Auburn-based DeKalb Health has kicked off a year-long celebration to mark its 50th anniversary. The provider started with the opening of DeKalb Memorial Hospital in 1964 and now employs more than 600. The organization says the hospital has an annual economic impact of nearly $40 in DeKalb County and throughout northeast Indiana. January 3, 2014

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AUBURN, Ind. – Today, DeKalb Health kicks off a year of celebration and commemoration in recognition of its 50th anniversary in 2014.

Dubbed the “Miracle of Indiana” because of the immense community support that made its creation possible, DeKalb Memorial Hospital opened its doors on January 2, 1964. Over the 50 years since, it’s seen many notable accomplishments, milestones and growth, including the creation of its DeKalb Health corporate identity in 2011. Today, DeKalb Health employs nearly 600 people and brings an annual financial impact of more than $39 million to DeKalb County and northeast Indiana.

“It is incredible to experience the broad support that exists for DeKalb Health among this community, and especially in maintaining its status as an independent entity with local decision-making and focus,” says Fred Price, CEO of DeKalb Health. “As we reach our 50th anniversary, we want to celebrate our rich heritage and all the things that make this organization in northeast Indiana exceptional, including our passionate, engaged medical staff committed to providing patient-centric care.”

DeKalb Health has invested more than $75 million in capital expenditures since its opening as it has expanded facilities, increased services and improved the quality of its medical staff. The hospital saw more than 91,000 visits in 2013 and provided more than 350,000 total combined inpatient and outpatient services.

DeKalb Health will commemorate its 50th anniversary with events throughout 2014. The year of recognition officially will get under way today with a small celebration among staff and patients at the hospital.

About DeKalb Health

An independent, not-for-profit hospital located in Auburn, Indiana, DeKalb Health opened in 1964 as DeKalb Memorial Hospital. It has undergone several additions and expansions since then, including the opening of Emergency Medical Services in 1975; the completion of the Medical Arts Center East three-story wing in 1992; the Surgical Center in 2008; and new facilities for ICU, Emergency, Imaging, Laboratory and Respiratory which opened in 2011. The hospital is guided by its mission to “promote, preserve and restore health” and its vision “to be the healthcare organization of choice for patients, physicians, payers and healthcare professionals.”

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