One hundred years ago on this day, Bartholomew County Hospital welcomed its first labor and delivery patients — a mother and daughter with the notable last name of Cummins. The first baby born at Bartholomew County Hospital was Beatrice Mildred Cummins, born July 7, 1917 — a time when most infants were born at home. She was the daughter of Cummins Engine Company co-founder Clessie L. Cummins and his wife, Ethel. Ethel’s father, Dr. George McCoy delivered his granddaughter. McCoy was a member of the first medical staff, which consisted of five physicians.
Hospital births continued to rise steadily over the years, but it wasn't until the early 1980s that a official rooms were established and designated to the birthing process, allowing moms with vaginal deliveries to labor and recover in the same room. These days, on an annual basis, the Birthing Center of Columbus Regional Health delivers an average of 1,300 babies.
This heartwarming historic tidbit and many more regarding the centennial anniversary of Columbus Regional Health can be found at www.crh.org/100.
Watch the Documentary, "100 Years of Caring"
In its 100-year history, Columbus Regional Health evolved from a small county hospital serving the area's medical needs. From its inception in 1917 as Bartholomew County Hospital, the health system has grown to serve 10 Southeastern Indiana Counties. However, its mission remains the same: to improve the health and well-being of those it serves.
In this short documentary, former and current hospital leaders reflect on Columbus Regional Health's storied past and offer insight on the future of health care.
100 Years of Caring: 1917 — 2017