HCM marks 45 years in 2016
In appreciation for 45 years of continuous support, HCM invites you to a community picnic held at the Wellness Center on August 14th from 4-7pm. There will be swimming at the Wellness Center indoor pool, dinner, face painting, a bounce house and more! Join HCM in celebrating the hard work of our forefathers and the continued generosity of our community for 45 years.
On Sunday, February 14, 2016, Hill Country Memorial Hospital marked its 45th year of service to the community.
What began as an idea in 1966, was led by a group of visionaries and tremendous community support to become a nationally recognized hospital today. So much has changed in 45 years, and yet so much of what makes the hospital great remains the same, thanks to continued community involvement.
In 1967, with $650,000 from a federal grant, community members rallied and raised an additional $660,000 to build the new hospital. The initial fund drive raised more than $200,000 in one month, and by the time the hospital opened, 93 percent of households in Gillespie County had contributed to the project.
On Valentine’s Day 1971 more than 5,000 people attended the hospital’s dedication ceremony and toured the new hospital. Many spectators arrived long before the 2 p.m. program began, and cars filled every available parking spot as thousands more residents continued to arrive throughout the afternoon.
After the dedication program, Hospital Administrator Jerry Durr unlocked the door for guests who enjoyed refreshments in the hospital’s kitchen and then toured the building.
A week later the first patients were moved by ambulance from Fredericksburg Hospital and Clinic and Keidel Memorial Hospital and Clinic to Hill Country Memorial.
At the time the hospital opened, it housed 50 patient beds. Today, HCM is an 86-bed facility with a state-of-the-art ICU and nationally ranked programs for joint replacement, surgery and obstetrics among others. It is with this passion for excellent rural healthcare in this community that HCM remains a nonprofit, non-tax-supported hospital and continues to draw on local support.
A special keepsake dedication tabloid was created in celebration of the hospitals opening, which was printed and delivered throughout the town. This dedication shares, “Officially, this is the Hill Country Memorial Hospital. But to those who know its origin it is far more than a hospital. It is a monument to the hard work of people who love their community enough to join together for something it had to have. It is a tribute to the sacrifices made by the fold of Fredericksburg and the surrounding area who showed the community they could achieve something which many another cities of this size wouldn’t even attempt.”