Fireworks at the Baylor Grapevine Patient Tower Opening

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Fireworks shot up into the skies almost a month before July 4 at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine. Being a lover of fireworks, I happily watched as the Baylor Grapevine team created a visual ribbon-cutting event to close their party debuting the hospital’s new 4-story patient tower.

The five-minute display featured lots of pops and crackling sounds with colorful whirling visuals. Smart phone owners had a field day.

I wondered how both, Dr. Ed and Dr. Minnie Lee Lancaster celebrated the new Grapevine Clinic and Hospital when it opened in 1953.

That hospital, the forerunner of today’s Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine, was a six-bed facility providing general care, low-risk surgeries, obstetrics and 24-hour emergency service.

Two expansions increased the facility’s size and bed capacity to 55 beds. Along the way, the Grapevine Clinic and Hospital became Grapevine Memorial Hospital, and in 1981, that hospital joined the newly formed Baylor Health Care System. Ed and Minnie Lee remained actively involved with the hospital, now named Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine.

One thing for sure: The 1953 celebration didn’t have Twitter. Since we’re 21th century folk, we do.

“Explore."

In spite of our Twittering fingers, we still use some old school technology too.

Steve Newton, president of Baylor Health Care System’s western region where Baylor Grapevine is located, talked with local newspapers about the impact of the new tower for the community. Click here to read what he says.

Also, be sure and check out the online conversation that went on under the hashtag: #BaylorGrapevine in the Storify post below.

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Susan joined Baylor many years ago when Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas was the only Baylor facility in the area. When not at work, she’s outside – Big Bend National Park is her favorite with Glacier National Park a close second.

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Fireworks at the Baylor Grapevine Patient Tower Opening