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  • This 1960 ballot asks voters to support or oppose the formation of Public Hospital District No. 1. The results? 4023 = Yes / 1590 = No
  • Like any major undertaking, it all starts with a plan. View the original blueprints for ‪‎KVH‬ Hospital. (Includes the first private patient rooms!)
  • KVH Hospital blueprints
  • KVH Hospital blueprints
  • KVH Hospital blueprints
  • KVH Hospital blueprints
  • KVH Hospital blueprints
  • (Volunteer submission) Long before he began volunteering at KVH Hospital, Wyman Renfrow had mixed emotions when he learned that in 1964 the new hospital would be built on the grounds where he'd enjoyed the circus as a young boy.
  • The community chips in as KVH prepares to open the new hospital during a very snowy December 1964
  • On December 29, 1964, the first patients were received at KVH Hospital.
  • KVH Hospital open house, December 1964
  • KVH Hospital open house, December 1964
  • KVH Hospital opens -- just in time!
  • Meet Maxine Webster, mother of the fourth baby born at KVH Hospital. (Story)
  • LDRP (Labor, Delivery, Recovery, Postpartum) suites built during a 1997 remodel offer a relaxed birthing environment in the safety of the hospital.
  • "In recent years the public's attention has been focused on the tremendous technological advances hospitals have made in patient care..."
  • "It is too often forgotten that human hands must operate the machines, and that technology is useless without technologists..."
  • "[Our employees] have a common goal - better patient care - and a firm belief that a hospital is truly people caring for people."
  • (Statement from Warne Schaap, KVH Hospital Administrator, in a Daily Record article published during Hospital Week, 1968. Warne Schaap pictured above.)
  • Hospital Week 1968
  • Hospital Week 1968
  • Hospital Week 1968
  • Hospital Week 1968
  • Hospital Week 1968
  • Two former KVH employees who were there from the beginning tell it like it is... or like it was. (Story)
  • Long before her great niece became Clinical Infomatics Manager at KVH Hospital, Edna Music was taking care of patients there.
  • In 2008, KVH begins to transition from paper records. Now, everything from pharmacy orders to EKG images to provider notes is done electronically.
  • It's hard to remember a time before the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protected patient privacy, but published patient listings like this one from 1965 used to be the norm.
  • Patients get connected! The KVH Hospital patient portal goes live in 2014. (Press release)
  • "Many say the [hospital] district would not have been formed without his guidance." John Burkheimer served on the KVH Board of Commissioners for 12 years, until his death in 1976.
  • The Burkheimer Glass memorial, the work of Yakima artist Carolyn Bowman, was installed at KVH Hospital in 1978.
  • Just over a decade after KVH Hospital opened, it had serious growing pains. The headline of this 1976 article says it all.
  • (Staff submission) "When Mt. St. Helen's blew in May 1980, we had to walk to work or stay at the hospital. They had to turn off the air, so it was HOT! The nursing moms had problems, so we packed them in ice to increase milk production. It was a week of overtime and hardship."
  • Melva Schmidt was there to help the first patients when the hospital opened, and for many years to come. (Story)
  • KVH staff help update the county disaster plan in the wake of the Mt. St. Helen's eruption. (1980)
  • This Daily Record article from 1992 highlights proposed, then-future changes to the ‪‎KVH‬ campus which addressed space issues as well as concerns raised by the community.
  • A "visioning" of the proposed changes
  • Then-administrator Bob Schwartz on planned expansion
  • Phase 2 and the hospital entrance
  • Artist's rendering
  • Finding space for administrative staff
  • A new helipad location
  • Meeting the community's needs
  • Thanks to generous support from individuals, foundations and local businesses, the KVH Community Health Library opens to serve the public in April 1998.
  • Community Health Library ribbon cutting (1998)
  • Since 1986, community donations have enabled The Foundation at KVH to create an endowment of more than $1.4 million. (Read more about The Foundation)
  • Aerial photo of South Ellensburg. Inset of hospital campus. (1969)
  • Aerial photo of South Ellensburg, nearly 25 years later. Inset of hospital campus. (1993)
  • Sometimes growth requires a remodel, to meet needs for more space and to improve patient services. (2001-2002)
  • 2001-2002
  • 2001-2002
  • Remodel history (KDF Architecture)
  • The Healing Garden at KVH Hospital began in 2004 with “a little bit of money and a lot of ambition.” On the south side of the hospital, it can be viewed from the hospital's family room and chapel. It is intended to provide a spot for quiet reflection.
  • Designed by local master gardeners, the garden has charm even in the winter.
  • Winter 2015
  • Winter 2015
  • Winter 2015
  • Winter 2015
  • Winter 2015
  • Winter 2015
  • Winter 2015
  • Dedication plaque
  • KVH Hospital decreases its energy footprint in 2005 by upgrading its central heating plant from steam heat, paying for much of the upgrade through cost savings. These boilers are part of the 2005 upgrade.
  • Housing for the new air handlers.
  • Inside one of the new air handlers.
  • Housing for old air handler.
  • After a serious accident, this former doctor becomes a patient in the hospital where he worked for nearly 30 years. (Story)
  • 2006 marks the introduction of the hospitalist program at KVH Hospital, which started with weekend coverage and grew into a 24/7 presence. (Photo: Hospitalist room)
  • KVH knows it helps to have partners in patient care. When Nancy had a heart attack, we were ready. (2012) (Story)
