WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - New Hanover Regional Medical Center turns 50 next year.
In this week's Throwback Thursday, we found video from our archives from 1967, when Ken Murphy reported on the hospital opening.
Back then, it was called New Hanover Memorial Hospital.
Murphy observed that the $10 million facility was, at the time it opened, one of the largest hospitals in the country, ranking among the top 11%.
Patients were moved from James Walker Memorial Hospital to New Hanover Memorial Hospital on June 14, 1967.
"The transfer of patients to that magnitude is a rare occurrence," Murphy reported. "The fact that it was done without a hitch is something only very short of miraculous. Today was moving day, the day that patients of whatever category left the old familiar James Walker Hospital and moved by ambulance into the striking modern medical facility, thereby turning it into a hospital."