In 1951, residents opened their hearts and wallets to establish the first Memorial Hospital, which was located in Ceres.
In the 1960s, the Memorial Hospital Board of Directors planned for another hospital in Modesto. Twenty-five acres was purchased in northeast Modesto. It was then a grain field and was appropriately dubbed the "Grain Field of Dreams." Construction of Memorial Hospital in Modesto started in 1968, and it opened in May 1970.
Today, Memorial Medical Center's patients benefit from its long history as a community based, not-for-profit hospital as well as Memorial's affiliations with the Sutter Health Network, which provides care in more than 100 communities and is a regional leader in cardiac care, cancer treatment, orthopedics and obstetrics.
Now we have the new North Tower, which is a fine example of Memorial's continuing commitment to serving residents with the compassion of a community hospital and the skill of a large health care network. In addition to the latest technology, the expansion features the most spacious and well-equipped patient and visitor areas that I've ever seen.
I would like to thank our community for supporting Memorial and helping to build and maintain such a great asset to our community.
LOWELL R. CLARK