Health facilities for McPherson first became a reality in 1898 when Dr. John Crawford Hall established a sanitarium in a nine-room house at 700 South Maple Street. Also, in that year he developed a Nurses Training program, which existed at the McPherson County Hospital until 1934.
In 1908 Dr. Hall closed his first hospital and in September of 1909, a stone brick building on South Main Street was erected through efforts of Dr. Hall and a stock company under a board of directors.
As early as 1916 it became apparent that a newer, larger hospital was needed to serve the expanding community, and during that year plans were drawn for a new hospital. Through a subsequent bond issue, a new facility was opened in 1921 as McPherson County Hospital.
The structure served the community citizens until 1956, when another bond issue in the amount of $400,000 was granted for modernization and updating of the facility. The hospital expanded in 1963 with the addition of a 52 bed Geriatric wing at the cost of $412,000.
In 1969 the present Memorial Hospital was erected at a cost of $2.2 million and opened 1972 as one of the most modern hospitals in this area.
On Monday, January 8, 1973, the hospital was sold by the McPherson County Board of County Commissioners to Memorial Hospital, Inc. for $1. On Monday, April 9, 1973, the County Commissioners presented the hospital deed to the Board of Directors of Memorial Hospital, Inc.
The most recent renovations were completed in 2003 with the addition of a new Emergency Department, garage facilities for EMS, Ambulatory Surgery Center, Radiology Department and main lobby canopy entrance.
Regardless of the changes in the physical appearance and medical capabilities the continuing mission of McPherson Hospital will remain the same – to provide the highest quality health care to McPherson and surrounding communities.