MARY ALFORD, The News-Enterprise
Diane Logsdon’s association with Hardin Memorial Health began when the hospital did in 1954.
When Hardin Memorial Hospital first opened its doors, Logsdon, who was 11 at the time, toured the facility and said she remembers being impressed by everything she was seeing.
“I can still remember to this day taking a tour of the new hospital and just being infatuated,” she said. “I thought I would like to go into something in the medical field and that really never changed.”
Logsdon went on to be in the first graduating class of the nursing program at Elizabethtown Community College, now Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. Hardin Memorial Hospital has served as a clinical rotation site for nursing students at ECTC since the program’s inception in 1965.
During her time in service at the hospital, Logsdon worked in several capacities, such as staff nurse, house supervisor, director of medical/surgical nursing and vice president of planning and development. She retired in 2012 as vice president and chief operating officer.
With her long career at the hospital, it was no surprise that when Logsdon retired she still wanted to be involved in some way. One way she has done that is by creating: “HMH: A Pictorial History Celebrating 60 Years.”
The book depicts the hospital’s history from 1954 to 2014.
Logsdon tirelessly researched, digging through boxes of hundreds of old photographs and slides for the project. She calls it a “labor of love” and a legacy to those who have served and continue to serve Hardin Memorial Health.
The book is divided into three parts. Part one is focused on the hospital’s first 30 years beginning in 1954. The second part focuses on volunteer auxiliary, staff and physicians, partnership with the military, support from the community and giving back. The third part focuses on HMH’s continued growth from 1985 through 2014.
One of the main reasons she created the book, Logsdon said, was so Hardin Memorial Health’s history could continue to live on.
“The one real thought on that history was I knew with all of the folks that have been there and started with me, the people retiring and getting out, I knew if the history was not captured, it would be lost. I didn’t want this history to be lost,” she said.
Logsdon said publisher Scott Goldberg of Progressive Publishing Services was phenomenal in assisting her and bringing her book to fruition. She said he was able to interpret her goals and help turn the book into the final format presented.
Logsdon said the book also has a QR Code with access to a video of Dr. Edward Hand, who was the last surviving member of the original Hardin Memorial Hospital medical staff. Hand closed his practice in Vine Grove in 1994, following 43 years of service to his patients and the community. He died May 8, which Logsdon said was only a few days before the book went to press.
Logsdon, a Hardin Memorial Health Foundation member, will be at the HMH Auxiliary Gift Shop from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday for a book signing. Books cost $39.99 plus tax and can be purchased at the Auxiliary Gift Shop, Hardin County Chamber of Commerce or Tony York’s on Main in Glendale. The books also are available online at ourhmh.org/60-year-history. Only 275 books were printed.
Dennis Johnson, HMH president and CEO, said in a statement it was a distinct honor and privilege for him to call Logsdon a colleague and friend.
“Diane Logsdon has devoted her career to caring for others, first as a nurse and then as the most tenured executive in the history of Hardin Memorial,” he said. “Diane also serves this community and Commonwealth tirelessly, in too many volunteer roles to mention,” he said.
Johnson said Logsdon was instrumental in the start of the Hardin Memorial Hospital Foundation many years ago, and then was the catalyst in relaunching the community-based foundation board two years ago.
“It is therefore so fitting that all the proceeds from this book will return to the HMH Foundation,” Johnson said. “What an honor for all of us fortunate enough to work with and know Diane.”