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Throwback Thursday: Hospital gets 'new' tower, Feb. 1, 1956

By Kristy Bleizeffer Jan 29, 2015


This week in 1956, The Casper Star-Tribune ran a photo of our new annex (what we now call the Center Tower.) According to the paper, it presented "a clean, modern brick and cement facade, ornamented by the angled cement hood over the entryway."

We will begin moving into the McMurry West Tower this week.

Our new McMurry West Tower opened in September. nearly 60 years after completion of the Center Tower.

The Center Tower is still, in many ways, the heart of the hospital. Fifty-nine years after this photo, it still houses many indispensable hospital functions. Its red brick and gray cement remain one of Casper's most recognizable landmarks, marking the center of town along one of its busiest streets.

We've gone through many expansions in our 104-year-history. The East Wing (running along Conwell Street) was completed in 1999 and still houses our operating rooms and ICU. The new Emergency Department opened in 2000.

In September, we opened the 100,000-square-foot McMurry West Tower after more than two years of construction. We did it with the help of more than 100 individual donors contributing more than $3.2 million to health of their friends, family and neighbors. We are proud to be Casper's community hospital, and could not do what we do without community support.

We're not yet done growing. Look for the Mesa Primary Clinic this summer, serving West Casper - the fastest-growing residential area in town. We are also finalizing plans for our eastside clinic, bringing primary care and other health services close to where you live.

WATCH: In case you missed it, see the West Tower rise from the ground beam by beam, over nearly two years, in this time-lapse video.

#ThrowbackThursday is a series celebrating Wyoming Medical Center’s long and rich history in Natrona County. Special thanks to the Casper College Western History Center which archives the vast Wyoming Medical Center collection of newspaper articles, photographs and other memorabilia.