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Dukes Memorial Hospital Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Celebration planned during National Hospital Week

Peru, Ind. (May 9, 2013) – To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Dukes Memorial Hospital, hospital administration and staff would like to invite the public to our 100th Anniversary Celebration being held during National Hospital Week on Tuesday, May 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. Bring the entire family for food, games and activities with our staff! Meet some of our physicians and learn about your local hospital. Hot dogs, drinks, chips and cookies will be provided to all who attend. Prizes and giveaways will also be distributed.

Dukes Memorial Hospital’s heritage is one of great dedication, compassion and service to all individuals in our community and each of the communities in which we serve. In 1908, Captain Aaron Dukes contributed $35,000 to build the first portion of our hospital. Unfortunately, Captain Dukes died before the building was completed and didn’t get to enjoy the benefits of his initial investment. During the great flood of 1913, the hospital became a refuge for the sick and injured as the floodwater reached 15 feet. Since the hospital was situated on one of the highest points in the county, individuals in the community were able to take refuge inside the facility. During this time, citizens of Miami County raised an additional $5,000 for furnishings and equipment for 35 beds to turn the building into DMH.

The hospital and grounds were deeded to the county in 1928 with the understanding that Miami County would financially maintain the institution and that an addition would be built. A $255,000 expansion was completed in 1928 and the county commissioners appointed a group of nonpartisan trustees to oversee the hospital. In 1982, the original hospital building was demolished to make way for the DMH Professional Building. DMH has undergone many major expansions in response to the changing needs of our community. 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.

“We are very excited for the opportunity to celebrate this special milestone, our centennial anniversary, with our community,” stated Debra Close, CEO. “We continue to be committed to providing the highest level of care to our community, utilizing some of the most talented physicians and innovative technology the industry has to offer, and we look forward to serving our community for another 100 years!”

Dukes Memorial Hospital is a health care organization with the primary mission of offering high quality, acute heart care and preventative medical care in a caring and compassionate manner to all people who live in, work in, or visit Miami County and its surrounding areas. Dukes Memorial Hospital is committed to building a healthier community. For more information on Dukes Memorial Hospital, contact Courtney Ogletree, Director of Marketing, at (765) 472-8016 or cogletree@dukesmemorialhosp.com

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For Further Information Contact:

Courtney Ogletree
Director of Marketing
Dukes Memorial Hospital
765.472.8016
cogletree@dukesmemorialhosp.com

 

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