Gallipolis in Gallia County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Charles E. Holzer, Sr., M.D.
(1887 - 1956)
Dr. Charles Elmer Holzer came to Gallipolis in 1909, as a resident surgeon at the Ohio Hospital for Epileptics. Recognizing the need for a community hospital, he returned in May 1910, after completing his training. With a local loan, he opened a seven-bed hospital. In 1913, he furthered his training in surgery, closing the hospital temporarily to study in Europe. He returned to Gallipolis in 1914, married nurse Alma Vomholt and resumed his practice. In 1916, he began construction on the First Avenue Holzer Hospital, the first general hospital in southeast Ohio. In 1949, the Holzers gave the growing hospital to the citizens of the five county area, to be administered by the Holzer Hospital Foundation. After outgrowing its downtown location, Holzer Medical Center opened on Jackson Pike in 1972 with 269 beds. (Continued on other side)
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Dr. Holzer was a visionary community builder and a philanthropist, involved in education, conservation, flood control, and transportation. He served on boards throughout the state and nation. He volunteered as a surgeon in World War I; with his wife, opened the first school of nursing in 1920; organized construction of the Silver Bridge in 1928, joining the capitals of Ohio and West Virginia; purchased land for an airport;
Erected 2002 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, The Gallia County Medical Society, Gallia County Bicentennial Commission, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 11-27.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 38° 48.562′ N, 82° 12.058′ W. Marker is in Gallipolis, Ohio, in Gallia County. Marker is on 1st Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 530 1st Avenue, Gallipolis OH 45631, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Dunmore War 1774 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Our House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Morning Dawn Lodge No. 7 Free and Accepted Masons (approx. 0.2 miles away but has been 1790 - Gallipolis - 1940 (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Landing of the Welsh in Gallipolis (approx. 0.3 miles away); Yellow Fever Victims (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gallia County, Gallipolis and the Ohio River (approx. 0.3 miles away); African Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gallipolis.
Also see . . .
1. Holzer Health Systems. (Submitted on May 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Dr. and Mrs. Charles E. Holzer, Sr. (Submitted on May 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Charles E. Holzer, Jr. (Submitted on May 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,113 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on May 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.