It was 1979 and a year of change - Three Mile Island, the Iranian revolution, ESPN and the Sony Walkman.

Closer to home, it was also the year that the City of Hendersonville received its own hospital. On May 7, 1979, TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center opened its doors and began providing comprehensive community healthcare. Originally named Hendersonville Community Hospital, the facility was created to bring high quality medical services to Hendersonville and surrounding areas.

From humble beginnings, TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center has grown to become one of middle Tennessee’s leading healing institutions. Today, the hospital offers a wide array of advanced facilities and services, including an Accredited Chest Pain Center, a Certified Primary Stroke Care Center and a comprehensive Birth Center that feature’s Sumner County’s only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

In recognition of its 40th anniversary, TriStar Hendersonville held a public celebration on Wednesday, May 15. Hundreds of hospital supporters attended the festivities, which included a program led by hospital executives and local dignitaries.

CEO Regina Bartlett greeted the attendees and provided welcoming remarks. During her talk, she offered a brief discussion of the growth and changes that the hospital has gone through since its inception.

“Over the course of 20 years that I have been at TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center, our reputation, offerings and complexity of medical services have expanded year-to-year,” said Bartlett. “Along the way, we have brought a lot of very exciting things to the community.”

Special remarks were provided by Heather Rohan, president of the HCA/TriStar Division and Sam Hazen, CEO of HCA Healthcare.

After the corporate presentations, Chancellor Louis W. Oliver III provided a first-hand retrospective into how the city attained its hospital. His remarks were particularly insightful, given that he was the Hendersonville City Manager during the time that the medical center was proposed and approved.

State Representatives William Lamberth and Johnny Garrett presented Regina Bartlett with a special proclamation from the Tennessee House of Representatives recognizing the hospital’s 40th anniversary.

At the end of the program, the hospital acknowledged four individuals who have been a part of TriStar Hendersonville since its inception. Retired physician George Murphy and employees Trish Fuller, Connie Jones and Karol Witherow were presented with certificates of commendation in recognition of their long service.

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