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MC Weekly

July 10, 2013

Saving lives for 100 years

A century-long look at Dukes Memorial Hospital.

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In 2010, a comprehensive renovation was completed of the intensive care unit and the medical/surgical floor. Most recently, a renovation of the Suite Beginnings Obstetrics Unit was completed, in addition to a renovation of the 3 West Specialty Clinic Unit. The facility received Chest Pain Center Accreditation in 2011, and Close said the hospital has some of the fastest response times in the state for chest pain and treatment.“When you look at all the resources we have as a community hospital, it’s impressive how we are able to provide a high level of service to the area,” she said.Looking back at the last 100 years, Close said she’s amazed how much the hospital has grown and expanded, and said she anticipates the facility isn’t done growing yet.“It’s a really fascinating story, and it’s one we continue to tell,” she said, noting all new employees learn about the hospital’s unique origins during orientation. “I hope we can keep that legacy alive. The future generations have an obligation to keep it alive, because in the end, we all want to make the world a little better and impact the community.”“I hope 100 years from now people will look back and see that we elevated the level and quality of care here at Dukes,” she said. “I can’t even imagine what the next 100 years will bring.”

The dates and facts for this story came from old newspaper and magazine clips and Dukes Memorial Hospital press releases.

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