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Angel Medical Center celebrated its 90th birthday last Friday by inviting members of the community into the facility for supper, tours, and fun. Outside, there was an inflatable jumping pit for kids with music filling the background. Inside, visitors could go to information tables offering services such as blood pressure and blood sugar checks. Others were able to provide smiles and laughs by painting the faces of anybody willing to sit down in the chair.

Angel Medical Center staff manned tables at the 90th anniversary celebration last Friday, offering information on services the hospital provides. Below, Kim Watkins conducts a diabetes check. Photos by Travis TallentIn 1923, Dr. Furman Angel set up a clinic in some rooms on the second floor of the old Cunningham Building in downtown Franklin. This was the very beginning of Angel Hospital. The following year, he purchased the Cope Elias home which was located on the piece of property where the hospital now stands. When his brother, Dr. Ed Angel joined the staff, the name was changed to Angel Brothers Hospital. In 1966, well after Ed had purchased the facility from his brother, he began the process of selling the hospital to the community. The transaction did not come to full fruition until after his death, but in 1967, the hospital was incorporated into a nonprofit organization and a board of trustees was established. It then took on the name Angel Community Hospital that same year. In 1996, the name was again changed, this time to Angel Medical Center.

Technicians conducted bone density tests at Angel Medical Center’s 90th anniversary celebration.Changes have come to AMC this year. The hospital recently joined Mission Health as a member hospital after engaging in a successful partnership for the last two and a half years.

Franklin resident, Debbie Coffey was able to attend the event last week. While she was on site visiting her mother she noticed the people and music coming from the cafeteria where the celebration was taking place and took a walk downstairs to see what all of the commotion was about.

“It is comforting to know that Angel Medical Center has been treating people in need for so long,” she said. “When I walk down here and see members of the community enjoying themselves and hospital staff on hand to give out information, it just makes me thankful to have such a warm and welcoming hospital in Franklin. I know that these individuals care about the people that they treat.”

AMC is a full service, not-for-profit critical access hospital that has served Franklin and the surrounding area for 90 years. The hospital operates a variety of inpatient services including a Women's and Children's Health Unit, an Intensive Care Unit, and a Medical/Surgical Unit. Outpatient services include MRIs, CTs, nuclear medicine, digital mammographies, a wound clinic, a foot clinic, chemotherapy, a full laboratory, rehab therapy, and surgical and endoscopy services.

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