by Eric Norwood, President and CEO
In 1957, one year after I was born, a group of community leaders put their hands and hearts together to create a new institution.
DeKalb General Hospital opened four years later, sprouting out of a 40-acre berry patch that "was well-known to the community because of its abundant growth of strawberries and blackberries ... The public was invited to help themselves to the delicious fruit free of charge."
So reads the wonderful history book that was written by two people who have literally invested their lives into the lives of others through our institution. Wytch Stubbs, MD, former chief medical officer, and Susan Parry, RN, former chief nursing officer, devoted four years of their lives in retirement to chronicle what I have called a "love story" ... because of the selfless service that flows out of the people who animate a community hospital.
Bob Wilson, a long-time board member, chairman of the DeKalb Medical Foundation, and a loved and respected voice in our community, often speaks of the important role institutions play in any community.