After 20 years, Eufaula Municipal Hospital Finally A Reality
Approximately over 1000 residents turned out Friday April 23, to take part in the dedication ceremonies at the Eufaula Municipal Hospital. The project, which has been a dream for the past 26 years has finally become a reality through the efforts of many. Along with providing the area with comprehensive, acute medical care, the 33 bed facility has a view overlooking Lake Eufaula that the state lodges could be envious of.
Mayor Joe Johsnon recognized Felty Wallis, long time McIntosh Co. Health Administrator, who recently retired, along with former Mayor Tully O’Reilly, as paying a big part in getting the hospital off the ground.
Governor David Boren, honored guest and keynote speaker, cut the ribbon that should bring citizens to within thirty days of having their own 33 be Community Municipal Hospital.
“It’s a lifelong dream about to come true” Various citizens commented after touring the modern equipped facility. “This is what we need more of…old fashioned community spirit,” Governor Boren told the large number of area residents. “This hospital is her because you care…you care about your friends and relatives.”
Pat O’Reily, an aide to U.S. Congressman Ted Risenhoover presented an American Flag to Mayor Johnson to be flown over the new hospital of behalf of the Congressman. The flag had previously flown over the Capitol in Washing D.C, on April 12, 1976. Okay said the hospital could not have become a reality without the cooperation and hard work of the people of Eufaula. He said the Hospital which should open in the next 30 says will always have one person in mind, the patients.
Governor Boren, as well as most people resent could be heard throughout the afternoon commenting on the beautiful panoramic view of Lake Eufaula from the hospital hilltop location. State representative Charles R. Peterson was also present for the ceremonies. Hospital employees, Auxiliary members and volunteers worked long house for the past few days making the hospital facilities ready for the dedication ceremony. Johnson praised everyone who had helped.
Following the ceremony and ribbon cutting by Governor Boren, local citizens as well as guests toured the hospital. Refreshments were served by the hospital auxiliary to the hundreds of guests. Citizens who were unable to tour the hospital during the open house are welcomed at anytime, Mayor Johnson stated.
Cheerleaders from the high school raised the flags, American and Oklahoma and Bicentennial, while John Bond accompanied with a trumpet solo of The National Anthem. Jim Young, Bicentennial Chairman led crowd pledging allegiance the flag. The Invocation given by Rev. Kenneth Shaw.