July 29, 2019

Staff, community members and state officials celebrated Rusk State Hospital’s 100 years of service during the Centennial Employee Appreciation and Service Awards Luncheon on the campus grounds.

Rusk State Hospital Celebrates 100 Years
Rusk State Hospital employees receive recognition for their state service during the Centennial Employee Appreciation and Service Awards Luncheon.

Officials also gave service awards to 93 employees, including six who have served Texas for over 40 years on June 28. Eight Hospital Hero awards were given to employees nominated by fellow staff members for their excellent work.

Tim Bray, HHS associate commissioner for state hospitals, spoke about the importance of the inpatient psychiatric care facility, which opened in 1919.

“Rusk State Hospital has served the people of East Texas for 100 years,” Bray said during the opening ceremony. “We’re proud to be a part of this community, and we’re looking forward to working together for the next 100. We are truly focusing on our mission and providing the best care possible for people with mental illness.”