CCHS Hosts Free Community Dinners in honor of 50th Anniversary Celebration

September 25, 2018

For Immediate Release

ATLANTIC – Cass County Memorial Hospital and Atlantic Medical Center have both reached a historical landmark in 2018: 50 years of caring for southwest Iowa. In celebration, Cass County Health System will host four free chili dinners during October. The meals will be served from 5 – 6:30 pm at the following locations:


October 3        Cass County Memorial Hospital Cafeteria

October 17       Griswold Community Center

October 23      Anita Community Center

October 30       CAM Middle School Cafeteria, Massena


“We have been celebrating our 50th anniversaries all year, and this is our way to say thank you to the people of southwest Iowa for helping us achieve this milestone,” said Brett Altman, CEO.  “It has been our privilege to be a part of these communities and families, and we are excited to celebrate alongside them.”


In November 1965 there was a public vote to determine if the Atlantic Memorial Hospital would become a county hospital. The measure passed, although by a mere 14 votes! The E.A. Kelloway family donated the land for a new building and the groundbreaking was held in April 1967. After 18 months of construction, a dedication was held October 6 and patients were moved to the new facility on October 12, 1968. Major construction projects updated the facility in 1972, 1997, and 2013.


“Over the past 50 years, CCMH and Atlantic Medical Center have continued to grow and adapt to the ever-changing healthcare environment,” Brett noted.  “We have been fortunate to have had outstanding physicians, advance practice providers and supporting staff who have all worked together to provide excellent healthcare and a superior experience to all those we serve.  We look forward to continuing our mission for the next 50 years!”