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20140815 MRMC 60th-Anniversary 2896Pillars of Mission Regional Medical Center as well as the hospital’s history are commemorated on a “journey wall” unveiled Friday in honor of the nonprofit’s 60th anniversary.

Javier Iruegas, CEO of the hospital, said he expects the hospital to add to the wall in the coming years.

“These individuals were key to what we call courage … to help us reach that milestone in our most recent history, and for that courage and for saddling up in spite of what was happening at the time to go out and go to Washington and try to help secure funding for us,” Iruegas said.

Men honored as pillars of the hospital are Logan Duncan, Dr. Charles Mims, Eligio “Kika” de la Garza, Dr. Fernando Ortegon, Dr. Eduardo Borjon and Dr. Jesus Rodriguez Aguero.

Duncan served as mayor of Mission when the city formed the hospital was formed in 1954. Mims served as chief of staff at the municipal hospital.

Meanwhile, de la Garza, who served as a state legislator at the time, helped secure funding for a new building along with Ortegon, who served as mayor of Mission in the ’80s. Borjon, who served on the hospital’s board of directors in 1986, also helped secure funds for the facility.

Aguero has served as the hospital’s chief of staff and on the board of directors. He has helped secure funding for hospital expansion.

In 1981, the city transferred ownership of the hospital to an independent nonprofit organization.

“Being not for profit does not mean that we cannot make a profit,” Iruegas said of the hospital. “On the contrary, our revenues have to exceed our expenses in order to continue to improve our facility.

“What being not-for-profit does mean is that every dollar of profit that we make is reinvested back into the hospital’s programs, into services, into programs that benefit all of the community.”

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