Scott County Mayor Jeff Tibbals (front, right), County Commission chairman pro tem Paul Strunk, and Scott County Chamber of Commerce president Wayne King assist hospital CEO Tony Taylor with removing the tarp shrouding the Pioneer Community Hospital of Scott sign as the hospital prepared to open Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. (Independent Herald photo/Ben Garrett)
Scott County Mayor Jeff Tibbals (front, right), County Commission chairman pro tem Paul Strunk, and Scott County Chamber of Commerce president Wayne King assist hospital CEO Tony Taylor with removing the tarp shrouding the Pioneer Community Hospital of Scott sign as the hospital prepared to open Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. (Independent Herald photo/Ben Garrett)

For the first time in 557 days, patients were ushered through the door of Scott County’s hospital Monday morning.

Just moments after hospital employees and local officials gathered outside the front doors of the facility to commemorate the opening of the newly-christened Pioneer Community Hospital of Scott, the back doors of the hospital were opened to welcome patients into the emergency room for the first time since the previous operators of the facility closed the doors on May 24, 2012.

“It’s a great day for Scott County,” county mayor Jeff Tibbals said. “For the last three years, the number one goal of Scott County and county administration has been to keep these doors open and get them re-opened. Today that goal is accomplished.”

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