George McGovern in stable condition at Sioux Falls hospitalFormer senator injured head in Friday evening fall
By: Staff reports, The Daily Republic
George McGovern remains hospitalized today in stable condition at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center in Sioux Falls.
“Senator McGovern is alert and resting comfortably but, as with any head injury, it is important that we observe the situation closely,” said Dr. Michael Elliott, chief medical officer at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center.
The former senator, 89, was airlifted to Avera McKennan from Mitchell after falling and hitting his head Friday evening just outside Dakota Wesleyan University's McGovern Library, where he was scheduled to appear on a live broadcast of C-SPAN’s “The Contenders," a series about presidential candidates who "ran and lost but changed political history." McGovern was the Democratic presidential nominee in 1972.
Avera McKennan said in a news release that McGovern's family wishes to extend gratitude and appreciation for the many prayers and well wishes they have received. The family also requests complete privacy at this time so they may focus on McGovern's recovery. In lieu of sending flowers, the family requests that donations be made to www.feedingsouthdakota.org.
McGovern is a native and part-time resident of Mitchell, and a DWU alumnus. He served in the U.S. House and Senate and lost the 1972 presidential election to Richard Nixon. The legacy of his effort in that race was chronicled in the two-hour "Contenders" episode, which re-airs Sunday on C-SPAN. McGovern was to be interviewed live on the show, but the show went on without him. A panel of experts discussed McGovern's 1972 race and legacy, and numerous historic video clips were shown.