Tangier in Accomack County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Gladstone Memorial Health Center
Dr. Charles Gladstone (1880 - 1968) was Tangier's longest serving doctor. He arrived in 1918 and was always on call. Monthly, he would go door-to-door to collect his flat fee of $1.50 but would accept whatever the family could afford. This monthly fee covered any necessary medical services he could provide. Dr. Gladstone announced his retirement in 1954, but stayed on until 1957, as it took a lengthy and international search to locate his replacement, Dr. Mikio Kato. The Gladstone Memorial Health Center, built by Grover Charnock, was dedicated April 28, 1957.
Today, transportation makes it easier for residents to leave the island for complex medical care, making a resident physician no longer a necessity. Still, most residents get their primary care here in Tangier. There are plans to build a new clinic facility.
In 2006, Dr. David Nichols was named the "Country Doctor of the Year" for his 27 year commitment to Tangier. Dr. Nichols continues to fly out weekly in his helicopter. Tangier's health needs are also looked after by our resident physician's assistant and three resident nurses.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Science & Medicine. A significant historical date for this entry is April 28, 1973.
Location. 37° 49.655′ N, 75° 59.519′ W. Marker is in Tangier, Virginia, in Accomack County. Marker is on Main Ridge Road just north of Janders Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tangier VA 23440, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tangier Island World Wars I and II Memorial (a few steps from this marker); The Double Six (a few steps from this marker); Tangier Island Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Tangier Island Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Copter — Flying Medicine to Tangier (within shouting distance of this marker); Swain Memorial United Methodist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Telephone Office, Post Office & Myrt’s (within shouting distance of this marker); Tangier Island (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tangier.
Also see . . . Tangier Island Health Foundation. Website homepage:
The web site for the new clinic also features articles about Dr. David Nichols. (Submitted on January 13, 2011, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 10, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 13, 2011, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 684 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 13, 2011, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.