  • (Staff submission) What happens when your patient arrives... with a service pony? The following happened at KVH Hospital, nearly 20 years ago: "The horse assisted the patient, who had very limited vision. When the horse entered the facility, it was freaked out due to the lack of footing on the tile floor. We somehow managed to get the horse and the patient back to the treatment room. The look on other patients' and visitors' faces that day was priceless. "I soon discovered the horse was very protective of its owner. It attempted to bite me several times during the procedure. We managed to do what we do here at KVH and took exceptional care of our patient. "And yes, when we were done, I had to go get a shovel from Engineering to clean up a few 'road apples.' Rural healthcare doesn't get much better than this."
  • When the first list of Top 100 U.S. Critical Access Hospitals is released by the National Rural Health Association, KVH Hospital makes the list. When a Top 20 list is released the following year, KVH makes that one, too, and retains that ranking today. (Daily Record article)
  • In early 2013, KVCH becomes KVH to more accurately reflect the organization's growth into "more than a hospital." (Press release)
  • Staff explain the new ‎KVH‬ brand in their own words. (2013) (Video)
  • KVH Board of Commissioners' Joan Baird Glover receives leadership award. (2013) (Press Release)
  • The ‪KVH‬ Patient and Family Centered Care initiative involves patients and their families in care and decision making, encouraging a team approach. (2013) (Photo: PFCC Committee)
  • With 28 years of marriage and counting, Don and Bev Kearns have a combined 56 years of volunteer service at KVH. (Story)
  • The health insurance exchange for our state opens to the public on October 1, 2013.
  • KVH CEO Paul Nurick receives leadership award. (2014) (Press release)
  • KVH CNO Rhonda Holden receives appointment from governor. (2014) (Press release)
  • KVH partners with local organizations, resolving issues together as a "Community of Health". (2014) (Press release)
  • With a combined 45 years of service, this mother and son duo consider fellow ‪‎KVH‬ co-workers a part of their extended family. (Story)
  • 2014 was an historic year for more than just KVH. We take our 12th Man role very seriously. (2015 photo)
  • KVH employees with 25 or more years of service. (2014)
  • Follow Debi Barneycastle's four-decade journey at #KVH, from housekeeper to the head of Compliance/Revenue Cycle Management. (Story)
  • The circle of life at KVH Hospital: they were born here, now they work here! (2014)
  • KVH began a new quality improvement journey using principles of 'Lean’ in 2011. (Photo: site visit from Stanford Hospital and Clinics)
  • Like hospitals all over the nation, KVH prepared for the unlikely event of an Ebola patient. (2014)
  • After 2 decades of accomplishments while serving on the ‪‎KVH‬ Board of Commissioners, it's clear that for Joan Baird Glover, "Healthcare is where my heart is." (Story)
  • Accolades from the Washington State Hospital Association: “For 50 years, Kittitas Valley Health Care has delivered exceptional health care services to its community. We’ve been proud to count KVH among our membership since 1964. Not only do KVH leaders bring the best to their community, they’re among the first leaders we look to at the state level to guide us on issues of health care delivery in rural areas and quality improvement for patients in all hospitals across our state. KVH represents the best in rural health care, where neighbors care for each other and a pioneering spirit leads to innovation. Congratulations to the KVH team and the Ellensburg community on this impressive milestone! We look forward to the next fifty years.” – Scott Bond, WSHA President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Originally sealed in 1991, the KVH time capsule was opened for our 50th anniversary celebration. Filled again with items both new and old from departments across KVH, the capsule was resealed in 2015. Those who open it 25 years from now will find everything from optic lenses and computer equipment to disposable diapers (pictured) and single coffee packs.
  • time capsule contents
  • time capsule contents
  • time capsule contents (then and now)
  • time capsule contents
  • time capsule contents
  • time capsule contents (then and now)
  • KVH hosts the Chamber of Commerce “Business After Hours” event on January 15, 2015. (Photo: Dr. Solberg leads hospital tour for CWU students)
  • Business After Hours: time capsule viewing
  • Business After Hours: touring the Med/Surg unit (Photo: inpatient room)
  • Business After Hours: touring the Med/Surg unit
  • Business After Hours: touring the Family Birthing Center
  • Business After Hours: 50 Years display on the hospital mezzanine
  • Still image from video "A 50 Year Journey" (Video)
  • KVH employees provide predictions for how healthcare will be delivered in the future. By 2025, employees say: •The model for preventive health will be convenient care – when patients need it most. •It will be common for patients to have home devices that monitor and report ‘real time’ data directly to the healthcare provider. •We will have virtual visits to the home instead of patients coming in to clinics. •Twenty-percent or more of the care we offer will be assisted by robots. •Surgeries will be replaced with noninvasive techniques. •Preventive health planning will be based on DNA/genetic testing.
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Why "50 Years in 50 Days"?

As our milestone drew near, we wondered why the hospital chose December 29 to open to the public. Couldn't they have waited until after the holiday season?

We soon discovered that no, they couldn't wait.

So "50 Years in 50 Days" was born. No longer focused on a single date, the celebration grew to seven weeks of shared memories of our history, and the history of our community.

This gallery contains all of the stories, videos and images from the campaign. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have.