Jordan Hospital was named for Plymouth summer resident Eben Jordan whose $20,000 was key to the seaside community’s hospital founding in 1901. More than a century later, the 155-bed hospital will retire the name of its benefactor and become Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth when Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center formally takes over Jordan on Jan 1.
Jordan chief executive Peter Holden said he realizes that will be a big adjustment for many in the sprawling town.
“There’s always that emotional attachment and that appreciation of the past,” Holden said. “But with everything Massachusetts and the country is undergoing in terms of health care reform, you’ve got to look ahead. We’re certainly looking to a better future with Beth Israel Deaconess than we’d have any right to expect on our own.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.