The Washington Times-Herald

June 10, 2013

Our View

A century of caring at DCH

From Staff Reports
Washington Times-Herald

WASHINGTON — Chances are if you a resident of Daviess or the surrounding counties, your life has been touched by Daviess Community Hospital. We are proud to be celebrating with the hospital this weekend, as DCH marks its 100th anniversary with a reception on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

A century of medical care from hometown doctors and nurses who care about their friends and neighbors - that is so much to celebrate. Maybe you were born there. Perhaps you took physical or occupational therapy there.

Perchance you had a knee replacement, or had an X-ray taken after a visit to the emergency room. Maybe the technicians did a series of tests after you experienced chest pains. Or, maybe you are employed by the hospital and your paycheck helps support your family, and the local economy. But if you live in our community, your life has been touched by DCH.

The history of the hospital goes back to 1911 when a local women’s group stepped up to the challenge of finding a way to provide medical care to the community with a hospital. In 1913, after two years of dedicated efforts by many local citizens, Daviess County Hospital was established. A year later, its first patient was served.

The facility itself has added on to and renovated numerous times since 1913, and equipment has been updated to keep pace with today’s hi-tech medical procedures. Clinics have been constructed in every outlying rural area to reach sick people in their hometowns. Medicine and technology have no doubt evolved over the years. But the personal aspect of doctors and nurses caring for patients has not changed.

For all DCH has done over the last 100 years, we congratulate the local hospital on its anniversary. We encourage the community to join in Sunday’s celebration as we reflect and mark history. And then we must look to the future, and as a community, continue to support DCH in its endeavor to provide quality medical care.