May 4, 2006

SCMH Celebrates National Hospital Week With A Look Back In Time

Over three and one half decades ago Scotland County Memorial Hospital (SCMH) opened its doors.

Actually the hospital’s beginnings date back prior to 1970. Stories were running in the Memphis Democrat in June of 1968 by reporter, Dorothy Childress, reflecting (at that time) hope that it may still be possible to have a community hospital and where citizens could sign their pledges at either bank in Memphis.

The focus continued through early 1969 including donations from many local organizations, and fund raising events were constantly being held, all of which led to the eventual ground-breaking ceremonies.

At SCMH the first governing board of directors consisted of Glen Myers (chairman), Clare Morgan (vice present), Hollis Boyer, Leon Cowell, Paul Drummond, and P.C. Hinds.

The Administrator was Gale Robertson, and the Ladies Auxiliary listed Beverly Daggs (president), Helen Cone (vice president), Marilyn Kittle (secretary), and Jean Crawford (treasurer), as its members.

The day of the grand opening in July of 1970 there were over 3,000 in attendance according to local news stories. At 8:00 am July 20, SCMH opened its doors with two patients admitted. Nationally, at that time, the average length of time for a patient’s hospital stay was 4, 5, or 6 days.

The first baby to arrive at SCMH was born to Mr. & Mrs. Kent DaVolt, arriving at 9:42am, Tuesday, July 21, 1970. The hospital’s first set of twins was born to Mr. & Mrs. Robert Azinger of Memphis, on March 26, 1971.

In February of ‘74 the voters of Scotland County approved a special bond issue to expand the hospital with a 10-bed addition as well as other improvements to the health care facility.

In 1980, at the 10th anniversary, 13 employees were honored for 10-year service, and at that time, the Board of Directors that had been serving since the hospital’s opening included Glen Myers, Paul Drummond, and Hollis Boyer.

A supporter of Scotland County Memorial Hospital, Ronald W. Keller, D.O., P.C. opened his clinic practice of general medicine in 1982, known today as “Keller Medical Center” Hwy. 15 North, in Memphis.

During the ‘80’s there was also a swing-bed program approved, Missouri University helicopters began 24-hour emergency services to SCMH, and new services offered at SCMH included an emergency “lifeline” program for people in their own homes.

In 1995 the hospital dedicated one of SCMH’s largest expansions, an outpatient/emergency services complex adjoining the south-side of the hospital, providing a two-bay emergency room, expanded laboratory, cardiopulmonary center, cardiac rehab center, therapy services center, and also included a new specialty outpatient clinic, plus a new 2-bay ambulance base.

Additionally that same year the “Cradle-Of-Care” Birthing Center was improved and expanded as well as the Radiology Department which was enlarged, expanded and relocated to near the E.R.

In 1998 the continuing need to provide quality healthcare for Scotland County involved another large building project producing a new medical building into which Robert Schneider, D.O. board certified in family practice, moved his existing practice. The building houses two large reception areas, five physicians, clinical exam rooms, and a procedure room.

In 2005 SCMH once again took wings of expansion with a new Womens Center connected to the eastward side of the SCMH complex, completely dedicated to women.

The WOMENS CENTER, a first for Northeast Missouri, provides a complete home-like atmosphere for experiencing the delivering of your newborn.

Mothers-to-be will enjoy their healthcare support during the “Journey-To-Birth” starting with the pre-natal phase, continuing with the birthing day and learning all about their new daily routines during the postnatal phase of the newborn experience.

Patients will discover the comfort and ambiance of a home-like atmosphere with birthing rooms containing, fetal monitoring & diagnostic equipment housed inside oak cabinetry, oak delivery beds, and the luxury of a Jacuzzi and a walk-in shower modular, that exemplify a new era of architecture-design, formulated just for women.

The new center also includes women’s inpatient and outpatient surgeries provided with a feminine touch of tender-loving-care and an appreciation for the needs of the modern woman.

SCMH operates 3 healthcare satellite services: Memphis Medical Services, Wyaconda Medical Services, and Lancaster Medical Services.

The current SCMH physician medical staff includes: Ronald Keller, D.O. (emergency room), Robert Schneider, D.O. (family practice), Celeste Miller-Parish, D.O. (General Surgery), Michael Whitlock, D.O. (family practice), Bill Dixon, M.D. (family practice), Matt Cormier, D.O. (family practice), Brigitte Cormier, D.O. (family practice), Jeff Davis, D.O. (family practice), and Robert Jackson, D.O. (internal medicine / rheumatology).

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