Bob Schmerber believes Hal and Charlie Peterson would be proud of what Kerrville’s medical center has become.

“I always think of their vision to build a state-of-the-art hospital in a town with less than 10,000 people,” said Schmerber, a member of the Peterson Regional Medical Center board.

Seventy years ago, the Petersons built Kerrville’s first hospital. It boasted all the latest equipment and was air conditioned — quite an achievement for a small-town hospital.

Now, the facility has grown into a 35-acre campus and features an ambulatory care center, hospice building and the Cailloux Professional Building — all in addition to the main hospital.

On Wednesday, PRMC celebrated its 70th birthday with a block party. The public was invited to tour all four of the facilities, in addition to getting an inside look at the air evac helicopter. 

There also was a carnival and raffle prizes.

The doors opened at 6 p.m, with hundreds of people waiting to get inside.

“It’s fun to see a lot people come out to see what the big to-do is about,” Schmerber said. “I think they’ll be surprised with how modern the facility is. This is a happy day.”

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