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Citrus Memorial Health Systems
In 1949, Brannen organized local businessmen and won state certification to open what would become a $400,000 hospital. The original Citrus County Hospital Board used its taxing authority to purchase an old school building. The board hired six doctors who oversaw 16 rooms that could serve 25 patients.
It was a start. And, it brought much-needed medical care to the people of Citrus County.
Over the years, Citrus Memorial has seen a lot of growth. What started as a small hospital began to grow in the 1970s when a bed tower was added to the facility. After that addition, a boom began. A second bed tower, medical office building and primary care offices throughout the county were built. Two walk-in clinics, multiple rehabilitation centers and several laboratory collection centers later – Citrus Memorial has become the second largest employer in Citrus County and a beacon of hope for our community.