Colquitt Regional Medical Center 70th Anniversary

70 Years of Healthcare Progress

Seventy years ago, the people of Moultrie and Colquitt County were on the verge of fulfilling a dream that had been 25 years in the making.

Thanks to a $50,000 pledge from one of the community’s leading citizens – W.C. Vereen – a matching amount from local citizens, and a grant provided by the Public Works Administration the community was able to build its first hospital.

Several other attempts over the preceding 25 years had failed, although a couple of those attempts did proceed to the point of fund-raising.

But, in October 1939 a community still trying to free itself from the depths of the Great Depression succeeded in doing what it had previously been unable to do.

The doors to the new Vereen Memorial Hospital, located on South Main Street, were officially and ceremonially opened on Oct. 17, 1939 with a short dedication ceremony and a tour of the new facility.

Seventy years later, on Oct. 15 of this year, the community will celebrate that milestone and the seven decades of progress since then with a Founder’s dinner and gala at the Colquitt County Arts Center.

 Three nationally and internationally renowned musicians, who have previously performed in Moultrie, will return to perform that night during a ceremony to honor Colquitt Regional Medical Foundation’s donors and to raise money for Colquitt Regional’s Hospice. The artists include vocalists Doug Montgomery of Santa Fe, N.M, Jeffery Reynolds of New York City and Courtenay Collinsof Atlanta.

Lynwood Hall, a member of the Colquitt Regional Foundation Board of Directors who is planning the gala, says each of the musicians has performed in Moultrie before, although not together, and returning “due to popular demand.”

 “It will be a world-class show,” Hall said. “All three are at the top of their fields and have done shows all over the world. And they were all three happy to come back and help raise funds for Hospice. It’s a real coup for Moultrie to get this group here.”

During the gala, the Colquitt Regional Foundation will recognize its new Founders, which is the designation for donors of $10,000 or more. Tickets for the dinner are $75 each for open seating or $500 for a reserved table of six.

For additional information and reservations please email at  mbridges@colquittregional.com or call the Foundation office at (229) 890-3552