August 21, 2018

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Supporting 100 Years of Your:Life
MMHD in the 1970"s
The 1970’s brought change to Mayers Memorial Hospital District (MMHD). After a strong effort and victory in keeping the hospital open in the 1960’s and forming a district in 1969, MMHD found the need for expansion.

A 10-bed convalescent wing was completed in 1973. The community once again rose to the occasion and raised over $90,000 towards the $150,000 project. Once completed the addition provided 10 patient rooms, a nurse’s station, utility room, two storerooms and a sunroom. At this time, the hospital already had more patients signed up for the rooms than could be accommodated.

The new wing was dedicated to Ed Bruce to honor him for the many years of hard work he had put into the hospital. Bruce was the president of the hospital board.

Through the 1970’s, under the leadership of Administrator Everett Beck, MMHD made great strides. New equipment, doctors, surgeons, community philanthropy and dedicated employees established MMHD in healthcare.

In 1975, MMHD took over the Ambulance service in the Fall River Valley. Yet again in 1976, expansion was needed. Plans for an additional 17 beds were made and executed.

The 1970’s also saw the Hospital Ball, many volunteer hours, community donations, new ambulances and the continued effort to make MMHD a quality healthcare facility.

Notable dates in the 1970’s:

1970 - Everett Beck became hospital administrator
1973 - 10 bed convalescent wing complete
1974 - Voters defeat 10-cent tax
1975 - Hospital takes over ambulance service
1976 - New ambulance received
1976 - Plans for 17 bed expansion

We hope to see you at the Inter-Mountain Fair August 30 - September 3 to share more with you about the history of MMHD

Annual Grand Camp Ride
Wagon and team driver Tom Ricker and his team of draft horses, Jack and Jill gave the Chris Dolman grandchildren a look at what pioneering days were like. Tom and his team gave the kids a wagon ride for he Annual Grand Camp that the Dolmans have for their grandchildren. The Dolmans create a different theme each year and this year the theme was “Wild, Wild West.” Chris says. “We wanted them to experience a glimpse of life from pioneer days. The wagon ride, which went most of the way down our road in Pittville was the culminating activity on the third day of Grand Camp. The kids had already spent a day at the one room school house at the museum, participated in gold panning, tin punching, bread making and butter churning; just to name a few of the “olden days” activities.” Dolman says it was a wonderful experience.