Atlanta Medical Center
|Atlanta Medical Center|
|WellStar Health System|
View from Boulevard
|Location||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Emergency department||Level I trauma center|
|Lists||Hospitals in Georgia|
Atlanta Medical Center is a hospital in Atlanta, Georgia operated by WellStar Health System. It has 460 beds and over 700 physicians, a Level I trauma center, a Level III neonatal unit, and supports air ambulance service via heliport. It was formerly known as Georgia Baptist Hospital.
On Thanksgiving Day 1901, the pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church, Len G. Broughton M.D., created a small infirmary as a new program for his church, operating it out of a rented house. The Tabernacle Infirmary started with only five beds and Broughton as the only doctor, but quickly grew. By 1910 it had 75 beds and a staff of physicians and surgeons, and its own building on Luckie Street (adjacent to The Tabernacle). Broughton also founded a Nurse Training School associated with the Infirmary.
After Broughton left Atlanta for London in 1912, the hospital suffered somewhat. It was sold to the Georgia Baptist Convention for $85,000 in 1913 and was managed by Rev. James Long as Georgia Baptist Hospital. The Baptist organization was not enthusiastic at first about running a hospital but Long overcame that and the business was self-sufficient by 1916.
In 1921 the hospital purchased the former Levi B. Nelson home site at Boulevard and East Avenue (which was destroyed in the Great Atlanta fire of 1917), which is the present location east of downtown Atlanta. The hospital moved from its former Luckie Street location to here late in 1921.
On September 5, 1997 the hospital was sold to Tenet Healthcare and was subsequently renamed Atlanta Medical Center. Effective March 31, 2016 the hospital was sold to WellStar Health System along with four other Atlanta-area hospitals.
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