Sunday, January 18, 2009

History - Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital

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Hospital Celebrates Anniversary of Biggs-Gridley facility

June 30, 1999 - 9:00AM

By Eric Vodden

Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital - built in 1949 with community pledges and donations - was honored Wednesday afternoon ina 50th anniversary celebration in front of the hospital on Spruce Street in Gridley.

More than 50 people attended the ceremony that featured city representatives, and past and present hospital officials.

"Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital is a result of many people giving their own time," said Hayward Reed, a former vice-president of the hospital board. "The hospital has given much back to the community." The hospital was built following a pledge drive throughout the Biggs, Gridley and Richvale areas of Butte County, and Live Oak in Sutter County, to provide closer-to-home health care for the region. Construction started even before the City Council approved annexation of the site into the city, which was needed to extend city water lines to the new health care center.

"The hallmark of cooperation in southern Butte County is this hospital behind us," Gridley City Councilman Tom Sanford told the gathering.

Though a $17,000 federal grant was used to help buy hospital equipment, officials said a combination of local subscribers raised most of the money to build the nonprofit facility 50 years ago. By 1949, the communities of Biggs, Gridley, Live Oak and Richvale had contributed $700,000 for the 30-bed hospital.

Reed, one of the founders of the hospital, said he has "noticed changes from time to time" at the long-standing hospital.

"I think of a relatively small group of people composed mostly of farmers," Reed said. "They had the foresight to give their own money, but more importantly their own time, to support and take part in two fund drives to get a community hospital built in Gridley." Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital has grown from its initial 30 beds to its current 49 beds. It also operates Home Health Agency and Family Care Center clinics in Gridley and Live Oak.

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