Cookeville’s public hospital began as a 15-bed private clinic built by a local surgeon just off the town square in 1921. Bought by the city of Cookeville, Tennessee, in 1927, City Hospital was supervised by head nurses until 1950, when the city finished building a new hospital, Cookeville General, on the west side of town. Five physicians and 33 nurses and staff members cared for the patients admitted to the new hospital in its first year.
Now, more than 60 years later, Cookeville Regional Medical Center employs a staff of more than 2,000; has more than 200 on its active and courtesy medical staffs; and is a national award-winning, state-of-the-art regional medical center that serves the entire 14-county Upper Cumberland region.
When you gaze up at the gleaming new North Tower of Cookeville Regional Medical Center and see the hundreds of staff members and visitors bustling through its pristine new hallways, it’s hard to imagine what the hospital was like more than 60 years ago, when the modest, one-story Cookeville General Hospital opened on the site of the current William Francis Professional Office Building.
From five staff physicians to more than 200, from 38 employees to more than 2,200, the years between 1950 and today might as well be over a century, so much has changed. What remains the same, though, is the simple mission of coming to the aid of people when they need you most.
It began when directors of The Foundation at CRMC, searching for ways to commemorate Cookeville Regional's 60th anniversary, considered how easily the details of such a complex story might be lost over time.
What followed was a three-year project that has resulted in "The People's Hospital: A History of Cookeville Regional Medical Center, 1950-2010," a 128-page volume filled with more than 200 photos and a historical narrative based on material gleaned from more than 50 written sources and 45 interviews with Cookevillians deeply involved in the hospital's growth.
Commissioned by The Foundation at CRMC and penned by local author Laura Clemons, the volume traces the origins of Cookeville’s public hospital, which began in 1921 as a 15-bed private clinic built by a local surgeon just off the town square, and chronicles the intricate details of the growth, the trials and the triumphs that have brought Cookeville Regional to its current status as a national award-winning, state-of-the-art, regional medical center.
Own a Piece of CRMC History
You now have the opportunity to enjoy this valuable piece of Cookeville history for yourself for only $25. Quantities are limited, so don't miss your chance to get an inside look into a true community success story. To order, call the Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation at 931-783-2637