The citizens of Madison County came together and took health care to the “next level” when Madison County Memorial Hospital came into existence in 1949. Prior to that time the hospital was located in what was more-or-less a converted private home. That changed when a new hospital was built thanks to a major fundraising effort by the people of MadisonCounty.
As is usually the case, a facility that was built to meet specific needs in 1949 needed to be renovated to keep up with changes in medicine. Such was the case for our hospital. By 2010, the facility had gone through many additions and renovations, however, half of the patient rooms were still housed in the 1949 structure. The other half of the patient rooms were located in an addition dating from the mid-1970s.
In 2009, the hospital was faced with making a very big decision. It was essential that investments be made to update the heating, ventilating and air conditioning in the facility and thought was given to taking that opportunity to renovate the patient rooms at the same time. However, an astute Board of Trustees determined that it would be financially more feasible to expand the hospital and create a new Medical Surgical wing to house patients, as opposed to renovating existing rooms. This would also allow for repurposing the former patient rooms to meet increased needs in Chronic Disease Management and Therapies and provide for better space for other hospital functions.
In early December 2010, ground-breaking was held and work began to add not only an approximately 17,900 square foot wing that would provide 25 private rooms each with bath, but, to add an additional 3,400 square feet to the Health Trust Physicians Clinic and renovate approximately 15,600 square feet of existing space to better meet the health care needs of those served by the Madison County Health Care System.
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