The Ransom family has been synonymous with the Franklin County health community for nearly a century. Ottawa’s hospital was named after the family from its origins back in 1929.
The hospital joined forces with AdventHealth in May, and board members wanted to make sure the Ransom family name stayed synonymous with the hospital. Hospital officials and board members had a rededication ceremony Thursday and announced the hospital facility, at 1301 S. Main St., would be renamed The Ransom Building
“This to me feels like a small way to repay what that family has done in our community and how they have laid a foundation for health care, Matt Heyn, AdventHealth Ottawa CEO, said. “We have continued to build upon that foundation. To have the main hospital campus named The Ransom Building, in honor of that family. It is nice for what the family has done for us.”
Heyn said this was borne from an idea that came from RMH board members.
“We have to do something for the family that the hospital has been historically named after,” Heyn said. “This is an important event for our community hospital, community and for the Ransom family. It is an honor to honor the Ransom family.”
Heyn unveiled a plaque in the family’s honor. The plaque was inscripted with the history of the Ransom family and how the hospital became known as Ransom Memorial Hospital.
“The official bronze plaque will be proudly displayed by the south entrance of the hospital,” Heyn said.
Janet Peters, RMH board chair, read the inscription and family history. She said A.L. Cook in 1929 donated land and $50,000 to build a hospital. The catch was the community needed to contribute $50,000 and the Franklin County Commission would be in charge of the hospital. Peters said those obligations were met, and the hospital opened its doors in 1931.
Peters told of Mr. Cook honoring his uncle, James Harvey ‘Cap’ Ransom, from whom he got his start in business, by naming the hospital Ransom Memorial Hospital. That association has been strong ever since.
Heyn said the future of the hospital appears to be bright with its new affiliation.
“Growth — that is our plan,” Heyn said. “We now have financial support. We have a big brother who’s an expert in many things that we can tap into. The health system — bar none — it is an amazing, top-shelf health system. As we continue to fulfill our lofty mission of ‘extending the healing ministry to Christ,’ that mission statement sets the bar pretty high.”