Next year will mark the 100th commemorative anniversary of Park View Hospital and the 25th anniversary of the Park View Nurses’ Alumnae Scholarship Endowment.
Park View Alumnae Association members recently gathered at the soda fountain at Thompson’s Pharmacy in downtown Rocky Mount to reminisce about their days next door at the School of Nursing across from Park View Hospital.
Park View Hospital opened on July 1, 1914, and closed in May 1971.
Park View opened with a 25-bed capacity. For 57 years, Park View Hospital was able to maintain modern facilities and medical equipment. At the time of its closing, Park View Hospital had 145 beds. Hospital staff witnessed the effects of the 1918 Spanish flu and four wars. During its reign as the largest hospital in Rocky Mount, it opened a training school for nurses and built several facility expansions including a new surgical suite, an expanded obstetrics facility, and a more modern kitchen.
The Park View School of Nursing was started the year the hospital opened and educated nurses until 1969, graduating 55 nursing classes. Nursing instructors taught the fundamentals of nursing, and the Park View physicians taught the majority of the classroom lectures. Park View student nurses received their clinical experience while staffing Park View Hospital and generally graduated in three years. Some graduates of the Park View Hospital School of Nursing are still practicing today, while many other graduates have retired in the Nash-Rocky Mount area and other parts of the United States.
To commemorate the legacy of Park View Hospital, the Park View Nursing Alumnae Association established the Park View Nursing Alumnae Association Scholarship Endowment in 1989 at Nash Community College to provide financial assistance to a second-year associate degree nursing student who exhibits academic excellence with plans to pursue a nursing career in the local community. Approximately 25 students have benefitted from the scholarship.
The Alumnae Association is requesting the community’s support in celebrating this momentous time through tax-deductible honorary or memorial gifts or planned estate contributions to the Park View Nurses’ Alumnae Scholarship Endowment at Nash Community College. Park View Hospital nurses, doctors, staff and family members are invited to attend the celebration in June and are invited to share Park View memorabilia for display in Nash Community College’s Park View Health Sciences Hall.
To make a contribution or to contact the association, call Martha Price at 252-902-7014 or mail to: Park View Nurses Alumnae Association, P.O. Box 9116, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.