Martha Jefferson Hospital has special meaning for me, since that's where my son entered into this world (11 years ago this coming Friday). The hospital means a lot more, however, to the people who live in its shadow.
On December 9, 1929, Martha Jefferson opened its new, 50-bed facility on Locust Ave. Reported the Daily Progress: "The new $100,000 Martha Jefferson Hospital . . . was formally opened this morning. All equipment and patients were moved from the old building Saturday. The new plant . . . is well and modernly equipped. Eleven rooms have already been furnished by funds from people interested in the institution. The structure itself is considered one of the handsomest in the city. The old hospital will be utilized as a home for nurses." (courtesy http://www.marthajefferson.org/cent.php)
Circa 1970, before construction of the South wing began in 1972.
The new, $14.5 million South wing, dedicated on July 11, 1977. 24 years later, in April of 2001, Martha Jefferson Health Services agreed to purchase 84 acres in Albemarle County and soon began planning for the hospital's move to the 'burbs.