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In 1963, Jim Stilwell launched a community campaign to raise the necessary funds to build a new hospital in Klamath Falls. As the campaign's general chairman, he coordinated some 800 hard-working and tenacious volunteers in the two-year effort that resulted in Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, which opened in October, 1965.
Sky Lakes Medical Center leadership on Tuesday, Dec. 8, honored Stilwell, the volunteers on his team and their generous efforts with a bronze plaque in a prominent place in the medical center's main lobby.
The plaque is dedicated to "the local visionaries and healthcare pioneers who made this medical center possible."
"This plaque is a reminder of the 'can-do' spirit that helps define who we are," said Sky Lakes CEO Paul Stewart. "It is a symbol of our shared values that encourage us to be examples of collaboration and vision, of leadership and commitment, so together we can make things even better.
"Project Remedy, the mid-1960s community campaign, collected more than $1.3 million – nearly double the original goal.
In recounting the campaign, Stilwell noted: "Many think our hospital just emerged and has always been there, not realizing the pioneering spirit and generosity of the people in our community that made it possible."
"I am honored to be here and say 'thank you' to all who worked so faithfully, past and present," he said Tuesday.
Photo caption: Jim Stilwell, left, and John Bell, chairman of the Sky Lakes Board of Directors, unveil a plaque dedicated to "the local visionaries and healthcare pioneers who made this medical center possible." Stilwell served as general chairman of the fundraising campaign for the original hospital, which opened in 1965.