Verser Clinic Hospital

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Year Built: 1949 | Year Abandoned: 1973
Historic Designation: National Register of Historic Places
Status: AbandonedEndangered
Photojournalist: James Kirkendall

264718_140483446029206_6625161_nIn January 1949, the Verser Clinic Hospital was opened by Dr. Walter William (W.W) and son Dr. Joe Verser. It was a twenty-five bed facility housed in the former First Baptist Church of Harrisburg Arkansas. Three of the back rooms in the clinic were made into an apartment for Dr. Joe and his wife to live in. They lived there for thirteen years. Patients would sit down at his breakfast table and discuss their ailments.

In 1947 Dr. Joe joined his father (W.W) on the Arkansas State Medical Board which is a licensing and disciplinary board for physicians. Dr. Joe became secretary in 1949 and remained as such for 43 years until he retired from the position in 1991.

Dr. Joe Verser was one of the 18 founders of Arkansas Bluecross, Blue Shield in 1949. The program offered for individuals, hospital and surgical benefits for $1.85 a month. Families regardless of the size had the same benefits for $4.35 month.

The Verser Clinic Hospital had x-ray facilities, diathermy, ultra violet light equipment, electrocardiograph, basal metabolism machine, air-condition operating room, delivery room, nursery, elevator, complete laundry equipment room, kitchen and a intercommunication system consisting of the nurses master station with speakers in each patient’s room.

Verser Hospital closed in 1973 and Dr Joe saw patients needing hospital care at Cross County Hospital in Wynne or Methodist Hospital in Jonesboro. He was chief of staff at Methodist hospital, 1978-1979. Even though an exact count was not recorded, it was estimated that he delivered over 5,000 babies. He said “It wasn’t that I was that good, I was just cheap, affordable, and available.” He was paid $2 for the first baby he delivered.

On February 3, 1994 while sitting at his desk in an exam room, completing paperwork for a patient, Dr Joe Verser passed away at the age of 81. He had practiced medicine for 57 years.

The Verser Clinic Hospital is now owned by the Poinsett County Historical Society. Ms. Sylvia Evans (Executive Director of Publications, PCHS, Editor of Historical Books and Quarterly) wishes to preserve and restore the building to be the future home of the Poinsett County Museum. The Verser Clinic Hospital has now been nominated to be listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

Poinsett County Library, Poinsett County Historical Society
Special Thanks: Ms. Sylvia Evans, Daniel Vincent Evans Parten, Brandon Hendrix

Caution: Permission was granted in order to photograph the Verser Clinic Hospital. The building is locked and patrolled by city and county law enforcement.




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Bonnie LeeAnn Reed
Bonnie LeeAnn Reed
10 days ago

I was born there February 3,1970

Carla w Boudreaux
Carla w Boudreaux
1 year ago

I was born there in 1972!!!

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Darlene Battles
Darlene Battles
2 years ago

I was born here,Dr. Joe delivered me in Sept. 1955. I hope they restore this piece of history. I want to visit it one day.

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3 years ago

I think it can be a perfect place to start clinic and I think it needs to be renew.

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Donnie Griffith
Donnie Griffith
4 years ago

I was born there March 16 1949 the only one of ten born in a hospital Donnie Griffith

Landon
Landon
4 years ago

We have given several tours of this historic site, if you are interested in a guided tour please contact me via email at landon.bates16@gmail.com

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Dot Jones
Dot Jones
4 years ago

I was born there on Mother's Day, May 12 1951…

Betty
Betty
4 years ago

Touched so many lives. Hope it can be restored, hate that it is in such bad shape. So much history in that building.

Barbara Messer
Barbara Messer
4 years ago

Where I as born. Hate to see it in disrepair. Hope it is preserved.

Tre
Tre
4 years ago

The abandon date is incorrect. I went there for a physical to attend Girls State in the mid 80's

Paula
Paula
Reply to  Tre
7 months ago

I was born there in 1965 and when I was in college in 1983 Dr. Joe treated me at the Methodist emergency room in Jonesboro.

Sandra Carroll Lyons
Sandra Carroll Lyons
4 years ago

I was born there February 18 1950.

Donna Bolden
Donna Bolden
4 years ago

I was born there in September of 1959!! Sewed my hand up when I was in 6th grade and put a cast on my arm the same year!! Lots of memories from that place! Would love to see it restored!!

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