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CoxHealth got its start when Ellen Burge, the widow of a prominent Springfield lawyer, donated her frame duplex on Jefferson Avenue to be used as a Methodist hospital. It was named Burge Deaconess Hospital in her honor.
Springfield business man Lester E. Cox led a series of capital campaigns -- raising community money and federal matching funds for hospital expansion.
Mr. Cox passed away and the board of directors changed the name of the hospital from Burge-Protestant Hospital to Lester E. Cox Medical Center, in honor of the man so integral to the hospital's survival and growth.
Cox Medical Center became one of the first hospitals in the nation with a Mobile Coronary Care Unit. This specially equipped ambulance was dispatched to provide immediate care to people in coronary distress.
The first air ambulance owned by Cox, Cox Air Care, lifted off.
Lester E. Cox Medical Centers became Cox Health Systems.
Keywords: Cox, MICU, MCCU
External Resource Link: www.coxhealth.com
Last Revision Date: 10/26/10 - 9:08 PM