Dale Medical Center celebrates 60 years

While some places in Dale County are just getting off the ground, an Ozark institution is celebrating 60 years.

The Dale Medical Center opened August 28, 1951.

The medical center started out as a 50 bed unit and eight physician community hospital, has grown to and 89 bed facility with 35 physicians.

The growth is attributes to the vision and dedication of community leaders.

"The last four months two rural hospitals in the state of Alabama have closed, but Dale Medical Center continues to survive, we continue to be stable financially, it's all because we've diversified and we continue to serve our patients well," CEO Vernon Johnson said.

When Dale Medical Center opened in 1951, Ozark had been without a hospital for nearly 20 years.

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