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Mission & History

Our History...



Howard County Medical Center has come a long way since opening its doors in 1955. The Hospital was built from the ground up, and has had five new additions to date!

Pictured above is a picture of Dr. "Bud" Arnold that was taken in 1945. Bud came to Howard County in the late 1800's in a covered wagon. After serving in World War I, he became a doctor and returned to Howard County to open a private practice in 1920. He was instrumental in what is now Howard County Medical Center. Family of Bud credit him for delivering over 2,000 babies in his career.

In 1998, bonds were initially passed for the construction of new Hospital patient rooms, a new admissions area, and a new Hospital entry. Construction started that same year, and staff moved into the new building in June of 2000.

In October of 2000, Howard County Community Hospital became a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital. In March of 2001, the Medical Clinic merged with the Hospital and both entities were up and successfully running in May of 2001.

As Clinic business and the amount of Providers increased, the need for a new Clinic became more evident. Construction started on the new Clinic and general reception area in 2005, and was completed in 2008. The first official day it was open for business was February 4, 2008.

HCMC is owned by Howard County, and is supported solely from patient revenue and philanthropy. HCMC employs approximately 175 employees.

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