Atlanta Medical Center

Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center is a hospital in Atlanta, Georgia operated by Wellstar Health System. It has 460 beds and over 700 physicians. The hospital is a Level I Trauma Center,[1] and an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. It houses a Neurointensive Care Unit and a Level III Neonatal ICU.[2] It was formerly known as Georgia Baptist Hospital.[3]

Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center
Wellstar Health System
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LocationAtlanta, Georgia, United States
Coordinates33°45′46″N 84°22′22″W / 33.76270°N 84.372798°W / 33.76270; -84.372798Coordinates: 33°45′46″N 84°22′22″W / 33.76270°N 84.372798°W / 33.76270; -84.372798
Care systemPrivate
Emergency departmentLevel I trauma center
ListsHospitals in Georgia


On Thanksgiving Day 1901, the pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church, Len G. Broughton M.D., created a small infirmary as a new program for his church, operating it out of a rented house. The Tabernacle Infirmary started with only five beds and Broughton as the only doctor, but quickly grew.[4] By 1910 it had 75 beds and a staff of physicians and surgeons, and its own building on Luckie Street (adjacent to The Tabernacle). Broughton also founded a Nurse Training School associated with the Infirmary.[5][6]

After Broughton left Atlanta for London in 1912, the hospital suffered somewhat. It was sold to the Georgia Baptist Convention for $85,000 in 1913[7] and was managed by Rev. James Long as Georgia Baptist Hospital. The Baptist organization was not enthusiastic at first about running a hospital but Long overcame that and the business was self-sufficient by 1916.[8]

In 1921 the hospital purchased the former Levi B. Nelson home site at Boulevard and East Avenue (which was destroyed in the Great Atlanta fire of 1917), which is the present location east of downtown Atlanta.[7] The hospital moved from its former Luckie Street location to here late in 1921.[9]

A building program was undertaken starting in 1948 to expand the hospital.[7] In 1956, office space for medical professionals was added. In 1981, air ambulance service was initiated via heliport.[3]

On September 5, 1997, the hospital was sold to Tenet Healthcare and was subsequently renamed Atlanta Medical Center.[3] Effective March 31, 2016, the hospital was sold to Wellstar Health System along with four other Atlanta-area hospitals.[10]


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  2. ^ "WellStar Atlanta Medical Center - WellStar Health System". Retrieved 2020-01-24.
  3. ^ a b c Our Hospital, Atlanta Medical Center, retrieved 2009-01-28
  4. ^ The Tabernacle Infirmary, Material History of American Religion Project, retrieved 2009-01-28
  5. ^ Moody, W.R. (May 1910), "Editorial", Record of Christian Work, XXIX (5): 306, ISSN 0364-4855, retrieved 2009-01-27
  6. ^ Georgia Baptist College of Nursing Fast Facts, Mercer University, archived from the original on 2006-09-08, retrieved 2009-01-28
  7. ^ a b c Garrett, Franklin Miller (1969), Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events, Volume 2, Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press, p. 411, ISBN 0-8203-0263-5, OCLC 213803389
  8. ^ Graham, Balus Joseph Winzer (1917), Baptist Biography Volume 1, Atlanta, Georgia: Index Printing Company, pp. 254–255, OCLC 3906727, retrieved 2009-01-28
  9. ^ "Work Continues While Head Nurse Moves Hospital", The Atlanta Constitution, p. D6, January 8, 1922, retrieved July 6, 2020 – via
  10. ^ Charles Nicolas (April 1, 2016). "Tenet Completes Sale of Atlanta-Area Hospitals and Related Operations to WellStar". Business Wire. Archived from the original on July 6, 2020. Retrieved April 1, 2016.

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