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October 24, 2013

Navarro Regional Hospital observes 30th anniversary

Corsicana — Navarro Regional Hospital CEO Xavier Villarreal shared the words of former State Rep. Tom Waldrop, spoken 30 years ago.

“It takes a community working together to fully dedicate a hospital to its purpose. This building is beautiful, but it’s just a building. To fully dedicate it to its purpose it takes all of us who labor with love.”

Waldrop spoke those words at the dedication of the then-new Navarro Regional Hospital when it opened in 1983.

Villarreal said those words set the stage for the progress and growth that followed.

“It think it says a lot about what we’ve accomplished in the last 30 years, and what we hope to accomplish in the next 30 years,” Villarreal said Thursday. “I’m very proud to be a part of the team that’s dedicated to that purpose.”

The hospital celebrated 30 years of service to the county with a reception and Business After Hours Thursday, with help from hospital staffers and departments, the Corsicana and Navarro County Chamber of Commerce, and 106.9 The Ranch.

Villarreal made mention of some historical differences the years have brought, from the 1983 smoking policy for waiting rooms (the campus is now smoke free) to the 1983 payroll of $4 million. That number is now $30 million.

A Daily Sun story from the construction phase of the new hospital shared some other comparisons that Villarreal shared as well, signifying the growth and prosperity the area has seen over 30 years.

Guardian Glass was in the middle of a 75,000 square foot expansion while Navarro Regional was being built. Guardian remains a major employer and vital economic engine in the region.

A new Cotter and Company Distribution Center was also under construction back in 1983. It is known today as True Value Distribution Center, and still an important industrial partner on East Highway 31.

City National Bank on Second Avenue, Friendship Towers on East Seventh Avenue, and a new office complex known as the Southland Building on North 13th Street were all in “building mode” while Navarro Regional was being built.

And last but not least, there was a water project underway south of Corsicana involving the Tarrant Regional Water District — Richland-Chambers Lake is now the third-largest lake in Texas.

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