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Lake City in Florence County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Whitehead Infirmary

 
 
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By Jane Ruschky, May 29, 2017
1. Whitehead Infirmary Marker
Inscription. (side 1)
Dr. James Whitehead (1906-2004) was a graduate of Lake City H.S. and the Medical University of S.C. After completing his internship at Spartanburg General, he returned to Lake City where he practiced medicine for 55 years. In 1938 he oversaw the construction of this two-story building, which was built as a 14-bed obstetric hospital. With few other local options for professional medical care, however, Whitehead Infirmary quickly became the primary acute care facility in town.
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Whitehead Infirmary was established at a time when childbirth was increasingly occurring outside of the home. By 1950 the majority of U.S. births took place in hospitals and Whitehead Infirmary was part of this shift in medical practice. In addition to obstetrics, Dr. Whitehead also performed general surgery and treated numerous victims of traumatic injuries. The infirmary closed in 1959, but Whitehead maintained a clinic here until his retirement in 1986.
 
Erected 2014 by Lynches Lake Historical Society. (Marker Number 21-41.)
 
Location. 33° 52.26′ N, 79° 45.039′ W. Marker
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By Jane Ruschky, May 29, 2017
2. Whitehead Infirmary Marker
is in Lake City, South Carolina, in Florence County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street (South Carolina Route 341) and Rodgers Street, on the left when traveling east on East Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 238 E Main Street, Lake City SC 29560, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Church Street/Main Street (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lake City (about 800 feet away); H.H. Singletary Building (approx. mile away); Palmetto State Bank Robbery (approx. mile away); W.T. Askins House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Greater St. James A.M.E. Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); Browntown (approx. 7.9 miles away); Cooper's Academy / Bethesda Methodist Church (approx. 8.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lake City.
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsNotable PersonsScience & Medicine
 
Whitehead Infirmary Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jane Ruschky, May 29, 2017
3. Whitehead Infirmary Marker
View of Whitehead Infirmary building
Whitehead Infirmary Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jane Ruschky, May 29, 2017
4. Whitehead Infirmary Marker
View of the street from the building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 30, 2017, by Jane Ruschky of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 130 times since then. Last updated on June 6, 2017, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 30, 2017, by Jane Ruschky of Columbia, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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