Through the years we have helped generation after generation reach better health. Our organization has been striving to serve the needs of our region since we were established. We here at Powell Valley Healthcare are loyal to our community and will continue to strive for excellence in healthcare.
A Look Back
The first hospital in Powell was constructed by Dr. J.R.A. Whitlock and was located at Avenue C and Edmonds Street. It was completed in 1919 and had 18 beds. Dr. Whitlock owned and operated the hospital as a private institution for nearly twenty years. After his death in 1936, the hospital was purchased by Dr. Robert Siddle. His death in the early 1940s prompted three Powell businessmen to purchase the hospital in order to maintain a medical facility in the community. The purchase price at that time was $17,000.
A community assocation was formed to take over the hospital operations. A board of directors was appointed and a fund drive was initiated which allowed for renovation of the hospital building. The facility was renamed War Memorial Hospital to honor World War II veterans. In 1946, a lease agreement was initiated with Lutheran Hospitals and Homes Society (LHHS)of Fargo, North Dakota. This lease agreement continued until 1992.
The hospital became a tax-supported facility with the establishment of Powell Hospital District in September 1949. The decision was made to construct a new facility and, in 1952, the new War Memorial Hospital, located at 630 Avenue H (now the location of The Heartland Assisted Living) was dedicated. The old Whitlock Hospital was then converted to a rest home for the aged. In 1964, a nursing home addition was built onto the new hospital and the name was changed to Powell Hospital & Nursing Home.
In 1962, the Hospital District initiated ambulance service to the community. The forerunner of the Auxiliary was formed in 1957 and was called the Gray Ladies. The present Volunteer Services organization (called PVHC Volunteer Services)was established in 1982. The volunteers began offering "LifeLine" services within the community. They currently provide this service to over 100 community members.