The Paris Tuberculosis Hospital, located in Paris, Kentucky, was constructed from 1946 to 1948.
Designed for just patients riddled with tuberculosis, the 1–bed hospital was dedicated on June 14, 1950 with an estimated 1,500 attending the opening ceremonies.1 It was the third such facility in the state, constructed with others in Ashland, London, Madisonville and Glasgow. The state provided $2.7 million towards the administrative and operational costs of the facilities, a drop in the bucket for what was needed. At the time, no cure to the disease was known, according to Commissioner of Health Bruce Underwood, withan estimated 1,500 dying each year from the disease.
According to Underwood, the hospital would be wholly inadequate to care for more than a small portion of the tubercular cases needing treatment in the 20 county area the facility was designed to serve upon opening.1 By law, the beds in the hospital must be allotted to the counties on a population basis, and some counties that have high tuberculosis rates would only receive two or three beds in the hospital. Nevertheless, work began to process patient applications om July 1 and the first patients were admitted on July 24.
The tuberculosis hospital closed in the late 1970’s and it was proposed in the late 1980’s of converting the building into an apartment complex for the elderly.1 No work was completed and the hospital was demolished in early 2012.
- “Paris, Bourbon County Welcome Tuberculosis Hospital.” Bourbon County Citizen (Paris) 15 March 1989. 3 Dec. 2007: 15.