Wise Sanitarium

Wise Sanitarium (HMQVA)

Location: Plains, GA 31780 Sumter County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 2.269', W 84° 23.433'

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Built in 1921 by Doctors Samuel, Thaddeus, and Bowman Wise, sons of Dr. Burr T. and Laura Addy Wise, early settlers of Plains, this innovative hospital was known as "the Mayo Clinic of the South". Originally opening above Plains Pharmacy in 1912 with 15 beds, it moved to the second floor of the A. C. Wellons building on Main Street in 1917 with 20 beds. In 1921, this building was built with 60 beds, an operating room, and an X-Ray room with radium treatment capability. Black patients were treated in a separate building to the rear of the main building. It was one of the first small hospitals in the state to be accredited by the American College of Surgeons and the American Medical and Hospital Association and also served as an accredited training school for nurses. It was here that Lillian Gordy Carter received her nurse training. Jimmy Carter, son of Earl and Lillian Carter, was born here on October 1, 1924. He was the first President of the United States to be born in a hospital.

On January 21, 1936 a fire damaged this building. Dr. Sam and Dr. Thad relocated their practice to Americus and Dr. Bowman opened an office in Plains.

Placed ByPlains Historical Preservation Trust
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Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 2:50pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 746412 N 3547605
Decimal Degrees32.03781667, -84.39055000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 2.269', W 84° 23.433'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 2' 16.14" N, 84° 23' 25.98" W
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Area Code(s)229
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 223-229 Hospital St, Plains GA 31780, US
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