Hendrick Medical Center Celebrates 90 Years

It’s a name known all over the Big Country. Hendrick Medical Center, a place where families go for care and crisis. It’s served the community for 90 years.

Over the past nine decades, the hospital in Abilene has seen many changes, from new services to new buildings. Richard Shelburn has been one of the few that have been through the evolution for half of the ninety years.

“September 13th, 1970 is when I started at Hendrick. My journey here started at school and I graduated in 1970. Then I went to work at Hendrick in radiology as a surgical radiology tech. From there I moved up into the assistant director slot and then I moved into the director slot in 1978,” explains Shelburn, the Director of Cardiology and Radiology at Hendrick Medical Center.

Over the last 45 years, Shelburn has seen thousands of patients and many changes.

“The largest change that I’ve seen at Hendrick has been moving into the digital age. Computerization age of our images and the image distribution to our physicians. It use to be we’re looking for lost films now, you have to worry about are all the electronics working like they’re suppose to,” states Shelburn.  

Tim Riley, another long time overseer of the hospital says he too has seen an extraordinary change since he first began.

“I’ve seen tremendous growth in the hospital. The geography of the hospital has changed along with all of the additions that we’ve added,” says Riley, the Vice President at Hendrick.

Both men say 90 years of loving care and support are the foundation of this hospital.

“Exceptional care that these guys deliver to our patients and I’m very proud to be a part of that,” states Shelburn.

Riley says he hopes the hospital continues to make a big impact to the community for many more years to come.

“I want to continue to be a medical center that people can get the highest quality of care and the most advanced technology for treating their conditions for the future,” says Riley.

To celebrate the anniversary, Hendrick Medical Center is hosting a picnic this Saturday afternoon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. right across from the hospital at the Compere Boulevard, between Hickory St. and Simmons Ave.

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