So the physicians took what money they had while waiting on various grants and made a trip to the Crazy Water Hotel.
“Imagine the Crazy running today,” Brooks said. “And imagine me or my chief of staff going to the owner and operators of the hotel saying, 'We're in a pinch, this community needs a hospital, it can't survive really without one, we need to makeshift.'”
Crazy Water management granted PPGH the second floor of the hotel. The physicians worked quickly, spending the money they had to retrofit the floor into a working hospital. PPGH officially opened its doors April 1968, functioning inside the hotel for nearly two years.
August 1970, PPGH moved to its current location, building the first part of several additions. The original building stood two stories high, but was structured for the future, having the ability to support two more stories when needed.
Through the years, PPGH has undergone several major renovations and additions including:
• 1984, addition of a third floor;
• 1992, renovation of the Women's Service Wing;
• 1995, West Town Clinic;
• 1997, Physical Therapy and Home Health;
• 1997, Emergency Room and Day Surgery project;
• 2004, addition/renovation of ER, ICU, Operating Rooms, Day Surgery, Oncology, Maintenance Shop, PT and Cardiology.
Even now the hospital is undergoing additions where new medical office spaces will be located. The current project is slated to be complete by June this year.
The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and is a major diagnostic center with a full scope of services. For more information regarding the “homegrown” hospital and its services, visit www.ppgh.com.