Kiwanians hear hospital history

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

“I grew up in Bonifay and eventually went to school at Florida State University,” said Hawkins. “That’s a lot of student loans and on top of that while I was in college I decided to get married, which meant more debt. During my second year Doctors Memorial Hospital gave me a scholarship and took a huge burden off me and they’ve been a huge support.”

Hawkins said it was “amazing to see that we offer a lot of services and much more then anyone realizes.”

“It was revolutionary what we could do with what we had,” said Hawkins. “Electronic charting was really nice for sending and receiving information to and from facilities with such ease. It greatly improved the quality of care.”

He said that DMH had “all you needed from a large hospital right here at home.”

“I’m very proud of our hospital and I’m very proud of our community,” said Hawkins. “You’d be surprised at what we can offer.”

DMH Administrator JoAnn Baker asked for the community’s support.

“You should be very proud of your hospital,” said Baker. “We need your support and your input. You might think we’re magicians the way we put $2.5 into relieving debt to our patients and still be able to continue on, but this is a community hospital and if it wasn’t for the support of the community we wouldn’t have been able to make all that go away.”

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