Old Hospital, Fitzgerald


Fitzgerald’s first general hospital was built in the late 1920s or early 1930s to replace Dr. Dudley B. Ware’s much smaller convalescent hospital on Central Avenue.

My grandmother worked here in the 1950s and my mother and father were born here. It was used by the community until 1974 when a more modern facility, Dorminy Memorial Hospital [now Dorminy Medical Center] opened. When I was growing up, the hospital housed the Cooperative Extension office and other governmental offices.

It was lost to arson in 2012.

6 thoughts on “Old Hospital, Fitzgerald

  1. Patricia King

    My mom worked there for years in housekeeping along with Thelma Palmer, Willie Baker, Eddie Paul (deceased), Tim Paulk (deceased), Jamie Brown and Gregory Spivey.. I had my tonsils removed at that hospital at the age of 8 years old…As a teenager I worked there 2 summers under the JTPA program under Mrs. Guiraldo when it became the Community Service Center that had a food bank and clothing bank….Oh I remember it oh so well.

  2. Gail Ries

    My great- aunt, Katie Young, ran the LPN program and lived in the house across the street. My mother worked there and I was born there.

  3. Ernest Lamar Fordham Jr.

    Our family moved to Fitzgerald in 1952 and our first home was a house at 507 Magnolia on the same side of the street and just across the alley from the hospital. We lived there for several years before moving over to the 400 block of West Central Avenue. Now the entire block is stripped.


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