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From left, Comanche County Memorial Hospital CEO Brent Smith visits with William and Stephanie Drewry during the ceremony at the new Drewry Family Emergency Center on Tuesday. The center is named in memory of Jimmie and R.H. Drewry as a way of giving back to the community.

Ceremony marks July opening of Drewry Family Emergency Center

A helicopter was parked on top of the new Drewry Family Emergency Center during ribbon cutting ceremonies for the new facility that will open in July. 

A crowd of over 100 people gathered inside the center on Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the medical facility.

Brent Smith, chief executive officer of Comanche County Memorial Hospital, welcomed everyone on behalf of approximately 2,000 employees and more than 250 physicians. He said the hospital has signed a new long-term agreement with Survival Flight Inc., headquartered in Mesa, Ariz., for emergency medical helicopter transportation.

He also recognized people who had helped make the center possible, including retired Maj. Gen. Lee Baxter and his wife, Terry Giannella Baxter; and Karen and Dr. Robert Drewry, Stephanie and William Drewry, and Frank and Suzy Drewry Battaglia. 

The Drewrys' donation of an undisclosed amount was in memory of their parents, Jimmie and R.H. Drewry, as a way of giving back to the community that supported the Drewry family's many businesses in Lawton and Southwest Oklahoma for more than 80 years.

Dr. Richard Boatsman of the Comanche County Memorial Hospital Foundation said Jimmie and R.H. Drewry worked very hard in the early days of Lawton to make Lawton what it is. He also pointed out the plaque on the wall telling about the life of Mrs. Josephin

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