Barton Memorial Hospital hosts anniversary celebration |

Barton Memorial Hospital hosts anniversary celebration

Rebecca Wass
Barton Health
Rebecca Wass / Barton Health

Barton Memorial Hospital celebrated 50 years of excellence on June 29.

Nearly 400 people came to the hospital grounds to take part in the event, which included a vintage fire truck and a Barton employee car show with 20 vintage cars, all of which were voted on at the end of the day. Gigi Radke took first place with her beautiful 1956 Ford Thunderbird, Jennifer Crawford, R.N., won second place with her 1967 RS Camaro and Leanne Wagoner placed third with her 1955 Ford F100.

The dunk tank was cooled off Barton employees including Tahoe Center for Orthopedics Director Chris Proctor, Barton Health Chief Financial Officer Dick Derby; Drs. Stephen Bannar and Kyle Swanson; Foundation Chairman Bob Heffernan, Home Health & Hospice Director Jason Collin, Information Systems Director Brian Gould, Chelsea Zermani from the Emergency Department, K-THO’s Paul Middlebrook and Lake Tahoe TV’s Danny McLaughlin. The dunk tank raised more than $500 for Barton Foundation’s Community Health Endowment.

Attendees also enjoyed face painting and guided tours by Barton employees on Borges’ horse-drawn carriage rides. To keep with the 196’s theme, free cotton candy and popcorn, along with a “flashback” priced BBQ provided by the Barton Café, were available. Lake Tahoe Historical Society educated the public on Tahoe’s medical history and Barton Auxiliary came out with its vintage flair of nurse memorabilia with “original” candy striper and nurse uniforms. Many had the opportunity to take a look back with the Auxiliary’s historical books and remembered their families and friends from old newspaper clippings and photos.

For more information about Barton’s history, visit

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