Paris Tuberculosis Hospital
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. Process work began on patient applications by July 1. Governor Clement stated that the new state biennial budget provided $2.7 million for administrative and operational costs of the hospitals. It was disclosed on July 20 that the sanatorium would receive its first patients on Monday, July 24.
The tuberculosis hospital closed in the late 1970s and it was proposed in the late 1980s of converting the building into an apartment complex for the elderly.(1)
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- “Paris, Bourbon County Welcome Tuberculosis Hospital.” Bourbon County Citizen (Paris) 15 March 1989. 3 Dec. 2007: 15.