Excerpt from "Faith and Healing - Celebrating Covenant Health's Century of
What is now called Covenant Health has grown in size and influence as Lubbock,
its home base, and the West Texas-eastern New Mexico region it serves
so faithfully, have also grown. The two are intertwined and interdependent
and have been so from their earliest days. When Lubbock was just a little
more than a wide spot in the road, not even 10 years removed from its
incorporation, the need for a hospital became apparent.
The first few physicians to arrive in Lubbock recognized the important
role a hospital would play in making a growing town appealing as more
and more people looked to settle in this region known as the South Plains.
Health care has always represented progress, and places where excellent
health care could be found became critical community drawing cards. It
has always been that way.
“There are three legs to the financial vitality of our community,”
said Eddie McBride, president and CEO of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce.
“Health care is one of the three. One third of the sales tax generated
in Lubbock is generated by people outside of the community. The hospital
in and of itself plays a huge role in that based on the number of people
who come to visit for an appointment or for other medical-related reasons.”
The seeds for what would become Covenant Health can be traced to 1918 when
three doctors, J.T. Hutchinson, O.F. Peebler and A.R. Ponton, established
the Lubbock Sanitarium. The three-story facility was built at a cost of
$100,000 and had 25 beds, diagnostic equipment, a laboratory and an operating
room to serve Lubbock’s population of fewer than 4,000.
That modest beginning set in motion what would become a faith-based, healthcare
network designed to touch, change and save lives. Lubbock would never
be the same and owes much of its current prosperity to the foresight of
those visionaries from long ago. Today, Covenant Health serves not only
Lubbock but also a service area that ministers to patients and families
across West Texas and eastern New Mexico. From what started years ago
as two Lubbock hospitals on 19th Street – Lubbock Memorial Hospital
and St. Mary’s of the Plains – Covenant Health has grown into
the leading regional integrated health network on the South Plains.
"Faith and Healing - Celebrating Covenant Health's Century of
will be available for purchase early 2018.