Opening of Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston

Charleston Daily Mail
December 8, 1946

Thomas Hospital To Open Monday

The Herbert J. Thomas Memorial hospital in South Charleston will be opened Monday, it was announced Saturday by D. B. Benedict, president of its board of trustees.

Opening of the hospital, it was stressed, was decided upon because of the acute shortage of hospital space in this immediate area.

A. L. Bailey, administrator of the new institution, said a shortage of nurses will prevent the opening of the second floor of the north wing of the institution. He added that it will be made available to the public when qualified nurses become available.

The part of the hospital being opened will have 35 beds for immediate utilization.

The public has subscribed $118,000 in a fund drive to make possible the opening and Mr. Benedict said the drive to reach the goal of $125,000 would continue.

The hospital association that will operate the institution has leased it from the town of South Charleston for 35 years.

The new medical center is named for a South Charleston Marine who was killed in action in the Pacific theater and who was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Dr. J. Ross Hunter has been named chief of staff and Mrs. Mary B. Whitten is superintendent of nurses, Mr. Bailey said.

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