On April 17, 1951 Ringgold County Hospital opened its doors for the first time. The staff included 21 employees who cared for 881 admitted patients during its first year. An additional 425 outpatients also received treatment. The hospital earned $3,192 during its first 12 months of operations. Since 1951, the hospital has been providing the community with the best in modern health care. After more than 50 years in the original building, a new hospital was proudly opened in December, 2009. Designed and built with state-of-the-art technology, the facility allows the staff to combine the latest in science and medicine with the art of caring. For Ringgold County area residents, the result is powerful health care, close to home.
Although it was built for today, the current hospital was designed with tomorrow in mind. The 22-acre campus will allow for growth when more space is needed. Within the hospital, each department has room to accommodate both current and future technologies. “Just about all the services found in a big-city hospital can be accessed right here in Ringgold County,” said Gordon Winkler, hospital CEO. “We have general and orthopedic surgeons on staff, and we have visiting physician clinics like cardiology and oncology on a regular basis.” In-patient care is provided for both acute and skilled needs. Emergency care, medical imaging, rehabilitation, laboratory, and pharmacy services are provided. Oncology, vascular, audiology, and cardiology are among the specialty clinics that are available at RCH. In addition, the hospital is home to the Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic, which offers quality care for all ages.
The hospital now employs 135 people. Many of the current physicians and staff were born and grew up in Ringgold County. Pharmacy Director Steve Roe was one of the first 10 babies born at the hospital
when it opened in 1951. In 65 years, healthcare has changed in many ways. But the genuine concern and superb care found at Ringgold County Hospital remains the same as always. “We care for every patient as if they’re a neighbor or family member,” said Winkler. “Because often, they are.”