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Hamilton Health Care System
After the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, the Dalton area realized the vital need for a hospital. Funds were secured through donations from both Crown Cotton Mills and several local physicians, and in May of 1921, Hamilton Memorial Hospital was dedicated on National Hospital Day.
This year, Hamilton Health Care System (HHCS) is celebrating its centennial anniversary. It’s hard not to make the connection that Hamilton’s hundred years of existence is currently flanked by global pandemics – it originated out of necessity following the Spanish flu pandemic, and currently, it’s still navigating the healthcare needs that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. However, doing its utmost to serve the community has always been at the forefront of its mission, no matter the decade.
What started with one facility – Hamilton Memorial Hospital – has become a much bigger, far-reaching system. In 1956, a more modern hospital was built in Dalton to meet growing needs, and it was renamed Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) in 1982 to reflect its expanded role as a regional provider. Today, HMC is the flagship facility for the entirety of HHCS, which now includes nine other affiliates.
Throughout its history, Hamilton has achieved several firsts – such as featuring the first hospital in the state certified to accept Medicare patients and the first hospital in the country to use Prismax, an advanced kidney therapy system. The healthcare system has also dedicated itself to offering innovation in treatment, which can be found in places like their Peeples Cancer Institute.
Jeff Myers, Hamilton’s CEO, believes that this kind of forward thinking is why the hospital system is still thriving today. “This has allowed us to develop ever-evolving improvements in technology, pharmacology, and treatments, and it has ensured that we have the capabilities to provide the best, most innovative treatments for the region,” he explains. Being proactive about the advancement of medicine and technology while still keeping a patient- and community-focused outlook has not only established HHCS as an asset to the region, but has also contributed greatly to its longevity.
“Hamilton is continuously evolving to advance healthcare,” Myers says. “An example of this is the development of Hamilton’s Cardiovascular Institute, as well as the many other new services and treatments we have on the horizon. We will continue to do everything we can to always serve the healthcare needs of our friends, families, and neighbors across the region.”