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Happy First Birthday, St. Elizabeth Hospital!

The hospital officially marks one year in operation here on the Plateau on Feb. 2.

It was one year ago that first opened its doors for public use on Feb. 2, 2011, and it sure feels like time flew by.

We at Patch had just gotten our feet wet in learning about the Enumclaw community and were excited to cover such a monumental occasion as the grand opening of a facility that has come to represent so much more than a simple medical hospital (See our coverage of the , the and the ).

As we'd reported shortly after the ice storm in January, St. Elizabeth was one of the few places in town that still had power and served as a safe haven for folks looking for a warm place to go and hot food to eat ().

In its first year, the hospital wasn't without its share of challenges, including averting a as well as coming to terms with the .

The state-of-the-art technology that went behind the construction and operations of the hospital didn't go unnoticed either as the hospital was lauded as and received an .

The technology and the nature of patient care in the current economy were topics of conversation when the hospital celebrated six months in operation last summer (Read the stories: |).

And now six months beyond that, we'd like to wish St. Elizabeth Hospital a happy first birthday with many many more years of quality healthcare to come!

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