Hospital 50th salutes volunteers, staff

Large crowd captivated by history, entertaining speakers

Carole Rooney (photos by Carole Rooney)

Free Press

Many memories and laughs were sparked at the 100 Mile District General Hospital (OMH) 50th Anniversary Celebration Tea on July 22, which attracted a good turnout from the community.

Master of ceremonies, Interior Health (IH) acute care health service director Barb Tymchuk, welcomed the crowd packed into the South Cariboo Health Centre cafeteria, and noted some major changes made to the hospital since 1966.

“Over the past 50 years, the hospital has had major changes to both the building and the services offered.

“OMH is truly a flagship model with all of the services [provided] under one roof, and what’s even more impressive is the community spirit and the commitment to this hospital, and so I applaud everyone.”

Tymchuk, Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett and many of the other guest speakers commended the fundraising and volunteers that helped found, develop and equip the health centre during the past half century.

“I had the privilege of being a patient in the hospital [back] when there were 36 beds and one doctor,” said Barnett.

“You know, it was like going on a holiday [she joked], if you could get a touch of pneumonia, you could get in here for three weeks, full service … it was wonderful.”

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