Committee shares Kremmling hospital’s history with the community
April 20, 2008
Several months ago the Kremmling Memorial Hospital Board of Directors requested that a committee be formed to research and collect historical information about the hospital, its services and its doctors throughout past decades for posterity.
The community responded quickly with nearly a dozen volunteers ready and willing to research leads, scan decades of newspaper archives, organize materials and record dates and events. Several other people, local and throughout the nation, contributed stories, information and materials. It quickly became evident that locals appreciate their hospital and want others to know its roots.
“It’s important to preserve our history for people in the future to enjoy,” KMHD Board of Directors President Jeff Miller said. “It’s also important so others can appreciate just how far we’ve come and to understand how tenacious the hospital has had to be at times for survival.”
Miller also mentioned that significant history is in the works right now in a way never seen before.
“We are preparing for our next generation’s health care in the spirit of county-wide collaboration for the greater good of all.”
Those with a passion for history are sure to take interest in the black and white documentary film on rural health care with Kremmling as its focus, old advertisements promoting narcotics as healthy elixirs, black and white photography dating back decades, old newspaper articles, a 1947 Time Life Magazine featuring a famous local physician and more.
History teachers are also encouraged to invite their students as the information provided is sure to influence young people’s understanding and appreciation for local health care history.
The community is invited to join the Hospital Historical Committee today from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the new K-8 Community Room in Kremmling, for lively discussions with committee members and explanations of hospital history. For more information call me at 724-3165.
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