Milton S. Hershey built many facilities in his lifetime, but the Health Center on Route 322 in Hershey holds special meaning for many, particularly those who were born there (as my husband and his twin brother were.)
Serious structural problems will prevent Milton Hershey School from renovating the facility as previously planned, and the building is slated for demolition this spring. But the school has made arrangements for anyone who treasures the memories of the old hospital to own a small part of the building. Keepsake, commemorative bricks from the facility will be sold as a fundraiser for the Student Government Association Fund for Charitable Giving.
Members of the School's Student Government Association will personally clean and prepare bricks before plaques are affixed. To order your brick, please call (717) 520-2060 or e-mail Wanda Hurst at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $20.
Built in the 1930s, the School Health Center opened its doors to the local community in 1941 when the Hershey Community Hospital in the Community Center became inadequate. The facility served both students and community members until the Hershey Medical Center was built in 1970.
The building was in use until July 2008 when the first phase of the MHS Health Center expansion was completed.