Minden Medical Center is celebrating 90 years of existence, and each day last week, the employees were treated to fun ways to celebrate.
In conjunction with National Hospital Week, MMC employees began the week with a birthday week treasure hunt and coloring contest for the children and grandchildren of employees.
On Tuesday, birthday cake and ice cream were served, and on Wednesday, a cake walk took place in the cafeteria. Along with the cake walk, employees participated in a drawing for birthday gifts as well. Employees were served a free breakfast on Thursday, and for the night shift, they were served birthday cake and ice cream.
Friday was the culmination of celebration activities with a hamburger lunch and a good ole fashioned country and gospel show, featuring the hospital’s own Dawn Glass Stewart and the band Homemade Jam.
MMC began as a four-story building, known as the Minden Sanitarium in 1926, offering an X-ray department, one operating room, a room for tonsillectomies and adenoidectomies, one delivery room and an 80-bed capacity. Still using its original structure at its core, the medical center has expanded to a 161-bed capacity, offering an array of services for a population of about 70,000 people, according to MMC officials.
National Hospital Week, sponsored by the American Hospital Association, celebrates hospitals and the employees who support the health and wellbeing of their communities. The theme this year was “Health Care from the Heart.”