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Hospital Renovations Dedication of Nicholson-Turner Wing
By Anne Waits
web posted October 31, 2012
EDGEFIELD – "Warm, inviting,
a place you really don't mind being" - definitely not the way people
usually describe a hospital room but exactly the way many have
described the newly renovated rooms at Edgefield County Hospital, said
hospital CEO Pat Robinson. The rooms were part of the main focus at the
Dedication of the Nicholson-Turner Wing and the 40th Anniversary Open
House held at Edgefield County Hospital Sunday afternoon. An overflow
"We are here to celebrate 40 years of service and to honor two men who
have been instrumental in it's success," said Board Chairman Tim
Williams. "Without their dedication and desire to provide citizens with
quality health care in this area, we would not be here today."
Williams also thanked the families of Drs. B.E. Nicholson and Wiley H.
Turner for their sacrifices in order for them to carry out the level of
care they have provided for Edgefield and surrounding communities.
He also recognized Hospital Board members Sharon Wall, vice-chair; Alva
Lewis, secretary; Barbra Jackson; Brandon Clary; Chris Yonce; Henry
Kowalewski; Dr. Sam Hair; and Keith Lynn.
The invocation was given by the Rev. Phillip Howle, pastor of Antioch
"We are thankful for Edgefield County Hospital in so many ways," he
said. "It is nice to have an eight-minute drive to visit patients, but
also to know they are receiving quality medical care."
Robinson led the patient rooms dedication. "It is an exciting time for
us to have the opportunity to renovate these rooms after 20 years," she
Funding has come mainly from donations in memory of or in honor of
various individuals, she said. "We called the families of those for
whom memorials had been given and they were more than happy with the
To date, nine rooms have been renovated, with six on the outpatient
surgery wing and three in acute care. Money is currently available for
two more. The project is set to include 20 more rooms.The renovations
include all new beds, sofas, recliners, cabinets, tables, wall paint
and more. Work has been going on at the hospital for about five months.
"We originally planned to have two or three rooms to show by the time
of the dedication," she said. "But we far exceeded our expectations."
Memorials and donations so far incude the Edgefield County Hospital
Auxiliary (not yet completed); in memory of Diana S. Herlong by froends
and family; in honor of Jean and Fritz Huiet by their children (room
not completed); in memory of Kenneth Kaltz by family; in memory of Dr.
Harke Kylstra (the hospital's first surgeon); in honor of Katherine W.
Nicholson and Benjamin E. Nicholson; in memory of Carson Hippner "C.H."
Robinson by friends and family; in memory of Sara Lyons Timmerman (the
hospital's own Florence Nightingale) by the Theo Williams family; and
in memory of Marie Rogers Wood by family and friends.
The dedication of the Nicholson-Turner Wing, formerly the A.R.
Nicholson Wing, was led by Williams who introduced Dr. Nicholson and
Turner who have worked tirelessly for the hospital.
Dr. Nicholson said when he and Dr. Turner began practicing in Edgefield
in 1964, they came with the idea of building a hospital.
"It took until 1972 for that to happen," he said. "We knew the things
that were possible in this county...I strongly believe this hospital
greatly improved the quality of care in this county."
Turner said they started in the county with two examining rooms.
"The growth has been tremendous and we have experienced tremendous
change in medicine during this time," he said. "The role of family
practioner has been greatly transformed."
Turner said he is thankful for the nurses and all the health care
workers who have also made this possible.
"I hear nothing but praise of this hospital," he said. "I hope it
Turner spoke of the late Rev. J.T. Littlejohn, known as the "peppermint
"He led the campaign to furnish this wing as a memorial to Dr. A.R.
Following the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, a reception was held in the
Board Room and Open House self-guided tours were encouraged.
Memorabilia and past newspaper articles were displayed throughout.
Donations to the remodeling project are currently being accepted, said
Robinson. A complete patient room with sleeper sofa and recliner is
$6,400; a complete patient room with two guest chairs and recliner is
$5,500. However, a donation in any amount is greatly appreciated and
will be used toward this project.
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