In 1909, the realization of the need for a campus hospital arose when an unnamed student died due to unavailability of medical facilities. President Kenneth Mathison appealed to Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs for support. Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs formed a committee and one of their members, Mrs. Joseph B. Whitehead gave the first gift, $5,000.00 to get the project rolling.
In the midst of construction, they ran out of money and made a public appeal for money or materials to finish the job. Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs had a bill presented at the 1911 General Assembly and an appropriation of $6,000.00 was made. The building was completed and a dedication was held on November 13, 1911. The Hospital could accommodate 27 patients and had suites for nurses, doctors and a small lab; it also had an isolation ward and sun room.
This first Joseph B. Whitehead Hospital was under the supervision of a doctor who also had his own private practice, so a leading student from the Emory School of Medicine would be selected to run the day-to-day operations of the infirmary. One of the medical students chosen for that honor was Edward Roe Stamps III, and his time on our campus was the start of a long and fortuitous relationship between the Stamps family and Georgia Tech.
Since 1911, Health Services has grown into a 40,000 square feet, state-of-the-art, outpatient ambulatory center that provides health care and health education to eligible students and their spouse/domestic partners in six areas: primary care, pharmacy, women’s health, psychiatry, health promotion, and support services (laboratory, radiology, immunization, and eye exams). On average, Health Services physicians treat 30,000 patients per year.