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Cuero Regional Hospital to celebrate 50 years

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record 

The 50-year mark is a milestone for anything. Cuero Regional Hospital (CRH) will soon be able to add themselves to that half-century list this fall, as they first opened their doors on Sept. 8, 1970. Simply put, much has changed since their first patient was admitted.

Cuero Nursing Officer Judy Krupala remembers when this small town had three hospitals: Burns Hospital, Cuero Hospital Foundation (CHF) and the orthopedic hospital. “The one at Cuero Foundation was in big disrepair,” Krupala said.

“It would flood, and that’s how the community came together to build one. That’s when they formed the tax district. After that happened, they ended up tearing down the other two.”

A steering committee was organized in April 1964, followed by approval of a new hospital from the public on Oct. 30, 1965. A bond for $750,000 passed April 30, 1966, and the first concrete was poured on Oct. 16, 1968. Dr. A.J. Bohman, who Bohman Clinic was named for, was one of the more renowned surgeons in the area at the time.

He trained Dr. Raymond Reese, who’s still a part of CRH today. From an initial licensing of 92 beds, countless changes have made their mark on the hospital and community.

DeWitt Medical Foundation formed in 1995; Cuero Wellness Center opened May 2003; classes started for Victoria Nursing College Aug. 2012; administrative services agreement between the District and Methodist Healthcare Systems was approved Jan. 2016; Lynn Falcone started as CEO May 2016; and the name was officially changed to CRH Feb. 1, 2017.

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