Hardin Medical Center (HMC) opened as Hardin County General Hospital on April 2, 1952, with 50 beds, seven physicians, and approximately 30 employees.  Those first employees worked six days per week, and their fringe benefits were one clean uniform and one meal each day.  The original building and land cost $450,000 and was built with county funds and with federal funds provided through the Hill-Burton Act.

The members of the first medical staff were:  Dr. James W. Carroll, Dr. James V. Hughes, Dr. Otis M. Whitlow, Dr. O. C. Doty, Dr. Otis Keeton, Dr. McDougal, and Dr. H. D. Blankenship.

The facility's administrators have been:
William Speer 1952 - 1957 Tommye F. O'Neal
1982 - 1987
Robert Kidd
1957 - 1959
Johnny P. May
1987 - 1994
J. P. Cox
1959 - 1974
Charlotte Burns
1994 - 2013
Phillip Langston
1974 - 1981
Nicholas P. Lewis     2013 - 2021
George Trent
1981 - 1982
Jim Edmondson 2021-present

The facility has continued to grow and serve the community.  Some of our benchmarks include:

  Hardin County Nursing Home was established with 29 beds to serve the elderly of Hardin County.
  Thirty-three hospital beds and a new x-ray department were added.
  New facilities for the laboratory, pharmacy, and x-ray departments were completed.
  A modern surgical suite was added, and the nursing home was enlarged to 39 beds.
  Home Health Agency was begun, and nine beds were added to the nursing home.
  The Short Stay Unit, providing same-day surgery, was added to the surgical department.
  The long-awaited additions of a 12-bed critical care unit and an eight-bed obstetrical unit were completed.
  The nursing home was increased to a 73-bed facility.
  Durable Medical Equipment sales were added.
  Skilled Nursing Unit and EMS (ambulance service) were added.
  HMC celebrated its 50th Anniversary of healthcare service to Hardin County.
  MRI services were introduced.
  A $9 million dollar expansion and renovation project was completed. Hardin County General Hospital began doing business as Hardin Medical Center to highlight the comprehensive nature of services provided.  Emergency Department, Radiology, Laboratory, Surgery, and Rehabilitation Therapy areas were either remodeled or relocated. The cafeteria was expanded and renovated.
  HMC Home Health became a joint venture, HMC Home Health, LLC.  Sleep Lab services were begun.
  HMC Cardiology Services and HMC Wound Care Services were opened. A ribbon cutting was held for The Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment   Center, which provides chemotherapy and radiation oncology therapy for cancer patients.  Hospitalist services were added.
  Cardiac Rehab services were added.
  HMC’s 60th Anniversary of serving its community. Also the grand opening year of HMC Urgent Care Walk-In Clinic
  HMC’s longtime Administrator Charlotte Burns retired. 
  After a nationwide search, Nicholas Lewis takes the reins of HMC becoming the medical center’s 9th Chief Executive Officer.
 2015    HMC Health & Rehabilitation Center named National Quality Award Winner
 2016    HMC Obstetrics wins the Blue Distinction Award for Quality & Patient Safety for outstanding maternity care


HMC has an active medical staff providing cardiology, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery, hospitalist services, pediatrics, internal medicine, orthopedics, podiatry, and consulting physician services which include gastroenterology, pathology, radiology, urology, cardiology, and ophthalmology.  HMC, including the hospital, nursing home, DME, EMS, physician offices, and other services, currently employs approximately 450 persons.  


"Neighbors Serving Neighbors" is one phrase that has been used to describe HMC.  We are committed to continued progress and growth to meet the evolving health needs of those neighbors.  That commitment is reflected in our Mission, Vision, Core Values, and the "We Believe" patient value statements, which are included in the handbook for your reference.  As our community’s principal provider of acute care services, we will continue to focus our efforts on providing “Quality Care…Right Here at Home.”  We're glad you're with us as we work toward accomplishing our goals, meeting the healthcare needs of our community, and meeting or exceeding the expectations of our patients and residents. 

60th Anniversary

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