CoxHealth Company History Timeline

1906
The hospital opened its doors on Thanksgiving Day 1906 and almost immediately began serving patients to its full capacity.
CoxHealth started on Thanksgiving Day, in 1906, when Ellen Burge, the widow of a prominent Springfield lawyer, donated her frame duplex on Jefferson Avenue to be used as a Methodist hospital.
1907
In 1907, Burge Deaconess Training School for Nurses was established with the admission of three students.
1908
She purchased the adjoining lot and helped finance the building of a three-story brick hospital in 1908, remaining involved as president of the board and serving the hospital for the rest of her life.
1932
By 1932, the hospital more than doubled in size, adding a 40-bed wing.
1948
After many years of growth, the hospital experienced financial strain and was on the verge of closing by 1948.
In 1948, a Springfield business man, Lester E. Cox, was asked to save the hospital from near bankruptcy.
1949
But by 1949, following the Great Depression, the hospital was on the verge of financial collapse.
1956
The original tile mural, created by local artist George Kieffer in 1956, is still at the Cox North building.
1961
Edwards said that in 1961, half way to the 110th anniversary, the hospital had almost 500 employees.
1968
After his death in 1968, the hospital was renamed in his honor.
Capital campaigns netting more than 400,000 and federal grants of more than 1 million allowed the hospital to succeed and expand to 534 beds by 1968, the year Cox died.
He became equally involved and served on the board for Burge Hospital for 20 years, and was elected chairman of the board of the newly minted Lester E. Cox Medical Center after his father s Lester E. death in 1968.
1969
In 1969, the hospital name was changed to Lester E. Cox Medical Center to honor this businessman who had been so integral to the hospital s survival and growth.
1971
Lester L. was directly involved with the decision to purchase land in south Springfield in 1971, which later became the site of the Cox South campus.
1987
Cox Monett Hospital opens the 5.3 million special delivery unit, returning obstetrics services to the Monett area for the first time since 1987.
1993
He served as chairman of the board until his untimely death in December 1993.
1994
On April 20, 1994, the Lester L. Cox Memorial Committee recommended to the Executive Committee of Cox Health Systems Board that Burge School of Nursing be renamed Lester L. Cox College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
2006
October 2006 CoxHealth becomes the first provider in the region to offer breast MRI.
2007
September 2007CoxHealth s Information Technology department receives the 2007 GE Innovator Award one of four nationwide for development of the online Patient Express service portal.
2008
CoxHealth is named the 2008 Most Wired Innovator by Hospitals and Health Networks magazine for the creation of the bed board, an at-a-glance complete bed occupancy information system.
2009
February 2009 Cox Air Care becomes one of the first flight crews in Missouri to use night vision goggles.
2013
July 2013CoxHealth is recognized as a Most Wired Most Improved health system in the 2013 Most Wired Survey, released by Hospitals Health Networks magazine.
Most recently, Cox acquired Skaggs Regional Medical Center in Branson, becoming the system s fifth hospital facility in 2013.
His daughter, Amanda Barrett Cox, begin serving on the College Board in 2013.
Founded
1906
Company Founded
Headquarters
Springfield, MO
Company Headquarter
Founders
Ellen Burge
Company Founders

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