Gazzola Memorial Mercy Hospital

City/Town: Brinkley
Location Class: Hospital
Year Built: 1940's
Year Abandoned: July, 1987
Status: Abandoned
Photographer: Michael SchwarzEddy SissonBrandon Phillips

This hospital first opened in the late 1940s as the Gazzola Memorial Mercy Hospital. For the first several years the hospital was ran by nuns. Over the years the hospital changed it’s name multiple times (Magnolia, Mercy Hospital, Delta Medical Center, etc.), and went abandoned in 2001 along with St. Joseph’s nursing home, which sits right next to the old hospital connected by a small hallway. Towards the back of the hospital, a small school for young children operated from about the 1970’s. Old wallpaper along with banners, desks and stories still remain.

In the old hospital today, you can find small pieces of the 1940’s architecture throughout the building, Old surgery rooms, delivery rooms, and a big stone cross on the outside. This place holds a lot of memories for the town of Brinkley, Arkansas. If only the walls could talk, the stories that this building could tell would just be fascinating.

Please enjoy the pictures below, and do not go to this facility without permission! Police constantly patrol the area and will arrest you for trespassing!


  1. Ernestine Williams on

    I had my appendix removed there when I was 7 in 1962 and
    6 siblings born there. So sad to see this hospital in this condition. I would love to see it restored, just for history reasons

  2. As a low voltage technician, I worked on the fire alarm, nurse call system and intercoms for the nursing home in the late 1990's. I remember one day, after a service call, the administrator asked, "You wanna see something creepy?". A tour of the old hospital followed.
    Good times…

  3. My name is Myrtle, my mother worked as a nurse at Mercy Hospital for years until she retired. Did ambulance runs and I also worked in OR years ago with Dr. Errol King from Little Rock on Wednesday back in the days. so sad that this is how the hospital turned out. City of Brinkley do something.

  4. It's a shame that this town and mayor are worried about them getting big paychecks that they want let these kind of jobs stay in Brinkley what are they going to do when everybody but dope heads and drunks are the only ones left

  5. These pictures tell the story of how the city allowed this building to deteriorate to this degree. How sad. If the city does not own this building, then they need to contact the owner and/or have it condemned and torn down. The nursing home next to the hospital is where my mother was for a short while, under the care of Dr Williams. At the time it was pretty nice, that was around 1974.

    • Bobbie Ann it is a shame the way this building and the nursing home next to it has just sat there and been torn and picked completely apart !! I think somewhere our city officials completely let this building go rather than trying to save it and use it for something else !! I guess I shouldn't get started but it just makes me irate that voters recently passed a tax to build a state of the art new jail !!!!! Yes build a new jail and they will come / more offenders why not they will have the nicest home in Brinkley to live !!!! SORRY didn't mean to get started !!!!

  6. That's the hospital three of my children were born. Jimmy, Ricky, and Phil Caudle were born was a nice keep Hospital. What happen ?

    • What happened that day? Why was everything left even important records it just seems odd InHave been through there and never understood why it closed and why everything was left.

  7. Worked there after nursing school with my mom and sister, both nurses. My mom, Lois London worked there from 1974 until it closed. They re-named it Delta Medical Center from a contest they had and they selected her name. I was born there and my first son. Sad to see it this way. I would love to walk the halls. I can see my mom, Sister Elaine, Barbara Noah, Charlotte DePriest, Mary Vanderburg, Ron Burrow sitting at the nursing station.

  8. I attended school here in the mid 1990’s. We were the ones who cleaned it up the first time. I remember medical records all over the place. There would be hospital utensils all over the place. There was so much history in the building. While we were in school the nursing home was still open. Now, people break in and vandalize everything. So sad.

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  10. i remember walking with the Mrs Shackleford from the elementary school to sing Christmas carols to the residents of the nursing home….. so sad

  11. I was born at this hospital in 1958 my name is Cathy Wms. This hospital holds a lot of memories for my family, I have other sibs born here also!!! I miss Cotton Plant.

  12. I was born at this hospital in 1963! Nuns helped deliver me.
    Years later I volunteered as a Candy-striper! Lots of memories…

  13. Micheal L. Story on

    MY name is Micheal L. Story,i was born in this hospital on a cold December morning in 1971.though I have no memories of that historic day. My mother Helen could tell you some stories!

  14. Bobby Alberson on

    I was born there, my mother worked there as a nurses aid and when I was 15 I worked there as a janitor. my name is Bobby Alberson

  15. My mom was born here. There were talks of tearing it down and building a nice apartment complex on the land, but the city didn't approve and would rather an abandoned hospital sit there.

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