It was a wide-open space full of green grass, ground to till and endless agricultural possibilities, but Theodore Christoph had other plans for his acreage.  What occurred in 1954 changed the Chilton community for good.  He offered up his field to be the site of a new hospital.

Prior to that year, Calumet County made do without a medical facility - the closest being in Fond du Lac or Appleton.  A countywide search was conducted by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation to determine the best location for the hospital.  Because of its centralization, Chilton emerged as the forerunner.

Calmet Memorial Hospital was incorporated as an independent, tax-exempt, charitable non-profit, community facility.  With the help of the hospital association and auxiliary, generous volunteers and townsfolk, the required funds were raised in order to qualify for the U.S. Hill-Burton Program - a governmental agency that, at the time, assisted communities nationwide in financing the construction of community hospital facilities.

Beginning in 1956, families in Chilton and the surrounding communities had the 36-bed, 10 bassinet nursery and multi-specialty hospital to turn to in times of joy, crisis, and everything in between.

And six decades later, Calumet Medical Center is still here, providing personalized care close to home.  And home is where the heart is.

Now is the time to come together again.

"It is an outstanding achievement - the first hospital built in Calumet County, financed mainly by private subscription - and I am confident you will see your faith and generosity rewarded many times over during the coming years."

 - Governor Walter J. Kohler, 1956

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