A committee preparing for the 60th anniversary of Hopkins County Memorial Hospital is seeking help in getting in touch with past board members and physicians, as well as collecting memorabilia for the celebration.
Both Karen Strickland, the hospital's longest-serving employee at 40 years, and Sherry Moore, director of marketing, have been busy researching the hospital's history, but they are asking for the public's help, too.
"We’re trying to go through all the scrapbooks we have, and we've been to the genealogical society, but we'd love to have any information people have about past board members or physicians," Moore said today.
Moore can be reached at the medical center by calling 903-439-4062. Strickland's number is 903-438-4450.
W.T. Allison II is chairing the committee planning for the anniversary, which falls on Sept. 5. The committee has not set the actual date of the anniversary recognition, but it should be sometime around Sept. 5, Moore said.
The hope is that as many past board members and physicians as possible can be invited to the celebration, Moore said, but some of those people have moved on and have fallen out of touch.
"We might need addresses of people, or phone numbers, any of that contact information," she said. "If they know where someone is, they can give us that information so that we can invite them back."
Moore said there are also plans to set up a display of photos and other artifacts.
"We'd love to have any hospital memorabilia," she said.
They've already had one significant find when they learned Dan and Rebecca Loper possess a Wedgewood plate with a photo of the hospital when it opened in 1949.
Old photos and documents are certainly welcomed (and will be returned, Moore emphasized), but any type of memorabilia could qualify.
That applies especially to a period from the mid to late 1950s to the late 1960s, when the hospital's files don't have as much information as other time periods.
"We have a period of about 10 or 15 years that we don’t have a lot of stuff, but we don't know why," Moore said.
There are some very valuable human resources available, however, such as Strickland, the medical staff coordinator who has worked at HCMH since 1969.
And nine people still on the staff have worked at the medical center for more than 30 years, two of them in housekeeping and laundry.
"To have that many people who have stayed here so long, that says a lot to me about this hospital," Moore said.
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