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Old Army Navy Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas | by Rennett Stowe
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Old Army Navy Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Buidling is now the Hot Springs Rehabilitaion Center. Structure was completed in 1933.

 

In October 1933, the new Army and Navy Hospital opened as an imposing landmark in the heart of downtown Hot Springs. According to a history of the building by Carl Enna, the layout of the hospital was as follows: The morgue was housed in the rock and concrete basement, which also made it a perfect bomb shelter, the first in Garland County. The 1st floor was the medical ward for men and children. The 3rd floor was the general mess hall, whereas, the 4th floor served as the officer’s mess hall. The operating rooms, considered at the time to be the finest in the South, were located on the 6th floor. Also located on the 6th floor was a library and an outdoor theater where first-run movies were shown two to three times per week. There was also a sundeck on the 6th floor. Patients received body massages and physical therapy treatments in the halls of the north wing on the 6th floor.The 7th floor housed an observation gallery overlooking the 6th floor operating rooms. The 7th floor was home to X-Ray and the radium treatment area. Obstetrics was located on the 8th floor along with the VIP Penthouse for retired officers. The 9th floor was home to KANH, the Army/Navy Radio Station that broadcast four different types of programs that were distributed throughout the hospital.The radio station used pillow speakers, a unique technology for the time (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program).

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Taken on July 15, 2012