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History of SHLH

1906 - August; dinner at Fannie Latimer’s house to present hospital idea to community men

1906 - Sept. 13; meeting at Library Hall to draw up constitution

1906 - Oct. 2; Articles of Association are signed by nine local women

1906 - December; anonymous donation of $1,000 received

1907 - Aug. 14; Dummy Train accident in Hamlin

1907 - September; Justus Stearns donates use of his home for hospital

1907 - Women vote to name hospital Paulina Stearns Hospital after Justus Stearns' wife

1907 - October; hospital opens on a $1,000 donation and borrowed building

1908 - Nurses school is opened next door to hospital in home donated by Robert Stearns

1910 - First class of nurses school graduates

1911 - New addition to hospital added

1922 - Nurses school forced to close due to changes in state rules

1928 - By-laws amended to allow men to join Hospital Association

1929 - Bernard Ostendorf elected as first male president of Association

1936 - Merta Blaine estate leaves $70,000 to Hospital Association for new hospital

1938 - Women’s Auxiliary is formed, cornerstone is laid, construction begun

1940 - August 25; new Paulina Stearns Hospital is opened

1941 - E.K. Longley becomes administrator

1953 - New addition to hospital added

1954 - Volunteer group becomes official; volunteers named “Pink Ladies”

1955 - Hospital celebrates golden anniversary

1955 - Esther Sahlmark is honored for 50 years of service as treasurer

1963 - Land is purchased for new hospital building on US 10

1967 - June; $1.5 million Memorial Hospital opens

1967 - Al Paulus becomes hospital administrator

1973 - $1 million addition to hospital added

1973 - Ralph Cerny becomes hospital administrator

1981 - Hospital celebrates 75th anniversary

1985 - New additions added to hospital

1985 - Robert Marquardt becomes hospital administrator

1989 - Hadley Psychiatric Center opens

1992 - Memorial Family Care Center opens in Hart

1996 - Dialysis services added

1997 - $3.5 million Medical Office Building expansion

1999 - $1.4 million CT scanner added

2000 - Vascular and special procedures lab added

2003 - Second Medical Office Building constructed

2006 - Hospital celebrates centennial

2006 - Mark Vipperman becomes Hospital Administrator

2007 - Addition of 40-slice CT and fixed-base MRI units in medical imaging department

2007 - July; 8-bed “FastER” service opened for minor illness and injuries

2009 - Women's Imaging Center opens

2012 - June 18; Construction begins on $14.7 million expansion.

2013 - September 4; $14.7 million expansion opens to the public.

2013 - October 1; Integration with Spectrum Health.

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