Kadlec is marking its 70th anniversary with a community event Thursday at John Dam Plaza in Richland.
The party is 5 to 8 p.m. Snacks and giveaways are planned, and patients and staff will be able to share their stories about Kadlec, which opened in 1944 to care for Hanford workers and their families.
The U.S. government eventually turned over ownership to the Methodist Church and Kadlec was renamed Kadlec Methodist Hospital, according to information from the health system.
“In 1969, ownership turned over to a not-for-profit organization making Kadlec the only hospital in the state of Washington and only one of few in the country that started as a government medical facility then turning back over to its citizens,” information said.
By then, Kadlec had outgrown its facility and in 1971 a new four-story, 136-bed hospital opened in the current location, the information said.
Kadlec now includes the hospital -- a regional medical center -- and a network of clinics and services in the Tri-Cities. In June, it announced plans to form an affiliation with Providence Health & Services, a large health network that operates in five sates.
The anniversary event is in coordination with the Live@5 summer concert series.
To learn more about Kadlec's anniversary, go to www.kadlec.org/70years.