MIAMI — What better way for Miami’s community hospital — Integris Miami Hospital— to mark its 100th anniversary than have a community celebration.
Nine-hundred and fifty attended an event Sunday, June 30 that included a cross section of activities: music, kids games, an all-American favorite for lunch — hot dogs — as well as the renaming of a portion of C Street SW “Integris Way.”
Also, Sen. Micheal Bergtrom and Rep. Ben Loring presented the hospital with a proclamation from the State of Oklahoma marking the occasion.
“One-hundred years is such a milestone and for Miami, Oklahoma, to be able to have a hospital that gives excellent health care is huge for us,” said Jonas Rabel, Integris Miami president. “There are rural hospitals closing across the state and across the country at a rapid pace and for us to be able to celebrate this centennial milestone, it is a major deal.”
James F. Robinson, president of First National Bank, provided more than $65,000 (about $1.5 million today) for seed money get the mechanism started to build a hospital for Miami.
Robinson worked in conjunction with George L. Coleman, Al Coleman and C.M. Harvey teamed up to raise the first $150,000.
There were varying amounts of donations from the community, from $7,000 to $3, a set of bed sheets to a jar of jelly and a chicken.
“Everything served a purpose, even the small items still served a purpose,” Rabel said. “Everyone’s gift at that time went to a need.”
Miami Baptist Hospital opened July 1, 1919, with a 62-bed capacity in what remains as the core of the current facility.
It was a charter member of the Oklahoma Hospital Association.
It’s part of a big year for Miami: Northeastern Oklahoma A&M also has been celebrating its 100th anniversary, the Coleman Theatre turns 90 and its the 50th anniversary of Steve Owens winning college football’s Heisman Trophy.
“This is the lifeblood of Miami, Oklahoma, paying over $30 million yearly in salaries and benefits. Miami needs this hospital,” Rabel said. “This all started with the community coming together to build this hospital. They knew they needed excellent healthcare in this town. It’s awesome to see this support today.”
“One thing about a hospital like this is it makes the community whole; it makes the community complete,” said Dean Kruithof, Miami city manager and a member of the IHM foundation board. “Everyone has their own memories of this hospital.”