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Hospital Winds Down 50th Anniversary

Posted on Tuesday, December 27th, 2022


 Local Pride: Dr. Margaret Western, M.D., clinic physician, and her office nurse Teresa Steen-Landreth, LPN, looked over the 50th anniversary publication of the Love County Health Center last week. The hospital turned 50 years old on January 30, 2022.


As the fiftieth year of the Love County Health Center in Marietta wound down this week, coworkers expressed pride and admiration for what the people of Love County have accomplished with their medical facility.

“It has been a privilege and an honor to be here for the 50th anniversary,” said hospital administrator Scott Callender. “We want to keep it going and take great care of our patients.”

Since opening with a 25-bed hospital in 1972, the county’s services have grown to include  a clinic, therapy building, expanded emergency room, two ambulance stations, and a health campus consisting of a 10-acre park, hard-surface walking trail, growers market, food pantry, and social services building.

Starting with 25 staff members in 1972, employment rose  to almost 150 workers in 2022. About fifty of them are affiliated with a robust EMS in Marietta and Thackerville, the latter of which includes EMTs, paramedics, firefighters, and casino first aid attendants for WinStar Casino.

Around the hospital, staff members offered their thoughts:

“With such an impressive beginning, I am proud to be part of this hospital,” said Maria Maynard, PA-C. “In the emergency room, we try to serve the community the best we can.”...

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