Dr. C.F. Harrison and Dr. Calton Grissom remodeled an old house into the first hospital in Syracuse. The life of the small hospital was all too short. Within a year or two, its expenses far exceeded the income, so the hospital was closed. The Donohue Memorial Hospital was the result of a dream of Mrs. Electa Donohue, widow of pioneer John Donohue, one of the first settlers in Hamilton County. This splendid institution was extensively used for many years. Hamilton County Hospital opened on November 9, 1964, and has 29 beds. The Long Term Care Unit opened September 1, 1973, with 27 beds. In June 1991, the Hospital and Long Term Care Unit merged with the 21-bed Hamilton County Rest Home, built in 1977.
The two units, Long Term care and Rest Home were merged together under the hospital, creating the Hamilton County Hospital and Extended Care Facility. In the spring of 1989, the hospital was decorated in gray and mauve in preparation for its 25th Anniversary Open House. Families, businesses and community members donated money for the patient rooms and hallways. Hospital employees handled most of the labor. The nursery was decorated in May 1990. In 2003, remodeling and redecorating took place in the Health Information Office and Lobby, the Acute Care patient rooms, the West Wing Living Room, and East and West Dining Rooms.
To be the primary provider ad facilitator for the health care needs of our community, that enhances the health and well being of the people we serve.
Hamilton County Hospital will reinvent the delivery of rural health care through exemplary teamwork of people who care about their patients and community, innovative use of emerging technologies, and mutually respectful partnering with other health care providers.
We will be an active partner in making a difference in the quality of life
in our community by providing for health care services in a compassionate,
responsible, and adaptive manner, that is sensitive to the needs and dignity
of our patients.