Cumberland River Hospital Celebrates 50th Anniversary

A 50th anniversary is a special thing in any walk of life, but it's especially noteworthy when a business has been operating continuously that long.

Cumberland River Hospital (CRH) will mark that milestone with a community celebration in early June.

The community celebration is set for Saturday, June 6th, from noon until 3 p.m. at the Clay County Recreational Complex, with a full slate of activities.

The hospital opened for business in 1965 with two physicians, after sitting vacant for a while due to difficulties locating doctors to staff the facility. A lot has changed in the five decades since then, along with ownership.

CRH is now a subsidiary of Cookeville Regional Medical Center, of which Clay County native Paul Korth is chief executive officer.

"This is a significant milestone for Cumberland River Hospital, and we want to involve the community as much as we can in recognizing it," Korth said. "The community is the reason the hospital is still serving the public after 50 years, and we want to let everyone know how thankful we are to be here, and how honored we are to still be serving the community.

"We're looking for a big crowd to help us mark the occasion on June 6th," Korth said.


The day's activities

The Clay County Cattlemen's Association will be cooking at the celebration, which will also include entertainment from local musicians. County mayor Dale Reagan and City mayor Willie Kerr will be among the local elected officials who will speak that day, and hospital officials say they expect several elected officials from the state level as well.

An old story in the "Nashville Tennessean" talking about the hospital's first open house said "more than 1,500 residents of this rural Tennessee county situated among the hills of the Upper Cumberland 'inspected' their first hospital yesterday and left knowing they could be proud of it." That story also said over 700 gifts of sheets, pillow cases and towels were donated by local residents on that first open house day to help supply the new facility.


Be looking for more details

Cumberland River Hospital will have a series of historical and informative articles in print and on social media in the weeks leading up to the celebration.

"We want to remind everyone of the rich heritage associated with the hospital, and to celebrate that heritage," said Daphine Roach, CRH community relations director. "Be looking in the newspaper and on Facebook for more stories."












Cumberland River Hospital Celebrates 50th Anniversary