TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

July 26, 2011

Baptist Regional Medical Center celebrates 25 years


TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — Kristie Hamon / Staff Writer

Baptist Regional Medical Center celebrated its 25th anniversary Monday. The hospital celebrated in the cafeteria with cake, punch and chocolate covered strawberries.

Kathy Durham, a registered nurse in the outpatient surgery department, has worked at BRMC for 32 years, Sherrie Mays, a nurse and manager of the women and children and surgical departments has worked there for 30 years and Kenny Kimball, a registered respiratory therapist in the education department, has worked at BRMC for 27 years.

They all began working at the old hospital on Fourth Street, or Mitchell Street as they said it was called then.

Kimball said he was the third person to walk through the door when the new building opened 25 years ago.

Mays said she remembers having to transport patients from the old building to the new one when it first opened.

Kimball said moving from the old building to the new one was like going from a Chevrolet to a Rolls-Royce.

Durham and Mays said the biggest change they have seen over the years is the technology.

Mays said now they use computerized charting, are able to do more laparoscopic (not as invasive) surgeries and even have robots operated by surgeons that perform some surgeries.

Kimball said he remembers when they got intercoms in the rooms.

“Before, we just hollered real loud.”

All three said they have been treated there and received great care.

“I manage all those people and they took care of me,” Mays said with a laugh.

All three said all of their children were born at BRMC and Mays and Durham said they were both born at the old building.

“We have a lot of long-term people who know what they’re doing,” Mays said.

Durham said patients enjoy being able to come back and see the people they know.

Kimball said BRMC has the same quality of any metropolitan city.

“Here we’ve got that southern comfort,” Kimball said.

The three said people come to BRMC from surrounding counties, including Clay, McCreary and Rockcastle, for their services.

“We want to be the leading hospital in southeast Kentucky,” Durham said.

Mays said she has worked at a couple of other hospitals but “this administration really cares for their employees.”