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Celebrating 100 Years (and breaking a world record) with Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames
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Celebrating 100 Years (and breaking a world record) with Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames

On August 7th, Mary Greeley Medical Center will celebrate its 100th birthday in grand style. The entire community is invited to gather at the Iowa State Center courtyard near Hilton Coliseum from noon to 4 pm for a birthday party. This Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau Community Grant recipient event is sure to be a terrific celebration complete with live music, family amusements, displays, food for purchase, and a photo booth.

The party is just part of the fun. Mary Greeley hopes to break a Guinness World Record that day for hosting the largest reunion of people born at the same hospital. The current record is 1,221 and is held by a hospital in the Philippines. Mary Greeley officials are confident the community can outdo the Philippines, but will need your help to reach the magic number.

If you were born at Mary Greeley and want to be part of the world record attempt, there are two things that you’ll need to do. First let Mary Greeley Medical Center know that you are coming by registering online or you can register the day of the event. The second thing you’ll need to do is present your birth certificate that says you were born at Mary Greeley, no additional documentation is needed. If your certificate doesn't list Mary Greeley, you can also provide a hospital-issued birth notice or ask Mary Greeley to check their records to verify your birth at the medical center.

Share your “Born at Mary Greeley” Story

Besides getting ready for the big birthday party on August 7th, Mary Greeley is also collecting stories about the day you (or your children) were born at Mary Greeley. The hospital delivers around 1,000 babies a year, so there are lots of “Born at Mary Greeley” stories! To share your story, visit their website and submit your story online. The hospital already has a sampling of the stories on their website and more are regularly being added. Be sure to take a look… They are heartwarming glimpses into the lives of those born at Mary Greeley.

Captain Greeley Would Be Proud

Mary Greeley Medical Center was a gift to the City of Ames from Captain Wallace Greeley, an officer in the Union Army during the Civil War who went on to become a prominent banker, businessman, state legislator and mayor of Ames during the 19th and early 20th centuries. His beloved wife, Mary, died in 1914, leading her grieving husband to build the hospital named in her honor and give it to the community.

At the hospital’s dedication on September 24, 1916, Captain Greeley eulogized his wife by saying, “It affords me great pleasure, more than words can express, that I contribute something towards the welfare of not only those now in need, but also for those who will be here long after we have passed away.”

Captain Greeley’s vision lives on today at Mary Greeley Medical Center. He would be proud of the caring professionals who walk the halls of the hospital. And given the care he took to ensure the medical center offered the best possible treatments available in 1916, he would be pleased to see how Mary Greeley has grown to meet the needs of the community, offering not only advanced technology, but a comfortable and convenient healing environment. There’s no doubt Captain Greeley would be happy our community is gathering to celebrate the hospital’s 100 years of faithful service to Ames and the surrounding area. Happy Birthday, Mary Greeley Medical Center!

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