In the late 1930s, two Bosque County physicians had a dream – to provide the citizens of the area with the best health care in the most modern facilities available. That dream belonged to Drs. Van Goodall and Seth Witcher and their wives. It became a reality in 1939 with the formation of a medical clinic and a 10 bed hospital.
Through the years the dream and the facility grew. The hospital was updated with the latest medical technology, and more doctors and staff were added to the expanded services.
In July 1966 the privately-owned hospital started by the Goodalls and Witchers was turned over to a governing board of trustees charged with guiding the newly formed private, not-for-profit Goodall-Witcher Hospital Foundation.
In 1972 a new hospital was built, and the clinic was moved to the present location west of downtown Clifton on Highway 219.
In July 1995 the name of the foundation was changed to Goodall-Witcher Healthcare Foundation to more accurately reflect the broadened scope of care provided to the community.
Today the Goodall-Witcher Healthcare Foundation is the umbrella for Goodall-Witcher Hospital, Clifton Medical Clinic, Goodall-Witcher Home Health Agency, Goodall-Witcher Nursing Facility, and Goodall-Witcher Fitness and Wellness Center.
On March 31, 1969, the Goodall-Witcher Hospital Auxiliary held its first meeting. Throughout its history the auxiliary has remained dedicated to the purpose members established in the original by- laws: “To promote and advance the welfare of the Goodall-Witcher Healthcare Foundation.”
The auxiliary is an essential volunteer service organization dedicated to raising funds to purchase equipment and provide scholarships for employees pursuing healthcare careers. Health-oriented educational programs are provided at member meetings.
The Goodall-Witcher Healthcare Foundation Memorial Fund was established early in 1966 to accept and administer gifts of money and property from individuals and organizations interested in furthering the growth and development of Goodall-Witcher Hospital.
In addition to the foundation’s memorial fund, the hospital’s auxiliary established another mode of giving gifts to benefit the hospital and its worthy projects. Gifts can be made in memory or in honor of individuals and/or organizations. The Goodall-Witcher Healthcare Endowment Fund was established by the auxiliary in honor of Drs. Van Goodall and Seth Witcher for their contributions to the community and the hospital.
Goodall-Witcher Healthcare Foundation is a non-profit facility and receives no operating support from tax dollars. The foundation relies on donations to help provide the best care and treatment in an atmosphere of love. Your gift is greatly appreciated and tax deductible, as provided by law.
The Generations Garden at Goodall-Witcher Healthcare Foundation was designed to be a place of beauty and solitude, and to celebrate birth as well as to memorialize those who have passed. The tranquil surroundings provide visitors with a place for privacy and meditation. The bricks that make up the footpaths of the garden recognize and remember individuals who have lived in the community. Special areas in the garden designate the “birthday bricks”, and recognize those born at Goodall-Witcher Hospital. Bricks are available for $100 each, and proceeds benefit the ongoing fundraising activities of Goodall-Witcher Healthcare Foundation.
The Goodall-Witcher Healthcare Foundation was organized in July 1966 as a non-profit corporation for the purpose of owning and operating a non-profit hospital, ancillary facilities and related healthcare services for the public good. The foundation recognizes the charitable purpose under which it was organized and fulfills its mission in a charitable manner, not only in the area of direct patient care, but also in areas of public service such as nursing education, public education and emergency medical services.
The mission of Goodall-Witcher Healthcare Foundation is to render high-quality healthcare services to persons seeking hospital care and other health-related services provided by the foundation, without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, political belief or the ability to pay. Briefly stated: “The mission of the Goodall-Witcher Healthcare Foundation is to provide access to and the delivery of quality healthcare services through efficient, comprehensive, and friendly care.”
The Goodall-Witcher Healthcare Foundation and all of its entities are licensed in Texas and are Medicare-approved providers. Memberships include: Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals, Texas Hospital Association, American Hospital Association, Association of Rural Health Clinics, and Texas Association of Home Health Agencies.
Throughout the years the Goodall-Witcher Healthcare Foundation has been recognized as a leading provider of outstanding healthcare. The Clifton Medical Clinic was recently recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for its voluntary participation in monitoring the influenza virus in and around Bosque County. Goodall-Witcher Healthcare Foundation was voted “Best Employer” in Bosque County in 2011 and 2012 by readers of the Clifton Record, and the Goodall-Witcher Nursing Facility has again been rated a “5-Star Nursing Facility” by Medicare. The U.S. News and World Report also recognized the nursing facility as one of “America’s Best” nursing facilities in the nation. The Goodall-Witcher Hospital has received many awards for both healthcare excellence and contributions to the local community. The hospital has received the Thomson Top 100 Hospitals award two years in a row for excellence in delivery of patient care, and has been recognized for giving back to the community (city, county, region) with a ‘5-Star’ designation in the Cleverley and Associates’ Community Value Index as published in the State of the Hospital Industry – 2005 Edition.