Porter Rodgers Hospital. Woodruff St. Searcy AR. Historic photograph.

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Porter Rodgers hospital Searcy AR on Woodruff St

Early Porter Rodgers Hospital was on Woodruff Street.

Here's a good picture of the old historic hospital that was named Porter Rodgers Hospital.  You can see the sign nicely.  It was on Woodruff Street in Searcy AR.  It appears to have been raining when the picture was taken.  History seems to say that the hospital started out as Wakenight Sanitarium and was built in 1920.  Dr. Rodgers bought it in 1943 and renamed it.  

In 1947 a big addition was made to the hospital and brought rooms up to 50 or more.  This picture seems to show where a driveway had been and probably led to a house that was torn down for the addition.  It also shows what looks like a fine older home that had the addition attached.

This picture was shared with me by Sherry Quattlebaum Person, whose father collected lots of pictures.

One other small thing.  When was the front changed to look like this?

Rodgers Hospital Searcy AR front changed


Comments (4)

Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I spent time in a building like that back in the early 1970's but is was an Army facility in South Carolina

Sep 07, 2021 07:15 PM
Barbara S. Duncan

Ed, I guess it brought back memories....pleasant I hope!

Sep 08, 2021 08:28 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I always enjoy the photos you provide from the archives of Searcy history, Barbara.

Sep 08, 2021 07:12 PM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Here's a nice comment from Wendell Nier who lived in Searcy for a long, long time.

I can remember this hospital vividly in my memory bank. I was born in Porter Rodgers Hospital November 3, 1945. Dr. Rodgers removed my tonsils in 1950, and he removed my appendix in 1955 and saved my life due to Gan Green and he was able to give me the medication necessary to rid this infection from my body. In my opinion he was the best doctor, and Searcy was fortunate to have him.
About the building, I remember after the first remodeling that the main entrance was on the very east end of the hospital that had a circular waiting area that had a huge center post with red seating that circled and backed up to that big post. The remaining chairs were backed up to the oval windows surrounding the entrance. (As a kid things seemed to be bigger than they actually were.)
I remember that I could smell the use of either when I was in this waiting area, due to Dr. Rodgers using either to put me to sleep when he worked on me in my surgeries. (A sickening smell I didn’t like. Ha!)
Looking at the picture with the trucks, I think that was probably in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s. I want to think this remodeling changed the entry from the east end to the north entrance. I’m not for certain on this thinking and maybe someone else might have more information that remembers more than I can about the date this remodeling took place.
Anyway, thanks for posting historical items of interest.

Thanks, Wendell, for this interesting comment!

Sep 09, 2021 05:20 PM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Rick Gilreath sent this comment about the blog.  Thanks, Rick!

Looking at the trucks in the picture, this was a photo made in the early to mid 1960's. It also shows only the west half of the hospital. The east half was where the round waiting room was. Spent more time there when I was a kid than I like to think about. This picture also looks to be from a school yearbook.

Sep 09, 2021 05:24 PM