Hundreds gathered on Tuesday to help Wilbarger General Hospital celebrate 50 years of service to the community.
Rev. Irl Holt opened the event with a prayer, giving thanks for the vision of the community to build the hospital and asking divine oversight for the hospital’s future.
Hospital CEO Dennis Jack received a commemorative 50-year plaque from the Texas Hospital Association and a flag that had flown over the U.S. Capital from U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry.
“We want to thank the people that came before us. The people that had the vision fifty years ago to start this. The doctors that have helped it grow, the nursing staff, the rehab staff, the lab, the wonderful housekeepers, the people in our dietary department and you — the public that supports our hospital. We couldn’t be here without you and we plan on being here 50 years from now. Thank you very much” Jack said.
“Not only is this a 50th anniversary celebration for the hospital, it’s also a 50th anniversary in another sense because Wilbarger General has been a member of the Texas Hospital Association for 50 years. We are here to congratulate you on a big day. Keep up the good work,” Al Goforth, of the Texas Hospital Association said.
“On behalf of congressman Mac Thornberry I’d like to present this flag to you that was flown over our nation’s capital in honor of your 50th anniversary,” Mike Lytle, representative from Rep. Thornberry’s office said.
Food trucks, games, activities, two helicopters, and free snacks were available — with a performance from the Chris Shackelford Band.