TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center celebrated 40 years of service to Hendersonville and surrounding communities with a special ceremony on Wednesday, May 15. To help commemorate the milestone, TriStar Hendersonville welcomed community leaders, Board of Trustees members, executives from TriStar Hendersonville's parent company, HCA Healthcare and the TriStar Health division, physicians, hospital colleagues and volunteers.

The 40-year anniversary ceremony was hosted on the hospital campus and included a reception and guided tours of the facility. Three colleagues and one physician who have served on staff at the hospital since it opened in 1979 were recognized, including Connie Jones, Karol Witherow, Trish Fuller and retired OB/GYN, Dr. George Murphy.

The event program included congratulatory remarks from Sam Hazen, HCA Healthcare Chief Executive Officer and Heather J. Rohan, HCA Healthcare TriStar Division President.

"It is an honor for me to join our physicians, nurses, staff and volunteers here at TriStar Hendersonville in celebration of 40 years of service to this community," said Heather J. Rohan, TriStar Health President. "While over the last 40 years we have added bricks and mortar, additional services and new capital equipment, the essence of what we do here at Hendersonville is focused on people taking care of people. I am so proud of what has been accomplished at TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center, and look forward to seeing what another 40 years will bring."

Reflections on the hospital's 40 years of caring were provided by Chancellor Louis W. Oliver, III, Sumner County District 18, and Sumner County Executive Anthony Holt. Chancellor Oliver served as City Manager of Hendersonville in 1979 and was instrumental in advocating for and bringing a hospital to Hendersonville. He provided insight into the history of healthcare in Hendersonville and the community support behind opening a hospital.

Tennessee State Representatives William Lamberth and Johnny Garrett presented Regina Bartlett, TriStar Hendersonville Chief Executive Officer, with a proclamation on behalf of the State of Tennessee House of Representatives. The official proclamation was signed by Lamberth, Garrett, State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver and State Senator Ferrell Haile.

"Our original leaders and staff started a tradition of progressive leadership that enabled TriStar Hendersonville to go on to become the first nationally accredited Chest Pain Center in Sumner County," said Bartlett. "It enabled us to achieve the first Primary Stroke Center accreditation in Sumner County. In addition, it led to the opening of our county's first neonatal intensive care unit, first free-standing emergency department in Portland, and most recently, the opening of the area's first dedicated, comprehensive cardiac specialty clinic, TriStar Hendersonville Heart & Vascular Center."

"As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center and National Hospital Week, I feel tremendous pride in what our predecessors began with the opening of Hendersonville Community Hospital, and excitement to continue pursuing the shared vision of what we can accomplish in the future."

Learn more about TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center's 40th Anniversary Celebration in the event gallery located on TriStar Hendersonville. The site includes a historical video, celebration event video, a photo gallery and more.