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Name: Holden Hospital

Historical Note:

In 1912, Carrie Holden gave her home in Litchfield, Illinois to the Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church in Southern Illinois to establish a hospital. This came to be The Holden Hospital Corporation of Carbondale, officially opening in 1916 as a non-profit institution for the purpose of healing and care of the sick and needy by the Methodist Church of Southern Illinois. A training school for nurses was established shortly thereafter, and operated until 1936.

In 1924, an addition was built to the original building.  On March 4, 1940, fire destroyed a section of the original building, with damage amounting to $40,000.  By October of 1941, all repairs were made and the new South wing was occupied.  In 1949, the last of the original building was torn down because it had become too much of a fire hazard.

In 1955, a fund drive was launched to attempt to raise $220,000 for an expansion program.  The drive failed, and the board recommended closing the hospital, but the Southern Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church reorganized the hospital and was able to keep it open.

On February 7, 1958, an agreement was reached with the Southern Illinois Hospital Corporation to sell the hospital.  After a three-year legal battle, the sale was completed on September 1, 1961.  In 1965, it was announced that Holden Hospital was being consolidated with Doctors Memorial Hospital, and would become primarily an extended care hospital.

The hospital property was sold in 1967 to the First National Bank of Carbondale, but the hospital remained in operation until April 15, 1971, when the new wing of Doctors Memorial Hospital was completed and the facilities at Holden were all transferred.

Shortly thereafter, the old section of the hospital, built in 1924, was demolished, but the rest of the building was retained as an office building until 1976, when the last of the building was torn down to make way for a parking lot.

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