2011 has been a very big year for North Hills Hospital. We decided to spend the entire year celebrating, with a crescendo building to our party where we invited our community to come and share memories with us and with our founders.

We are so pleased with the turnout and with the support we received at our event. Now it’s time for us to say thank you.

Thank you to our chambers of commerce who brought hundreds of members to cheer us on. We’re thankful for the relationships with the Northeast Tarrant Chamber, the Keller Chamber, the HEB Chamber, and the Colleyville Chamber. Our chambers do so much to foster a healthy business environment, and they have a history of working together to make big things happen. Thank you.

Thank you to our elected officials who wrote proclamations, presented us with flags, read a letter from our governor, and announced it North Hills Hospital Day in your city. Thanks to North Richland Hills Mayor Oscar Trevino, Richland Hills Mayor David Ragan, Haltom City Mayor Richard Hutchison, Watauga Mayor Harry Jeffries, Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes, State Senator Jane Nelson, State Representative Kelley Hancock, and U.S. Congressman Michael Burgess. We are thankful that our hospital and our community are represented so well at our local, state, and national level.

Thank you to Jim Scoggin, president of HCA North Texas, part of the parent company for North Hills Hospital. Mr. Scoggin has shown great support for our hospital over the past few years, and with his backing we have been able to add innovative new technology that better serves our new patients.

Thank you to Dr. Mary Robb, chairman of the hospital’s board or directors, for coming out to show her support on behalf of the rest of our board.

Thank you to the hospital’s staff, who not only attended, but many also volunteered to help greet, hand out goodie bags, and play hosts to our community visitors during our big night. We are thankful for them.

Thank you to our hospital volunteers, who work countless hours every week to serve our patients and visitors, and who provide encouragement to our staff, along with scholarships (and baked goods!). Many of our volunteers have lifetime affiliations with our hospital and were some of our first patients 50 years ago, and we loved having them celebrate with us last week.

Thank you to our medical staff, who provide the highest levels of care, and who came out to celebrate with us. It was great to see some of our physician leaders in the audience to affirm the great things our hospital is doing for our patients, and to recognize those physicians that came before them.

Speaking of physicians who came before them  – we are forever indebted to our founding physicians: Dr. John Jermyn, Dr. Charles Rush, Dr. David Pillow, Dr. Bruce Jacobson, and Drs. Bob and Martha Chapman. They took a risk 50 years ago to start a hospital in a field in rural Northeast Tarrant County, and 50 years later their legacy continues as their hospital has become a nationally recognized, award-winning leader in healthcare. If you haven’t seen the story of these six physicians, check out our YouTube video.

And last, but certainly not least, we want to thank you, our community. Without the people of Northeast Tarrant County, we would have closed our doors generations ago. You have trusted us with your friends and with your loved ones, with your best moments and some of your worst. Throughout it all, we remain grateful for the opportunity to serve our community, and we so enjoyed getting to celebrate with you on our 50th Anniversary.

So now, as 2011 begins to wind to a close, we have already started planning for our next 50 years. We are excited to expand to the North Fort Worth community with our new ER at Alliance opening in late 2011, and we remain dedicated to offering you award-winning service… from the heart.

Thank you.

*All photos courtesy of http://www.mcgowanimages.com. For a full gallery of images from this event, please visit our Facebook page.