The Best of Both Worlds

May 5, 2017

Peter Lovas is a lifelong Hillsboro resident.

Peter is found working on the family farm south of town most days — at age 69, he claims to be semi-retired but shows little sign of slowing down.

Lovas says he can’t imagine living anywhere else. He raised his family here and values the quality of life and tight-knit community.

“Everybody knows everybody, and more importantly, everybody supports everybody,” he says. “That’s the big thing.”

A Thriving Small Town

Peter believes the rural town is prospering and continues to welcome young families and new businesses. Hillsboro has a bright future ahead, with a commitment to health care.

“There’s a reason why young families come here. We’ve got the new Sanford Clinic with two wonderful doctors, good nurses, and good support. The clinic is the perfect place to bring a sick child — we’re very blessed with that,” Lovas said.

“The community has really benefited from Sanford’s leadership, and the leadership of the doctors.”

He emphasizes the importance of the assisted living apartments and the long-term, skilled care facility.

“Without community support and the connection to Sanford, all of these services couldn’t survive, or more importantly, thrive,” he said. “We wouldn’t have a future if we weren’t connected to something big.”

A Survivor

Lovas himself is a three-year survivor of throat cancer. He is diabetic and manages a heart condition.

“I know too many doctors by their first names,” he chuckles. “I don’t look very good on paper but I consider myself to be pretty healthy. I’m really doing pretty good!”

For him personally, it’s a comfort and a convenience to have Sanford Health Hillsboro in the community. The local clinic and medical center support emergency services and make routine, primary care accessible and connecting Peter to the specialists at Sanford Health in Fargo.

“We’re really lucky here in Hillsboro. We have services here, and specialists only about 35 miles away. The communication between them is instant,” he says. “It’s the best of both worlds.”

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