Gretna Celebrates Opening of New Ramsey Memorial Medical Center

Gretna, VA-- On Saturday, folks in Gretna celebrated the grand opening of the brand new Ramsey Memorial Medical Center.

It's been a staple in the town of Gretna since the mid 1950s.

It was a day filled of nostalgia as folks remembered the old center as their home, but celebrated what the new state-of-the-art facility brings for the people of Gretna. A brand new 5,000 square foot Ramsey Memorial Medical Center in Gretna stands exactly where the old one once was.

"I am so happy with it. It's beautiful," said Eric Deaton, CEO of Danville Regional Medical Center.

The new facility has eight exam rooms, office space, onsite x-ray, basic lab testing and a community room. But before folks got to tour the new state-of-the-art facility, they remembered the person whom the building is dedicated to, Dr. Oscar Ramsey.

"He never let anything stop him from taking care of a patient or looking after the sick," said Oscar Aylor, Ramsey's grandson.

Beginning in 1908, Ramsey was known as the most dedicated community doctor.

"He had an office downtown in Gretna, but he did a lot in his home as well. People would come to his home frequently," said Aylor.

In 1955, two years after he passed away, Ramsey Memorial Medical Center was built to continue his legacy.

"It was just like home, it had been here all your life. I was born in '56 right after they opened it," said Deborah Price Moran, a Gretna resident.

In 1991, Danville Regional Medical Center partnered with Ramsey Memorial to lease the building. Last year, construction began to replace the old center with this new one.

"It's a great legacy of wonderful primary care that has been given on this site. This is a new building, but it's on the same site, so there's a lot of great memories for a lot of people here," said Deaton.

The community room in the new facility is named after Doctors Lester and Glenn Bonds. They spent many years practicing at Ramsey Memorial Medical Center. The facility will be up and running on Thursday and will offer extended hours in the near future.