Frye Seeks Stories for 100 Year Anniversary 
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 
Richard Baker Hospital 1911 
In his commencement speech at Jefferson Medical College, Dr. Glenn Frye simply stated the role of a doctor, “In the day of happiness and health he is not needed, but when the grim visage of death stalks in the shadows and threatens some beloved member of the home, then is the trusted physician, wise of hand and kind of heart, a most welcome visitor. Then can his gentle touch, his soothing words, and acts of thoughtful kindness bring cheer into the home and bind to him for life the anxious hearts looking to him as the messenger of life.”

The strength and trust of the physician, as well as the patient is demonstrated in Dr. Frye’s belief of the importance of the patient-physician relationship. As Dr. Frye expected the very best of his staff, holding in high esteem their ability to provide the best in medical care to the patient, the patient expected the care received to be the very best and most advanced.

It is in this spirit of care and well-being that Frye Regional Medical Center (FRMC) prepares for its 100th anniversary celebration, Exceptional Care, a Century Strong. The celebration includes an exhibit and a book detailing the proud history of the hospital, as well as the surrounding community. Within the historical details of the hospital are stories of devotion, care, and FRMC’s firm belief in providing an environment in which physicians are empowered with the equipment and services available to meet patients’ needs.

In order to encompass all that Frye Regional Medical Center has offered through a century of care, the public’s help is needed. In the spirit of the physician-patient relationship FRMC is in need of personal memories and stories. If you were once a patient of FRMC, or had the opportunity to work with the hospital, we would like to hear from you. Additionally, if you possess old photographs, memorabilia, uniforms, newspaper clippings, medical instruments, and other artifacts dating from 1911 – when the hospital was first founded as Richard Baker Hospital – or any time since, please share them with FRMC exhibit curator, Heather Deckelnick.

You can reach Heather by phone, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 828-455-4648, or by email at 

The book is scheduled for release in December, and the exhibit will be on display at the Hickory History Center, from December 2010 to November 2011. It will showcase objects used in the early years of the hospital, portraits of the founding doctors, and photographs that will illustrate the hospital’s growth, staff and achievements. It is with your help that together our personal and shared collections can be preserved to keep alive the dedication that FRMC takes in recognizing the importance of exceptional care and commitment to the community, and share the history for generations to come.