Hurley Medical Center – The Beacon On the Hill

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Situated in America’s heartland and located in Michigan’s seventh-largest city is a thriving medical center that has stood the test of time. This landmark institution, known as Hurley Medical Center (HMC), is a 443-bed premier public teaching hospital recognized throughout the state as a trailblazer in advanced specialized health care. Throughout its continual evolution, HMC has held fast to founder John J. Hurley’s dream of offering clinical excellence and service to people for the City of Flint. In 1905, Hurley gave land and $55,000 to start a public hospital. An English immigrant, Hurley worked his way up from serving as a hotel porter to making a fortune from sawmills and soap. Remembering those early days of poverty, he decided to make this bequest after his wife struggled through a serious illness. Hurley Hospital opened its doors on December 19, 1908. HMC hails as the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center with an Emergency Department that handles more than 90,000 emergency cases a year along with the extraordinary capacity to save lives with the area’s only Burn Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and Pediatric Emergency Department. This book illustrates how HMC has not only been the heartbeat of a community from its early launch in 1908, through decades of leadership in medical care, but continues to inspire a culture of trust, compassion, and respect as “the beacon on the hill” for many generations.