Thursday, July 1, 2021, marks the 70th anniversary of Covington County Hospital, which first opened its doors on the same day in 1951.
“It is a great achievement, and there is pride and happiness throughout the county,” stated an article from the News Commercial on June 29, 1951.
More than 700 people attended an open house for the hospital on Sunday, July 1, 1951. According to a 1951 article from the News Commercial, three operations were performed on the day of the hospital’s opening and eight people were admitted.
The first baby was delivered at CCH on July 4, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Willis Bryant of Seminary. To celebrate, the family received a free trip home in a Johns Funeral Home ambulance, compliments of the Funeral Home.
The original hospital building boasted a $223,451 structure. By today’s standards that same building would cost $2,313,534.
Today, the makeup of the hospital is quite different. CCH now employees 425 as compared to 145 employees in 1976. Many renovations have taken place and services have changed throughout the years.
“If you had told me I would be working on a computer at this hospital when I started, I wouldn’t have believed you,” said Virginia Boleware, the hospital’s most tenured employee with 47 years served at CCH. “There have been so many changes through the years, but I have enjoyed every moment.”
With the additions of Arrington Living Center, eight clinics, Covid-19 testing centers and vaccination sites, CCH has consistently adapted to meet the needs of its community.
“We are thankful for the community’s continued trust and support over these many decades,” said Gregg Gibbes, CEO of Covington County Hospital. “It is our goal to be present to serve our community for seventy more years and beyond.”