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Hospital celebrates 50 years
April 27, 2012
This year Madison County Hospital (MCH) celebrates its 50-year anniversary.
"The past five decades have been filled with changes, challenges, struggles, opportunities, and victories that have allowed MCH to become the hospital it is today," said Fred Kolb, MCH CEO. "This milestone serves as a reminder that as a community hospital what we do is not about a simple product or making a profit. It's about providing quality care and compassionate service to all those who walk through our doors."
Adah Bertha Coover donated the land to the county for a health institution in 1915. In 1958, the Madison County Commissioners — Paul Andrix, Rodger Baker and William Bell — placed a bond issue on the ballot and local voters enthusiastically approved funds to build a new hospital.
Paul Dwyer, the first chairman of the hospital board of trustees, and other early trustees including Owen Ackerman, Dorothy Blauser, Thelma Haynes, James A. Haas, and Richard Slagle, spent untold hours researching and planning for the new facility which would cost $1,154,000.
On September 11, 1962, Madison County Hospital opened its doors. County residents eagerly embraced the new hospital. In three weeks the hospital had admitted 100 patients, 40 had undergone surgery, 20 babies had been born, and 57 patients had been treated in the new emergency room. Today, MCH's Emergency Department sees more then 250 patients a week.
"I came here on graduation from nursing school in 1965," said Barbara Rife, RN. "The hospital was very busy. Everyone smoked in the building, including doctors and staff. The local funeral homes did the 'squad' runs and picked people up and brought them in!"
Throughout the years MCH has undergone many changes as it adapts to the changing healthcare environment. The first major expansion happened in 1973 when the hospital added 34 more beds, expanded the Emergency Department and Outpatient Clinic, and renovated the Intensive Care Unit.
Around the time MCH was celebrating its 25th anniversary, the hospital was starting to branch out into new fields of medicine. The first eye surgery was performed in 1985. Mammography opened at MCH in 1987 and in that year administrators worked on bringing orthopedic and neurological clinics to the hospital.
Major milestones happened at the turn of the millennium with MCH becoming an affiliate of the OSU and Mount Carmel Health Alliance on November 1, 1999. Then in 2000, with help from the MCH Foundation, the hospital constructed a new front entrance, gift shop, and registration area. Three new labor and delivery rooms were added in the Maternity Department, the Emergency Department doubled in size, and a new Surgical Center was built.
While, MCH has undergone many renovations over the years as healthcare services have evolved, what hasn't changed is the care the hospital provides.
"I feel our greatest strength is that even though we are small we are able move in large amazing ways," says Robin Connolly from nursing. "We can provide patients with more one-on-one attention that they may not get at a large facility."
MCH's medical campus has also grown over the past 50 years. In 2000, the Professional Office Building, outside of the Emergency Department, opened to physicians specialists including orthopedic surgery, endocrinology, and pulmonology. The Park Avenue Medical Building opened in 2006 housing outpatient laboratory, mammography, physical therapy, a wellness center, and physician offices.
Most recently, MCH has added high-definition equipment to surgery and updated the laboratory. The hospital has recently renovated radiology adding all new equipment, as well as new floors, furniture, and patient amenities. Looking towards the future, MCH is working towards acquiring a health information system that includes electronic medical records.
MCH has gone through many changes over the years — updating equipment, expanding the facility, and improving the quality of care provided to patients. But two things haven’t changed—the support Madison County Hospital receives from community members, and the hospital’s enduring commitment to meet the health care needs of everyone who lives and works in our service area.
"We would all like to thank patients, volunteers, and donors for their loyal support over the years," said Fred Kolb, MCH CEO. "This hospital is dedicated to Madison County — always has been, and hopes to be for the next 50 years."
MCH hopes you will join us for the year-long celebration. If you have a hospital story to share, call our Development and Marketing Office at 740-845-7050 or visit Contact Us.