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The old Corvallis General Hospital has a date with the wrecking ball to make way for a student apartment complex. But before the walls come tumbling down, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center plans a tribute to the stately old brickpile where it got its start.

The old hospital opened in 1922 at 2750 N.W. Harrison Blvd., where it served as the community hospital for generations of Corvallis residents until 1975, when the renamed Good Samaritan Hospital moved to its current location on the north side of town.

At 4 p.m. Wednesday, members of the public are invited to share their personal recollections of the old hospital during a commemorative event in Conference Rooms A and B at Good Sam, 3600 N.W. Samaritan Drive.

People who want to have a piece of the former Corvallis General will have the opportunity to order a brick from the building, scheduled for demolition early next year, for $25. Proceeds from brick sales will be used to create a permanent memorial display at the Harrison Boulevard location.

Retired orthopedic surgeon Richard Cronk and Norma Massier, a nurse who still works for Samaritan, will talk about their experiences working at the old building.

A timeline will chronicle the hospital’s history through the years, and refreshments will be served.

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