It’s Franklin Hospital’s golden year
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Franklin General Hospital opened on April 1, 1963, with 146 beds. It grew steadily over the next few decades, adding nearly 160 more beds, an emergency department, hospice and psychiatric units and a parking garage, and changed names twice. The adjoining Orzac Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation, a 120-bed facility named for one of the hospital’s founders, Dr. Edward Orzac, opened in January 1989.
In 1995, Franklin joined the North Shore-LIJ health system, which officially took over ownership of the hospital in 2002.
Other ideas to mark the 50th anniversary include a car raffle and expanded community outreach programs. Hottendorf, who chairs the anniversary committee, gave her members a simple charge for the anniversary year: “Let’s make it golden.”
The 50th anniversary, she said, can be a great opportunity for the hospital to reach out to the community and highlight its services. She added that community awareness should remain a focus for the year, even as the committee plans celebratory events.
“I think 50 is so monumental because we’ve come so far and we’re going to go even farther,” Hottendorf said. “We want to be here for another 50 years.”