As part of Frye Regional Medical Center’s ongoing celebration of its 100th anniversary this year, the Honorable Mayor Rudy Wright presented Frye’s Chief Executive Officer Michael Blackburn with an official “Frye Day” proclamation at City Council’s April 19 meeting at City Hall.
The proclamation was granted at the request of Frye Regional Medical Center in honor of the late Dr. Glenn Raymer Frye’s birthday on April 29 and states, “Whereas, Dr. Frye, who was born on April 29, 1894…served as a model of community and civic service through his involvement as a physician, as a Rotarian, as a trustee of Lenoir–Rhyne College, and as a devoted husband and father. The years of service provided by Dr. Frye to the people of Hickory led to the renaming of the hospital in his memory in 1974…”
“Whereas, Frye Regional Medical Center provides millions of dollars annually in charity care, discounts for the uninsured, and to numerous local charities, consistent with the example set by Dr. Frye...”
Mayor Wright concluded, “…I Rudy Wright, Mayor of the City of Hickory, do hereby proclaim April 29, 2011 as “Frye Day” in the City of Hickory in honor of all of the physicians, administrators, staff and volunteers who have served the residents of Hickory for 100 years.”
Following the proclamation, CEO Michael Blackburn addressed council members with words of gratitude and appreciation for their support. He recognized author Michael Barrick of Frye Regional Medical Center’s centennial book, Exceptional Care, a Century Strong-A Mission of Mercy and Healing and exhibit coordinator and historian Heather Decklenick, for their dedication to researching, documenting and preserving the history of Frye Regional Medical Center.
Copies of Exceptional Care, a Century Strong-A Mission of Mercy and Healing, are available through the Frye Auxiliary Gift Shop inside the main lobby of the hospital.