Frye History Exibit Opens December 18 
Tuesday, 14 December 2010 

  Exceptional Care, a Century Strong
Frye’s 100th Anniversary Exhibit Set to Open

With a “mission of mercy and healing,” Dr. Jacob Shuford opened Richard Baker Hospital in 1911. With an initial 14 beds, Dr. Shuford helped to heal a community with the same compassion instilled in him by his mentor, Dr. Richard Baker. In 1934, Dr. Shuford sold the hospital to Dr. Glenn R. Frye, and the tradition of providing excellent care to patients and their families continued.

The influence of both these outstanding physicians and surgeons remains with the community and continues to live on. These men – Frye Regional Medical Center’s founders – provided years of devotion and determined care to the people of Catawba County and beyond. It is through the dedication of these men that Frye Regional Medical Center is proud to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

As part of the celebration, Frye Regional Medical Center is proud to introduce an exhibit commemorating its 100th anniversary, Exceptional Care, a Century Strong. The exhibit will showcase objects used in the early years of the hospital, portraits of the founding doctors, and photographs that express the hospital’s proud history and stability. Also on display will be a replica of a mid 20th century doctor’s office, similar to what a patient would experience when visiting Dr. Frye.

The exhibit opens on Saturday, December 18, 2010, and will be on display at the Hickory History Center, located at 310 North Center Street in Hickory. Exceptional Care, a Century Strong will run through November 2011, and will showcase a changing component within the main exhibit. The first changing component is called “A Peaceful Respite: The Leona B. and E.R. Carpenter Foundation Hospitality House.” This display honors the Frye Regional Medical Center Auxiliary’s compassion for continued care through the services offered at the Hospitality House. A home specifically designed for family members of patients, it offers rest and relaxation under the gentle care of the home’s volunteers and manager, and will be celebrating its 18th anniversary in December. 

Exceptional Care, a Century Strong continues the tradition of dedication that Frye Regional Medical Center takes in recognizing the importance of both quality care and the commitment to continually provide for the community.

For more information on Exceptional Care, a Century Strong, please visit the website at