May 14, 2009

SCMH Celebrating Four Decades of Service During National Hospital Week May 10th-16th

During National Hospital Week May 10th-16th Scotland County Hospital will celebrate approaching four decades of service.

Scotland County Hospital began in 1970 with the initial governing board of directors consisting of Glen Myers (chairman), Clare Morgan (vice president), 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.

But the hospital's beginnings date back prior to 1970. Stories were running in the Memphis Democrat in June of 1968 by Dorothy Childress, reporting on the drive to create a community hospital and offering citizens the opportunity to sign pledges. In '69 hospital news focused on donations from local organizations and fund-raising events to work toward the goal.

That dream came to life during the grand opening in July of 1970, with more than 3,000 guests in attendance to help open Scotland County Memorial Hospital, according to local news stories. At 8:00 a.m. July 20, SCMH opened its doors with two patients admitted.

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

Three decades later a story in the Memphis Democrat would read: "Mini baby boom hits SCMH with Seven Babies born in one 48 hour-period".

The original active medical staff physicians that manned the hospital in 1970 included John Beckert, D.O.,G.P., Mary K. Bruns, D.O., G.P. (chief-of-staff), Harlo L. Donelson, D.D.S., Earl R. Minter, D.O., G.P. (vice-chief-of-staff) and Cecil M. Simler, D.O., G.P.

In 1974 the voters of Scotland County approved a bond issue for a 10-bed addition as well as other improvements to the health care facility.

A decade later Glen Myers, Paul Drummond and Hollis Boyer marked the 10th anniversary of their service to the hospital, along with 13 SCMH employees.

Two years later, a supporter of Scotland County Memorial Hospital, Ronald W. Keller, D.O., P.C. opened his clinic practice of general medicine in 1982.

That same year, University of Missouri 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 complex, providing a two-bay emergency room, an expanded laboratory, a cardiopulmonary center, a cardiac rehab center, a physical therapy rehab center, and also included a new specialty physician outpatient clinic center, 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 near the ER.

In 1998 the continuing need to provide quality healthcare for Scotland County involved another large building project producing a new medical building.

The building houses two large reception areas, five physician offices, clinical exam rooms, a procedure room, and obstetric and gynecological exam rooms.

SCMH continues to operate Memphis Medical Services at this site as well as Wyaconda Medical Services, and Lancaster Medical Services in those communities.

In the new millennium hospitals in the region were closing their birthing departments. From this disparity came a visionary idea by the hospital's CEO Marcia Dial and the hospital board and other leaders.

Once again, Scotland County Hospital took the lead in procuring funding, hammering out statistics and plans, which included a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health.

The SCMH Women's Center featuring Childbirth and Beyond was funded by a $1,318,255 grant awarded in 2005 by the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH), and matching funds from SCMH. Together, the project's total cost was more than $2.28 million.

The hospital did not stop there. The newest additions include a new physician clinic area with special procedure and exam rooms, and physician offices, connected to Memphis Medical Services.

2008 brought even more additions including an all new Cardiopulmonary Department, a fully equipped all new Cardiac Rehab Center, also a new expanded Therapy Services Center, premiere in location.

Hospital services now available right here in Memphis include:

Emergency Department



Laboratory Services

Internal Medicine

Radiology Center

3-D and 4-D Ultrasound

PET Scanner

MRI Scanner

CT Scanner

dms* Nuclear Imaging


Ambulatory Surgery

Inpatient Surgery Suites

Cardiac Rehab Center

Cardiopulmonary Center

IV Therapy Center

Rheumatology Clinic

Oncology Clinic

Cardiology Clinic

ENT Clinic

Urology Clinic

Podiatry Clinic

Intermediate Care

Dietetic Counseling


New Women's Center


Therapy Services Center

Physical Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Speech Therapy

Skilled Care

The current SCMH physician staff includes: Bill Dixon, M.D. (family practice) Chief-of-Staff, Ronald Keller, D.O. (family practice), Julia McNabb (family practice), Celeste Miller-Parish, D.O. (General Surgery), Matt Cormier, D.O. (family practice), Brigitte Cormier, D.O. (family practice), Robert Jackson, D.O. (internal medicine / rheumatology), Jeff Davis, D.O. (family practice), Elliott Hix, D.O. (emergency medicine), J. Chad White, D.O. (family practice), and Randy Tobler, M.D. (obstetrics & gynecology) with specialists: Kelly Burchett, D.O. (ENT), Deborah Holte, D.P.M. (Podiatry), Samuel Lee, M.D. (Urology), John Pargulski, D.O. (Cardiology)

"Scotland County Hospital's continuing revolution of providing our citizens the healthcare to which they are now accustomed to, will continue with new plans and new programs, all of which will be announced in 2009 and 2010," said SCMH public information director Bud Wilson.

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