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Camden Clark Hospital

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Anne Gaither Thompson married Johnson Newlon Camden on June 22, 1858. Camden amassed a fortune as John D. Rockefeller's right hand man in West Virginia. Anne made their home at 717 Ann Street the social center of Parkersburg. She died August 6,1918, at the age of 83. Camden heirs offered the Camden mansion to the City of Parkersburg for use as a city hospital with the stipulation that the name of the hospital be Anne Camden Memorial Hospital


On July 14, 1897, the Parkersburg City Council authorized the issuance of bonds to purchase a site for a city hospital. The city bought a home at 514-516 Wells Street (now Thirteenth Street) for $6,500 to use as a hospital later that year. Dr. William Johnson Davidson, superintendent of the new hospital, reported to the city council that from February 1 to September 1, 1898, 70 patients received care. Of that 70, three died-one from a stab wound, another from typhoid, and the last from an unspecified disease


Senator J. N. Camden House 1920

Early view of Camden House after it was Camden Clark Hospital


Camden Clark Hospital 1920


Camden Clark Hospital 1918


Camden Clark Hospital 1952


Camden Clark Hospital 1963


Camden Clark Hospital new construction 1963


In 1831, 22-year-old Andrew Gibson Clark rode horseback from Winchester, Virginia, to Parkersburg. He studied medicine under Parkersburg doctors McGuire and Stafford before going to Lexington, Kentucky, to further his studies at Transylvania University. In 1843 the now Dr. Clark returned to Parkersburg to establish his practice. After a long and distinguished career, Dr. Clark died in 1902 at the age of 93. He bequeathed $10,000 to the City of Parkersburg to be used in founding a hospital for the poor.


The first hospital nursing school program in West Virginia began at City Hospital on March 15, 1898. Fifteen young women enrolled in the program, which included classes in obstetrics, anatomy, and general nursing. Pictured above are five members of the first class. Nine of the original 15 enrollees graduated in 1903.





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