A Regional Hospital
As the shiny new facility neared completion, High Point Memorial officially changed its name to High Point Regional Hospital, to reflect the new focus on quality health care for High Point and surrounding communities in Guilford, Randolph, Davidson and Forsyth counties and throughout the Triad.
On Nov. 8, 1985, en route to a campaign fund raiser, then Vice President George Bush visited High Point Regional Hospital’s nearly completed facility and presided at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. He congratulated High Point on the construction of its new hospital and, more importantly, on “the propensity of one American to help another.
|U.S. Surgeon General,
C. Everett Koop, MD
February 28, 1986
An underground tunnel, connecting the old hospital to the new, provided a thoroughfare for transferring patients to the new facility on January 8, 1986.
"A Marvelous New Facility"
"I would submit to you that a change has come upon the practice of medicine. Gone are the days when a hospital merely can be concerned about the alleviation of suffering and the saving of lives. Today, doctors in particular, and healthcare providers in general, are expected to be involved in a number of social issues that are not in the traditional practice of medicine. I believe you have a very exciting era ahead of you. And think what an advantage you have to see it all happen within the walls of an institution like this and under the influence of this marvelous new facility."
—C. Everett Koop, M.D., U.S. Surgeon General
High Point Regional Hospital dedication ceremony, Feb. 28th, 1986
The Endowment Fund
In 1986, the Hospital's Board of Trustees established a formal "safety net" for health care in the community by creating the Endowment Fund. The intent was to insure the hospital’s ability to meet the constantly changing demands of providing health care.