Man Community Hospital

The Man Appalachian Regional Hospital (ARH), located in Man, West Virginia, was constructed from 1954 to 1956 by the Miners Memorial Hospital Association (MMHA), a not-for-profit that constructed hospitals and clinics and provided health services for the coal mining regions of eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia.2 Thousands of United Mine Workers of America workers and citizens celebrated the Miners Memorial Hospital openings, which were scattered throughout the region and provided modern health care in regions that had scant medical support.

Reportedly, the Man hospital grounds contained a major Indian village that was existant from 1450 to 1550 A.D., which was unearthed during construction.1

By the early 1960’s, the MMHA was facing financial difficulties and announced that it was closing some hospitals.2 Shortly after, the Board of National Missions formed a new not-for-profit medical services system, Appalachian Regional Hospitals (ARH), that purchased the Miners Memorial Hospitals. In 1986, the name of the system was changed to Appalachian Regional Healthcare to better define its expanding role.

In 2000, the ARH announced the closure of the Man ARH due to a lack of adequate funding, and the facility was shuttered in 2001.3


On February 9, 2009, plans were announced to demolish the Man ARH despite plans from Logan County to use the additions of the hospital for a Level 5 trauma center.5 The plans called for the older hospital sections to be demolished, with a new wing that would be constructed for the facility. The trauma center would be part of the Community Health Foundation of Man, which adjoined the disused hospital.

Community leaders made attempts to have the hospital reopened, and began seeking funding to purchase the property from ARH.6 In a sign of desperation, Logan Bank and Trust delayed foreclosure proceedings on the property until the county could take ownership of the land. But the hospital became a focal point for vandals, as well as a health hazard for the community. A fire was set on May 1, 2009 that was quickly put out, and it was suspected that vandals had started the fire to burn old files left in the hospital.4 In January 2011, out of liability concern, the Logan County Commission began the process of removing debris from the former hospital.6 Items, such as lighting fixtures and furniture, were removed in the cleanup.

Sources

  1. “Man, West Virginia.” WVExp. 6 Jan. 2005. 25 Oct. 2005 Entry.
  2. “About ARH.” Appalachian Regional Healthcare. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Mar. 2011. Article.
  3. “Man Appalachian Regional Hospital.” Blood Asylum. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Mar. 2011. Article.
  4. “Blaze in old Man hospital building extinguished.” Logan Banner 2 May 2009: n. pag. Web. 3 Mar. 2011. Article.
  5. Charles, J.D. “Man Hospital to be demolished.” Logan Banner 11 Feb. 2009: n. pag. Web. 3 Mar. 2011. Article.
  6. Charles, J.D. “County hauling debris from Man hospital.” Logan Banner 29 Jan. 2011: n. pag. Web. 3 Mar. 2011. Article.

11 Comments

  1. I stumbled upon your pictures of the abandoned Man Appalachian Regional Hospital (Man Community Hospital) while looking up abandoned buildings a couple years back, and for no understandable reason fell in love with the hospital through your photos. I made it a personal mission of mine to go down to Man, West Virginia, to see, explore, and photograph the hospital for myself, which I finally got the chance to do over Memorial Day weekend this year. The experience for me was amazing and surreal, seeing this hospital in person after wanting too for the past two years, but also was incredibly disturbing. After the hospital closed in 2001 it was never reopened and the damage done by time, nature, vandals, and copper-thieves, is incredible. The hospital sits in a state of almost complete disrepair, with little hope of it ever reopening. When the hospital was closed, they literally walked out and locked the doors, leaving everything behind (beds, chairs, computers, medical records, blood samples, copier, x-rays, CT scanner). The county currently owns the property and for the past few years has been seeking funding to tear the hospital down or find a buyer to potentially build a new health care facility. It is so sad to see this once important and life-saving building in the state it is in, and in a region in need of good health care, to see an abandoned hospital in a state of such decay, has to be a huge insult.

    I didn't know if you would want an update about the hospital, but I wanted to share my thoughts after being there. If you would like to see pictures of the hospital today, I have put the address to my Flickr page containing photos of my trip there. Thanks for a great website dedicated to the history and memory of abandoned buildings.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dunmiffsys/sets/7215

  2. Hello, I stumbled upon this website and was mesmerized because I have never seen the hospital before. I was born in this hospital back in 1973 and I am saddened to see that I never got to visit it again while in operation. I have to give this hospital and its' doctors and nurses credit for saving my life as I was born over 2 months premature and in 1973 it would not have been unusual for a premature baby dying and they saved my life. I enjoy the paranormal and would love to visit it just to hopefully see what may be there after all signs of life are gone from the site.

  3. I used to work in the clinic on the same property as the hospital and used to be in this hospital back in the 1960's and early 1970's. I went back to visit the town 40 years later, some things have changed and others have not. I was amazed to see this once booming hospital. I went through the ER doors which were torn down and found old charts, supplies on the floor, ink pens that were just laid down and words written on pads of paper as though they were coming back on Monday morning. Charts were lying everywhere, along with beer cans and whiskey bottles. I have been researching why this placed closed so abruply and why everything was just left. I took a picture of the ER beds and my son and I saw a red light come on at the call button. When I looked at the picture there was no red light and it was not on my camera. I also work in an ER and it was the call button but there is no electricity in the building. I am so facinated with the building and its contents, I want to go back before they tear it down…

  4. I was born in this Hospital may 6 1957 one year after it was opened, My Daddy worked in the coal mine, I think it was rock house hollow, My parents were Garland B and Irean Burchett!

  5. I went to to the hospital grounds and guess what it not there the only thing left is the heliapad and the bricks from it i took pictures of te doctor office near it that abanadoned

  6. I was visiting my grandparents years ago while they were uncovering the Native American burial sites. I haven’t been able to ding any information or photos about it. Just looking for more information.

  7. The remains of the hospital was torn down a few months ago and turned into a garbage dump…

  8. I was born in this hospital in 1965. My oldest nephew was born here also. Our family came to this hospital for years. Sadly my dad passed away there when I was 10 years old and my mom passed away there when I was 19 years old. I’ve seen the pics of the hospital abandoned and its so sad. I’ve read stories of the hospital being haunted. Now I’ve seen where they have torn it completely down. It’s such a shame this hospital did not continue on to help others in this area.

  9. It was truly a sad thing to see what happened to this hospital. When it was closed, everything was left in place and functional. It was simply locked up and everyone was told not to come back. My issue is with how it was done, the cut of all communications coldness of heart and mind, without even offering the chance for interested parties concerned with the community to come in and transfer the equipment to another location or to create another functioning clinic of some kind for such a poverty stricken population. I am still interested in the role of the union, political organizers, and funders in intentionally harming the people of that area. While it was said to be an economic decision. It simply does not pass the smell test. WAS IT DONE AS A MATTER OF PUNISHING THE AREA FOR NOT SUPPORTING A PARTICULAR POLITICAL MACHINE? The say that hind sight is 20/20. I have seen a lot of political profiteering, manipulation, and punishment taking place in Virginia coal production, Pennsylvania oil pumping, the shut down of electrical generating facilities, and oil transportation by rail as opposed to pipeline.

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