Methodist Hospital Union County
More Than 40 Years Serving the Community
Methodist Hospital Union County has been affiliated with Methodist Hospital
since September 1, 1987, and the facility marked 40 years of overall service
to the community on April 13, 2010.
Pat Donahue, who served as Vice President and Administrator at Methodist
Hospital Union County from January 1987 to December 2016, explained, "Our
Hospital opened on April 13, 1970, as Union County Hospital, built and
operated by Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). The following year,
the doctor's clinic building behind the Hospital was constructed."
In September 1984, a contest to rename the Hospital was held. Phillip Railey
was the winner of a $500 U.S. Savings Bond for providing the name chosen
- Valley View Medical Center. In July 1986, the countywide emergency ambulance
service contracted with the Hospital to operate from that site.
Joining Methodist Hospital
In October 1987, the facility was purchased by Methodist Hospital and renamed
Union County Methodist Hospital. The name changed slightly in late 1998
when Methodist Hospital announced a name change and new logo. At that
time, Union County Methodist Hospital became Methodist Hospital Union County.
In addition to the 25-bed acute care wing, a 16-bed wing was operated as
an Extended Care Facility. Pat Donahue spoke on the Hospital’s expansion
and new affiliation:
"The people of Union County have supported this Hospital over the
years, and are proud to have it here in their community. We feel privileged
to have played a role in bettering the health status of several generations
of our citizens.
"As we make plans for the future, to stay progressive an in touch
with the needs of those we serve, it is interesting to look back and see
where we have been - to recall how things have changed."
The Hospital operated as a 54-bed acute care and long term care facility
until January 2001. At that time Methodist Hospital Union County became
a Critical Access Hospital and, as such, reduced the number of acute care
beds to 25, maintaining the 16 long term care beds. In April 2008, the
Hospital closed the LTC Unit and converted all of its rooms to private rooms.
The Hospital Today
Methodist Hospital Union County now employs approximately 170 women and
men and has a medical staff of six active staff specialists and over 50
others on the courtesy staff.
The Hospital offers 24 hour emergency room service, a Hospital-based ambulance
service and a full range of diagnostic tools ranging from spiral CT scanning
to ultrasound and mammography. Physical Therapy, Cardiopulmonary, Surgical
Services and Laboratory testing are available, too.