OhioHealth Mansfield Celebrates 100 Years In Richland County

  • 5/10/2018 2:38:24 PM
  • Sartaj Singh
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - On May 10th, 1918, the 50 bed Mansfield General Hospital opened at 335 Glessner Avenue in Mansfield. 

A century later, the hospital is still up and running and is now operating at a 326-bed capacity. 

OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital celebrated 100 years in the Mansfield area on Thursday. Banners, balloons, and signage were set up across the hospital to celebrate the achievement. 

"We are the foundation in the community in healthcare. We have been here for 100 years, we're the largest employer in Richland County and in the six counties that surround us." Jean Halpin, president of Mansfield Hospital and Shelby Hosptial, said. "Our investment in this community is very important."

In 1915, a small group of community leaders had the vision to build a hospital in Richland County. A campaign raised $150,000, which is equivalent to $3.7 mullion today. Over 6,000 people donated to the fund. 

OhioHealth Mansfield provided special onesies to newborns born at the hospital. The onesies read "Made In Mansfield" to commemorate Mansfield Hospital's commitment to the newborn and his or her families health for the next 100 years.

Bundt cakes were also distributed to staff, physicians, and volunteers in the hospital. 

The anniversary also falls upon National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week. 

More than 45 associates received scholarships from OhioHealth Foundation totaling $41,000 to continue their education. 

With 100 years now under its belt, President Jean Halpin is already looking forward to the next 100. 

"Thought a lot about the next 100 years and the ability to launch us into this next century. First of all, it's on the foundation of our physicians... the ability to recruit and retain our key physicians here to help people not only to take care of them when they are sick, taking care of patients that are at risk but keeping them healthy." Halpin said. 

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