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Oak Ridge in Anderson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Oak Ridge Hospital

 
 
Oak Ridge Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, December 30, 2017
1. Oak Ridge Hospital Marker
Inscription. The medical director responsible for the nationwide Manhattan Project, Colonel Stafford L. Warren, M.D., had his headquarters in Oak ridge. A professor of radiology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, Warren was recruited specifically for his expertise in this new field. Major Charles E. Rea, M.D., a surgeon from Minnesota, organized and became the first director of the Army Hospital, which formally opened on November 17, 1943. Some things canít wait – the first baby was born there November 11. The hospital started out with 50 beds, but by the summer of 1945 it had grown to 337 beds. For security reasons, only doctors who were assigned fulltime to the hospital were permitted to practice in Oak Ridge. In November 1943, the entire medical staff was inducted into the Army and commissioned as officers in the Army Medical Corps because they might need access to restricted information about the secret materials and operations their patients might be exposed to. In July 1946, the number of physicians peaked at 52, and the number of nurses – all civilian employees – reached a high of nearly 150. At first, patients received all medical treatment free of charge, but because the cityís population rose so quickly and demand for medical services grew, a policy of prepayment or insurance for medical care was instituted,
Oak Ridge Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, December 30, 2017
2. Oak Ridge Hospital Marker
with a family membership costing $5 a month ($2.50 for singles) covering all medical tests, hospital, and physician services. Through the years the hospital has evolved into an up-to-date medical center now serving a five-county region, honored by the State of Tennessee for the high quality of its facilities, staff, and service.

Erected in Honor of All the Physicians, Nurses, and Assisting Staff Who Maintained the Health of the Secret City By the Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, June 2005.
 
Erected 2005 by The Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
 
Location. 36° 0.818′ N, 84° 15.475′ W. Marker is in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in Anderson County. Marker is at the intersection of Oak Ridge Turnpike (Tennessee Route 95) and South Tulane Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Oak Ridge Turnpike. Touch for map. Marker located in Alvin K. Bissell Park. Marker is in this post office area: Oak Ridge TN 37830, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1947 (here, next to this marker); K-25 – The Gaseous Diffusion Plant (here, next to this marker); 1949 (here, next to this marker); 1944 (here, next to this marker); 1945

Oak Ridge Hospital 1945 image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
3. Oak Ridge Hospital 1945
(here, next to this marker); Construction Workers (here, next to this marker); X-10 – The Clinton Laboratories (here, next to this marker); Oak Ridge and the Manhattan Project (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oak Ridge.
 
Also see . . .
1. Oak Ridge, TN. (Submitted on January 6, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
2. Secret City Commemorative Walk. (Submitted on January 6, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
Categories. Science & MedicineWar, World II
 
Oak Ridge Hospital Operating Room 1947 image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
4. Oak Ridge Hospital Operating Room 1947
Secret City Commemorative Walk image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, December 30, 2017
5. Secret City Commemorative Walk
Secret City Commemorative Walk image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, December 30, 2017
6. Secret City Commemorative Walk
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 6, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 84 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 6, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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