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Re: Freeman School of Nursing/WVA
In Response To: Freeman School of Nursing/WVA ()

I could not find any information on Freeman School of Nursing in Bluefield West Virginia, but perhaps some of the resources below may be of help to your research or give you other ideas of resources to search.

BLUEFIELD REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, A CENTURY OF PROGRESS: A HISTORY OF BLUEFIELD REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, BLUEFIELD COMMUNITY HOSPITAL, BLUEFIELD SANITARIUM. By Stuart McGehee (Parsons: McClain Printing Co. 1997. Pp. 89. )

This is a sponsored, institutional history published to honor the medical service provided by the Bluefield Regional Medical Center and its predecessors. Stuart McGehee reaches back to the arrival of Dr. Franke Fox in Bluefield in 1892 as the Norfolk and Western Railroad Company Surgeon for the Pocahontas Division. Bluefield was at the time only a fledgling coal and railroad community without the population base to support a hospital. It would be some ten years before Dr. Fox, Dr. Wade St. Clair, and a few other local physicians would establish the Bluefield Sanitarium. From this beginning in an eight-room frame home, it expanded to include a number of buildings and connections to other hospitals in the area. In 1977 the community entered a major capital campaign to underwrite the construction of the Bluefield Community Hospital, opened in 1979. Ten years later, with a building expansion and the addition of services, the facility was renamed the Bluefield Regional Medical Center. This brief History of Bluefield Regional Medical Center is illustrated and based primarily on the institution's records and archival collections at the Craft Memorial Library. As the author states in his introduction, brevity of space did not permit the inclusion of all those who have contributed to the history of the hospital.

Here is a very interesting book on Midwifery in WV. Perhaps it may have so information that would be of help in your research: http://www.wvculture.org/history/journal_wvh/wvh49-5.html

Consider contacting The Wendell G. Hardwary Library at Bluefield College. There might be old newspapers about the school as well. You could check their periodicals. They also have an "ask a Librarian" e-mail address: http://www.bluefieldstate.edu/Library.htm

The Bluefield Historical Society may have some information:e-mail: info@bluefiedlhistoricalsociety.org

If you know or find out how the Freeman School of Nursing in Bluefield West Virginia was funded there maybe a treasure of information at a university in WV and or another state. I have been researching the Christiansburg Industrial Institute in Cambia, Virginia. I found the source of funding for it and located that the archive for the information is in a college in Pennsylvania.

I hope some of this information was helpful. Allen McClain


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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