Fairlawn Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Fairlawn marked its 25th anniversary as an acute rehabilitation hospital with a celebration on Sept. 20, 2012. More than 250 people, including former and current patients, staff, and community leaders attended the celebration, which was held at Fairlawn.
In 1987, after 65 years as a small community hospital, Fairlawn transitioned to an acute rehabilitation focus. As it was in 1987, Fairlawn remains as the only acute rehabilitation hospital in Central Massachusetts.
Many individuals who pioneered Fairlawn’s role as the first acute rehab hospital in Central Massachusetts, as well as other former employees, attended the celebration. Current staff enjoyed visits with former patients who have benefited from the care received at Fairlawn.
The event’s keynote speaker, John Durkin, Ed.D., a former Fairlawn patient who served as Superintendent of the Worcester Public Schools (1981-1983), shared his story of how Fairlawn helped him to regain his mobility.
Along with interactive exhibits of innovative therapeutic technologies being used at Fairlawn, the event included:
- An exhibit tracing Fairlawn’s unique history as a family estate, small community hospital, and acute rehabilitation hospital.
- A time capsule display of items from each hospital department that will be sealed in the hospital archives for opening in 2037, the year Fairlawn will celebrate its 50th anniversary.