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Atlanta’s First Hospital


Other than the temporary hospitals during the Civil War, Atlanta’s first official hospital wasn’t established until 1880. When it opened, an Atlanta Constitution article announced, “Atlanta has a hospital at last.”

Initially located downtown, St. Joseph’s Infirmary was started by a group of four sisters from the Sisters of Mercy order. Adding a nursing school in 1900 and a surgical wing in 1902, it continued expanding to become one of the nation’s top-ranked hospitals.

The hospital moved to its current Peachtree Dunwoody location in 1978, and was renamed Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital in 2011 after partnering with Emory University.

Caroline Parsley, The 100 Companies

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Kristine nathanson July 21, 2016 - 3:37 pm

Where is this building? Still standing?

Jan Schroder July 21, 2016 - 4:51 pm

It’s been long gone, but we are not sure of the date when it was torn down.


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