BUILDING OF THE HOSPITAL From a Valley Morning Star article,January 27, 1946

Photo by Samantha & Stefanie

 

Leaders in the hospital project have emphaized their intention of adopting a building plan that will provide for future expansion, perhaps to eventually cover the entire block.

Raising the $50,000 in cash, now in the bank, for the hospital fund has been astonishingly easy, nearly everyone associated with the project will admit. There is not one organization or group that is not one organization or group that has not played a large share in obtaining funds. Each woman's club more more than than met its pledge of $500 and the Aurora Literary Club turned in over $1100.

The hospital retains its community spirit of shared involvement with a unique governing system. The Board Of Directors represents the service area and are selected primarily from community service organiztions.

The hospital retains it's community sprit of shared involvement with a unique governing system. The Board of Directors represents the service area and are selected primarily from community service organizations.

Growth of the hospital project has been one of the most noteworthy demostrations of co-operation in San Benito community life. The movement started under the leadership of Lee Roy Crawford who was then lieutenant-governor for this Kiwanis District. His suggestion that a clinic be established for the benefit of underprivlaged children recieved such enthusiastic response that it was decided other service clubs in San Benito could share in planning and financing and a hospital with larger scope for service could be built.

The original executive board included two representitives from the Kiwanis, Rotary, and Lions Clubs, and the Elks Lodge. The hospital committee or "steering" group was composed of 25 active leaders who will carry on until directors to be named in the state charter have been appointed. Application is being made for a charter naming 12 directors. Two each will be named from the sponsoring service clubs and the Elks Lodge and four will represent communities adjacent to San Benito.

Crawford headed the executive community hospital and clinic as chairman. Members are A.M. "Bill" Hervey, C.D. Oakes, J. G. McCandlees, John Benson,J.W.Spradley, Rudy Bendixen, and W.G. Plastered. They spearheaded several other active commitees that have been zealous in behalf of the hospital project.

Whether or not the old Heywood home will be razed completly or remodeled as part of a permanent hospital structure will be determined after recommendations have been received from architects. The San Antonio firm of Phelps & Dewees and Simmons has made a tentative agreement with the hospital committeeto survey the building and site.

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