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History of FGH

Drs. J.C. Powers and C. Osborne of Hampton purchased one of the first private hospitals in Franklin County.

The two doctors realized the need for a modern hospital facility to accommodate the growing numbers of patients. They approached Reverend Otto VonGemmingen and the Pastor of the old Beeds Lake Zion Lutheran Church, to propose that the Lutherans organize an association. By September, the association agreed to build a hospital in Hampton.

Construction began in December. The site was near the business portion of the city, which today is the Hampton Senior Center. It was not until August of 1915 that the Lutheran Hospital in Hampton was completed.

After three year, multiple doctors bought the old Powers and Osborne hospital and remodeled it into a new clinic for their practice. It opened that October.

Patients numbers increased over 1,000 with over 500 operations. Births in the hospital started on the rise with 100 babies born by 1931.

The hospital Auxiliary organization started as it included 100 members, as today there are over 250 men and women involved.

Board of Directors voted for improvements to the hospital, which passed. This included updating equipment and remodeling some of the patient rooms.

Official transfer of the Lutheran Hospital in Hampton was complete. The facility would now be known as Franklin General Hospital. The remodel increased the bed capacity to 43.

The counties health needs were increasing. The need for a new hospital was evident. County voters approved to build a new hospital east of Hampton on Highway 3.

The new Franklin General Hospital opened its doors. This was a one story 92-bed hospital. A combination of acute, skilled nursing and intermediate care beds were available. The combination of rooms varied for a period of time, eventually becoming 40 acute and 52 intermediate care beds.

A clinic was constructed adjacent to the hospital with Dr. Keith Hansen and Dr. Dave Wilson operating the clinic. Today this is the as Iowa Public Health Clinic.

The former Lutheran Hospital, located downtown, was converted and remodeled into a 73 bed nursing home, today this is the Hampton Senior Center.

A contract was signed with St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Mason City, a division of Sister of Mercy Health Corporation, to provide management control of Franklin General Hospital.

Franklin General Hospital Foundation was implemented.

Franklin Medical Center Inc. opened a satellite clinic in Dows, IA.

Franklin Medical Center Inc. opened a satellite clinic in Latimer, IA

FGH developed a Cooperative Services agreement with Franklin County Public Health.

Franklin General Hospital partners with Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City, Iowa. This relationship enhances the capability to integrate a health care system to provide quality primary care to the residents of Franklin County and beyond. FGH also signed a collaborative agreement with ABCM to build an attached assisted living complex.

Groundbreaking of the Franklin Prairie Apartments was in October. Franklin Medical Center Inc. changed its name to Franklin Medical Center.

The Franklin Prairie Apartments was completed and open.

Franklin Medical Center opens a satellite clinic in Dumont, IA.

FGH Nursing Facility remodel project started. The start process of the master facility plan for the future remodel of the hospital took place.

FGH Implemented Electronic Health records. The Nursing Facility remodel was completed.

Groundbreaking of construction of the new facility begins. This is a three year project and will be completed by July of 2012. Some additions includes, Administration/Business office, Physical Therapy, Cardiac Rehab, private patient rooms on medical surgical, & ambulance garage. These facility improvements will provide more space and privacy for patients and staff.

Hospital renovation was completed. In addition to the updates included in the Master Facility Plan, it included remodeling and updating the cafeteria.

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