December 1, 2009

SRMC Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Sumner Regional Medical Center celebrated its 50th anniversary Tuesday, December 1, 2009. A reception and tree lightening ceremony was held to commemorate the momentous milestone. This was the kick-off of a yearlong plan of recognition activities.

 

Grace Tomkins, SRMC Board of Directors Chairman and founding member of the hospital’s auxiliary, welcomed the crowd of community residents, associates and board members attending the reception.

 

“Thanks so much to all of you for coming out today to help us celebrate a special day in our hospital’s history—our 50th anniversary of providing quality healthcare services to the residents of Sumner and surrounding counties,” Tomkins stated. “We gather today both to celebrate this milestone for SRMC and to honor and thank each of you for the role you have played in our history.”

 

Tomkins shared that it has been said many times that one of the signs of a great community is a strong healthcare network. And, while Sumner Regional has seen many successes as well as challenges over the past 50 years, the physicians, associates and volunteers at SRMC have worked extremely hard to provide reliable healthcare to Gallatin and the surrounding communities, striving to keep their citizens healthy.

 

In the mid-1950s, Sumner County was growing and the health needs of its communities presented an increased demand for the various clinics throughout the area. Public officials came together, formed the Sumner County Hospital Commission, and set plans in motion for Sumner County Memorial Hospital which opened its doors fifty years ago on December 1, 1959.

 

The facility, built at a cost of $1.15M, was constructed with funding obtained from the Hill Burton Act along with state and county assistance. Sumner County made a one-time contribution of more than $270,000 to the hospital’s first budget.

Sumner County Memorial Hospital was billed as “the state’s most modern facility,” at that time and featured air-conditioning, oxygen piped through the walls, and an auxiliary heating unit. In addition to representing progressive healthcare, the hospital was also viewed as a community partner, a tradition which has continued for 50 years.

 

Among its accomplishments over those 50 years, SRMC introduced the area’s first accredited cancer services, expanded heart services to include interventional cardiology, offered the region’s first Ci® Computer-Assisted knee replacement surgery, lead the county in digital mammography and breast MRI, and offers one of the state’s only physician-certified Wound Care programs.

 

The highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of a State of Tennessee Proclamation by members of the Sumner County political delegation, State Representative Debra Maggart, State Representative Mike McDonald, and State Senator Diane Black. The proclamation, signed by all three along with Kent Williams, Speaker of the House of Representatives, reads, “…Whereas, Tennessee is fortunate to have such an excellent resource as Sumner Regional Medical Center, whose employees and physicians strive to exceed their patients’ expectations with the highest quality and most compassionate care possible; and Whereas, this General Assembly is privileged to recognize Sumner Regional Medical Center for its countless contributions to the well-being of the citizens of Tennessee, therefore, I Kent Williams, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the One Hundred Sixth General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, at the request of and in conjunction with Representative Debra Maggart, do hereby proclaim that we hereby honor and recognize the staff, nurses, physicians, and administrators of Sumner Regional Medical Center on the occasion of the hospital’s fiftieth anniversary, and wish them the best in their future endeavors.”

 

The event concluded with refreshments and the lighting of the Tower Lobby Christmas Tree by Tomkins who said, “May the light of this tree serve as a reminder of the light Sumner Regional brings to each of our patients who seek care and comfort inside our facility.”

 

 

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