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Oct. 21,  2008

Emory Crawford Long Hospital Celebrates Centennial Birthday

100 Years of Caring for Atlantans

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On Oct. 21, 1908, two doctors opened a small, 26-bed sanatorium near present-day Turner Field to care for Atlanta’s sick. Now, 100 years later, on Oct. 21, 2008, a 511-bed Emory Crawford Long Hospital (ECLH) in Midtown Atlanta celebrates a century of caring for Atlantans.

Patients, their families, employees and the Atlanta community are invited to take part in the hospital’s birthday celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 21. Walking historical tours of the hospital will be given, a time capsule will be buried and all will celebrate with birthday cake and ice cream. A special time capsule burial ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m.

Items for the time capsule include: commemorative photos, pins and magazine articles, historical books about the hospital, 1996 Olympic memorabilia when ECLH served as the Olympic hospital, billing from a hospital stay in the 1930s and an operating room log book from 1910-1911, plus much more.

“This is a momentous year for Emory Crawford Long Hospital as it marks 100 years of serving Atlantans and their families,” says Dane Peterson, chief operating officer, Emory Crawford Long Hospital. “Activities during our birthday celebration will reflect upon the hospital’s long history while looking towards the future and many more years of caring for local citizens.”

Brief History of Emory Crawford Long Hospital

In 1908, Dr. Edward Campbell Davis and a former student of his, Dr. Luther C. Fischer, opened the small Davis-Fischer Sanatorium on Crew Street. With just 26 beds, the hospital quickly outgrew its capacity and by 1911, Davis and Fischer moved the hospital to its present site, opening an 85-bed Davis-Fischer Sanatorium on Linden Avenue.

In 1931, the hospital was renamed Crawford W. Long Memorial Hospital in honor of Dr. Crawford W. Long, the Georgia physician who discovered sulphuric ether for use as an anesthetic and was the first doctor to use anesthesia during surgery.

Today, Emory Crawford Long Hospital is a 511-bed community-based, acute care teaching facility staffed by approximately 950 Emory medical faculty and nearly 600 private practice community physicians. The hospital is well known for its services in cardiology, cardiac surgery, gastroenterology and emergency medicine. Women’s services include prenatal and postnatal education, bone density testing, mammography and obstetrics, with a specialization in high-risk pregnancy.

Birthday Celebration Details

Emory Crawford Long Hospital’s 100th Birthday Celebration

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008
3:30 p.m.

Emory Crawford Long Hospital Conservatory
550 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

To register for an historic walking tour on Oct. 21, please call 404-778-2000.


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