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Enloe continues 100-year celebration with event Friday

By Colin Steiner, csteiner@krcrtv.com
Published On: Sep 20 2013 07:57:05 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 20 2013 08:17:27 PM CDT
CHICO, Calif. -

Chico's Enloe Medical Center continued it's centennial celebration Friday morning with an event on the hospital's front lawn.

The event brought together past and present Enloe leaders, employees and local government representatives.

State Senator Jim Nielsen and a representative for Congressman Doug LaMalfa presented state and federal resolutions.

The daughter of Hospital Founder Newton Enloe, who was also in attendance, said her father came to Chico with only $1.85 and a gold watch. Twelve years later, he had built himself a hospital.

President and CEO Mike Wiltermood says it's been a big year for the now 100-year-old institution.

"We just completed our tower project, we're working on our emergency room expansion -- a lot of stuff is going on," Wiltermood says. "We've had a leading consumer advocacy magazine recognize us as the top 10 surgical hospitals in the country. You know, all of this is really about our team and the community we provide services to."

Also unveiled at the event was a limited edition commemorative print from local artist Jake Early.

Guests also contributed items to an Enloe time capsule that will be buried soon.