Kiwanians hear hospital history

Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 09:45 AM.

BONIFAY — Several were present on behalf of Doctors Memorial Hospital to give a presentation at the Bonifay Kiwanis meeting held on Wednesday, March 13.

“We are a community hospital,” said DMH Patient and Public Relations Director Brenda Blitch. “That means we are invested in the community and we’re governed by the community.”

Blitch explained that Doctors Memorial Hospital was a community hospital and that they had a Board of Trustees, which is a five-member board of local citizens appointed by Florida’s Governor each serving four-year term and a Doctors Memorial Hospital Foundation, which raises money for the hospital.

She gave a quick history of the new Doctors Memorial Hospital, starting with purchasing the land in 2002 and holding a land dedication ceremony that year and on Valentine’s Day 2007 they held a ground-breaking ceremony.

“What a celebration we had that day,” said Blitch. “We did something that was never thought possible. With a lot of hard work and perseverance we made it happen.”

On April 1, 2008 the hospital held their Grand Opening.

Blitch said since the opening of the hospital in 2008 there has been a 133 percent increase in patients.

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