it was nine years ago."

Zetah has been active in many community agencies, including the Red Cross, and her church. She is one of the organizers of the annual CROP Walk in New Ulm, which raises funds to co

mbat hunger around the world and at home.

The Legends of Medicine honorees will be formally recognized on Dec. 16 as part of the New Ulm Medical Center Board of Directors Annual Meeting.



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