Citrus Memorial Hospital Reflects on 50 Years in the Community

Citrus Memorial Hospital Reflects on 50 Years in the Community


– Hello, my name is Dave
Langer and I’ve been on assist with the Memorial
Hospital Board for over 20 years. I just love the hospital, period. I’ve seen it grow from
a small local hospital to the second largest private
employer in Citrus County, employing over 1,000 people. – My name is Claire Jenkins. I was married to Doctor
Randall Jenkins who practiced here in Inverness for almost 40 years. We moved here in 1962
when the hospital was a 25 bed hospital. My husband was an avid
hunter and um, back then, if he was on call he would
sleep at the hospital and many times his sons would
come to the hospital with him at night, they’d all
walk in with their rifles, put them in the doctor’s
lounge, they’d sleep and get up early the next
morning and go hunting. That’s how things have changed. If you walked into a
hospital now with rifle you wouldn’t get very far. – I’m Chuck Blasband. I was CEO at Citrus Memorial
Hospital from 1977 to 2004. Currently retired and
enjoying every minute of it. The goal of the hospital
has been to provide quality, cost-effective health care to the residents of Citrus County,
which is has provided throughout its entire existence. Members of my family, including myself, have been patients at
Citrus Memorial Hospital from time to time and
have experienced firsthand the excellent care and services
the hospital has to offer. It was my honor and privilege to be part of such an outstanding
organization for 32 years. – Hi, I’m Dolores Borgeson Troiano. I retired with 27 years of
service at Citrus Memorial. I was the purchasing
manager and when I went to work there it was 25 beds and
when I retired it was 171. – I was a patient of Doctor Jenkins and I was in the hospital and he came in one morning and he said,
“Janet, I can’t find anything “other than just your nerves. “You need something else to be doing. “We need a ward secretary on station two, “four nights a week, I know you can do it. “When you go down and sign up
to go to work for Margie Budd, “who was Director of
Nurses then, you can come “back and I’ll sign
your discharge papers.” So, I did so. Now I am a volunteer and
it is just as rewarding, if not more so because you’re
not getting paycheck for it. The volunteers at Citrus
Memorial is over 500. The hospital couldn’t function
the way it does without us. We’ve been told that by the past CEO and the CEO that we have now. – Hi, I’m Nell Mayberry and I am the office manager for Doctor Franko who is a pathologist at
Citrus Memorial Hospital. I started to work at the hospital in 1960 after I graduated from high school and going to the community
college in Ocala, and in 1962 I become
medical records librarian and worked at the hospital
until ’66 when I went to work for the pathologist. – I’m Betty Lefevers and I
came to Citrus County in 1973. I’ve worked at Citrus Memorial
as a Registered Nurse. I’ve worked in every
department except Critical Care and the operating room. I like to think that I
have been as good a friend to other people as the
friends that I have made at this hospital because it’s
been a fantastic journey. And one incident that happened,
I will always cherish, was one day I was in the
parking lot at Publix and this man had a young man
with him that looked like he was 18 or 19 and I kept thinking, why are these people staring at me? And he came over and said, “We’re not harassing you or anything, but I just wanted to tell
you that you were with my wife when my son was born.” It don’t get any better than that. – The hospital has grown tremendously. My husband really wanted to
see the Heart Unit completed, but he didn’t get to see that, but he would be proud. I used to help him recruit
doctors and their wives to come here because we had
no specialist at all here. We had three doctors, two GP’s
and a surgeon, that was it. If you needed a specialist
you had to go out of town. Now you don’t have to go anywhere. We have the best equipped
hospital in the state, I think. – Well, having been here
all of my life I’ve watched the first start of the hospital
in the, on the ground floor, whenever we’d decided that
we needed a hospital here and today it is just phenomenal the growth and what this hospital means
to me and to this community. – The biggest thing
that has happened during my tenure on the board
is the Open Heart Unit, which has now served our community with more than 500 open heart
surgeries and we’ve done somewhere between 1,500
and 2,000 angioplasties. – I love Citrus Memorial
and I always have, being from the beginning
to this present time. It’s just an honor and a
privilege to be back here and be volunteering and being a part of what Citrus Memorial stands for. – I feel the Citrus
County is most fortunate to have Citrus Memorial Health System because it has grown
as the county has grown and instead of having to go
out of the county or even out of the state for healthcare, Citrus Memorial has done a
fantastic job of keeping up with the needs of the county. – I’ve enjoyed seeing the
growth of the hospital and the community. I think we offer so much more
in the medical field now here than we did in those days. The heart surgery, all the orthopedics, the things that we didn’t
have in those early days. It’s wonderful. People used to have to go
at least to Ocala or maybe further than that to get the specialties, but now we have all the specialties here, which I think is a real
asset to this community. So, I still love Citrus
County and this is my home. (laughs) Has been for a long time.

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