The Paris Tuberculosis Hospital was located in Paris, Kentucky and was constructed from 1946 to 1948. The facility was dedicated on June 14, 1950 with an estimated 1,500 attending the opening ceremonies.1 The hospital was the third such facility in the state constructed with others in Ashland, London, Madisonville and Glasgow, and the 100-bed facility was designed to house tuberculosis patients. At the time, no cure to the disease was known, according to Commissioner of Health Bruce Underwood, and an estimated 1,500 died each year from tuberculosis.

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 The complex was razed in early 2012.

Digest

  • Name: Paris Tuberculosis Hospital
  • Location: Paris, Kentucky
  • Years of Significance: 1948
  • Status: Demolished

Sources

  1. “Paris, Bourbon County Welcome Tuberculosis Hospital.” Bourbon County Citizen (Paris) 15 March 1989. 3 Dec. 2007: 15.