Immanuel Centennial, 1887-1987 : a Century of Caring.
Introduction: On October 8, 1987, Immanuel Medical Center marks the 100th anniversary of its founding. The intent of this publication is to set the centennial scene by presenting highlights of the institution’s remarkable history and climaxing with a look at today’s impressive medical center.From the historical perspective there have been two founding periods. The first led to Immanuel Deaconess Institute, that venerable health care institution which served some 85 years at 34th and Meredith Avenue. The second built on that foundation and evolved into Immanuel Medical Center, relocating June 29, 1974, to its present magnificent 166-acre site which encompasses 601 health care beds and a community of upwards of 2500 persons.Transition has accompanied the century of time, yet many constants have persisted which would make Immanuel still recognizable to the founder: There is the diversity of services, regional in nature, to provide care for a wide spectrum of health needs. The multiple facilities to carry out this care. The continuing enhancement of medical treatment practices. Professional medical care education. A pervasive concern for the individual person. A declared dedication to God. An active affiliation with the church. A profound sense of responsibility in all actions. Thrift and financial stability. A stewardship commitment to the continuity of Immanuel and its avowed mission.