The oldest civilian hospital in Lawton, Southwestern Medical Center began as Turner and Lewis Private Hospital and Training School for Nurses on October 17, 1907. Drs. Turner and Lewis saw the need for a modern hospital in the frontier city of Lawton, Oklahoma and were determined to bring the best healthcare possible to their adopted hometown. They built a brick institution at the corner of 4th Street and South Boundary (now 402 Lee Boulevard) with 12 beds in two three-bed wards (one for men and the other for women) and six private rooms. There was also a dining room, operating room and a doctors’ dressing room which also served as the laboratory as well as nursing quarters. By 1909, Drs. Turner and Lewis were providing ambulance service within Lawton and certain parts of Comanche County.
Turner and Lewis Private Hospital and Training School for Nurses (1907)
Southwestern Hospital (1911)
Southwestern Clinic Hospital
Southwestern became a member of the nation’s first employee-owned healthcare company in 1988 when it joined the EPIC Healthcare Group. Ownership was transferred when EPIC merged with HealthTrust, Inc., in 1994. Southwestern became part of America’s largest healthcare company when HCA, The Healthcare Company, merged with HealthTrust in February, 1995. Today, Southwestern Medical Center is a modern 243,267 square foot regional healthcare center where new technology is consistently incorporated. In December 2005, Southwestern Medical Center was purchased by RCCH. RCCH’s mission is to provide quality healthcare services in the communities it serves and will provide that healthcare in an affordable and easily accessible manner. Privately owned and self-sustaining for nearly a century, Southwestern Medical Center is a major force in Southwest Oklahoma with its tradition to nurture, heal and help. In the past year, the medical center contributed over $600,000 to the community in services, taxes and donations. Affiliation with RCCH enables Southwestern Medical Center to envision a future of continued growth while maintaining the legacy of Drs. Turner and Lewis: bring the latest medical technology home to Lawton, Oklahoma, to assure our friends and neighbors the best healthcare possible. It’s a matter of history; it’s a matter of pride.