This is a look at the old haunted Davis Hospital on 4-27-13. This is by far one of the most haunted places we have been yet. I took nearly 500 photos during our visit there and caught things on alot of them. We went during the day time and in parts of this hospital it is so black you can not see anything. We carried flashlights with us. While we was there one of our flashlights that had lithium batteries died. Also had to replace batteries in camera several times. As soon as we enter the hospital you can feel the heavy feeling of dread, sadness, and the feeling that we were being watched. We thought we heard voices a few times and couldn't find the source. I had walked into the basement from the outside and was standing there looking at an old baby crib when I heard 2 men talking. It sounded like they were within 10 feet of me. I got scared and hid kinda behind the basement door peeking out and not seeing anyone at all. Then I thought about what the 2 men had been talking to each other about. There was 2 different voices I heard too. One man said "Maybe the fuses need to be changed" then the other man said in a different voice "I have already change those fuses." It's 2013 we don't even use fuses now a days. As I looked around I seen old fuse boxes in there too. In most of the pictures I took in there I caught 2 orbs in them. I also want to say we wasn't walking around stirring up dust either. In some rooms we didn't even go into and I caught several orbs and even images that looked like people. In one it looked like a woman holding a baby. We both seen a dark shadow pass by a doorway on the 1st floor twice. Those ghost men probably laughed at me hiding behind the door. But it was an awesome experience. This is a look inside the hospital.
Here's some history on the hospital.
In 1920, Dr. James Davis realized his boyhood dream with the opening of Carpenter-Davis Hospital. Located on South Center Street, the hospital was a result of an arrangement between Dr. Davis, a prominent surgeon, and Dr. F. A. Carpenter, an eye, ear, nose and throat specialist. . With the opening of the 35-bed Carpenter-Davis Hospital, Dr. Davis changed this by establishing a group arrangement with assistants, nurses, technicians, and associate doctors.
In the hospital's second year of operation Dr. Carpenter died, leaving Dr. Davis to operate the hospital. While continuing to run the hospital, Dr. Davis began searching for land for a new hospital. He chose a "cow pasture" near the Wagner homestead on West End Avenue, his grandmother's home. This site would later become the home of his 250-bed hospital. On December 17, 1925, Davis Hospital moved from its South Center Street location to a handsome, new building on West End Avenue. An article appearing in the local paper." In a Statesville paper written by Dr. Davis, he cited some of the firsts that he and his hospital were responsible for, such as:
• One of the first hospitals in North Carolina to use a radiographoscope to view x-ray films. (Radiographoscope was invented by a North Carolina physician).
• One of the very first Emergency Departments in North Carolina to be open and staffed by a physician 24 hours a day, seven days a week - not unusual today, but a significant accomplishment in the 1920s.
• One of the first hospitals in North Carolina and one of the first in the United States to install air conditioning in the operating rooms. Utilizing air conditioning is a standard practice today, but not in the early years of healthcare.
• One of the first hospitals in the United States to use glucose intravenously.
• An early organizer of blood-donor services and had a blood bank very early in its history.
Throughout the years, Dr. Davis continued his quest of excellence in healthcare with the addition of a maternity wing, more patient rooms, and expanded surgical facilities. Unfortunately the largest and most significant addition of a diagnostic clinic was completed in September 1955, just three months after his death. Dr. Davis was credited with performing over 75,000 surgical procedures, a truly remarkable accomplishment. Announcement of his death brought countless telegrams, letters, and telephone messages of sympathy from many Republican and Democratic party leaders, doctors across the nation, and also from the American Medical Association. Dr. Davis was praised as a visionary who gave his whole life for the advancement of medical science. Abiding by his wishes, Dr. Davis was buried in an unpretentious tomb on the south lawn of the West End Avenue hospital. (Upon sale of the West End Avenue property, Dr. Davis' tomb was later moved to Davis Memorial Baptist Church in Wilkes County.) Davis Hospital continued to operate from the West End location until 1981. Over time 17 additions were made. On March 24, 1984, Davis moved 58 patients from the West End location to their new hospital on Old Mocksville Road. It was completely empty by 1985.