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Governor to speak at City Hospital's centennial event

October 04, 2005

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin will serve as the keynote speaker for City Hospital's centennial celebration dinner Oct. 21 at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg.

The dinner marks the conclusion of a yearlong celebration in recognition of the hospital's 100th anniversary.

Tickets for the dinner are available at $40 per person, priced to cover the cost of the meal as well as the commemorative gift. A limited number of corporate sponsors are being solicited to contribute funds that will be used to support City Hospital's new outpatient cancer treatment center on the second floor.

"We hope to raise a minimum of $10,000 in proceeds from the corporate sponsors," Teresa McCabe, City Hospital's director of marketing and development, said in a news release.

The centennial dinner begins with social time at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7. The program will follow and include Manchin and remarks by Dr. Robert D'Alessandri, vice president of health sciences at West Virginia University.

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Seating is limited and reservations may be made by calling the City Hospital Foundation at 304-264-1223.

Founded in 1905 by Dr. Theodore Kensall Oates, City Hospital was established in a residence on the corner of Burke and Maple Streets in downtown Martinsburg. In 1939, the hospital was incorporated as a not-for-profit, non-sectarian community hospital operated and managed by a local Board of Trustees.

Years later, the Board purchased a 37-acre site and in 1972 a four-story structure opened on the current City Hospital campus. In 1977, City Hospital and Kings Daughters Hospital merged. In 1982, four additional floors were opened at City Hospital, bringing the total licensed beds to the current 260.

On Jan. 1, the parent health systems of City Hospital and Jefferson Memorial Hospital merged with West Virginia University Hospitals in Morgantown, W.Va., to form West Virginia University Hospitals - East.

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