Virginia "Jennie" Gilmer

Virginia "Jennie" Gilmer (HM14D9)

Location: Anderson, SC 29621 Anderson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 30.733', W 82° 38.817'

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Out of Whose Vision, Leadership and Love to Humanity was Born a New Hospital

Virginia "Jennie" Gilmer is widely recognized as the founder of Anderson's first hospital, which over the years evolved into Anmed Health, the largest private not-for-profit health system in South Carolina. Despite less than full support from many of the city's residents, Mrs. Gilmer forged ahead, and construction on the new hospital was begun in 1907. The 25-bed hospital opened on the south side of the present-day Anmed Hospital Center Campus on April 20, 1908.

In 2007, the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Anderson Independent-Mail, in cooperation with the Foothills Community Foundation, sponsored a community wide campaign to raise funds for a memorial honoring Mrs. Gilmer, her vision, and her lasting impact on the community. Sculptor an Wells was commissioned to create this bronze sculpture of the Anmed Health founder. Mrs. Wells worked on the piece for nearly a year using old photographs to capture the likeness and spirit of Mrs. Gilmer with her young child. The sculpture was dedicated on April 20, 2008, to commemorate Anmed Health's 100 years of service to mankind.
HM NumberHM14D9
Series This marker is part of the Markers Attached to Sculpture series
Year Placed2008
Placed ByScripps Howard Foundation and the Anderson Independent-Mail, in cooperation with the Foothills Community Foundation
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Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 6:18pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 348819 N 3820183
Decimal Degrees34.51221667, -82.64695000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 30.733', W 82° 38.817'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 30' 43.98" N, 82° 38' 49.02" W
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Area Code(s)864
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300 N Fant St, Anderson SC 29621, US
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