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A Hospital with a Community at Heart

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Many people think the roots of Tuomey Healthcare System begin with bequeaths of Sumter residents and philanthropists, Timothy and Ella Tuomey in 1913. There is, however, a preface to that important chapter. One that began with the opening of Sumter Hospital in 1904. The 30-bed, three-story Sumter Hospital was as state of the art as [...]

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Tuomey Hospital School of Nursing Graduated 433 Nurses in 53 Years

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No memories of nursing at The Tuomey Hospital would be complete without the mention of the Tuomey School of Nursing, established in 1914. Originating from the merger of the students from the Baker-Dick and Mood Infirmaries, it became the Sumter Hospital School of Nursing and later the Tuomey Hospital School of Nursing. Built to house [...]

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Hurricane Hugo Changes Sumter’s History

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As Hurricane Hugo roared toward Charleston on September 21, 1989, no one thought to consider the devastation that could be leveled on a quiet inland community nearly 100 miles away. Conventional wisdom at the time held that hurricanes caused the most damage in coastal communities. In just hours, Hugo would rewrite the books and change [...]

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Our Founders Mr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Tuomey

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When Timothy J. Tuomey wrote his will in the late 1800s, one can only wonder just what he hoped would eventually evolve from the money and property he was leaving. It is indeed a certainty that the community hospital of today would not be a disappointment. As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Tuomey Healthcare [...]

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Tuomey Hospital’s First Physicians

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On February 9, 1914, The Tuomey Hospital was formally chartered to become a private, charitable hospital under the laws of the State of South Carolina. At the time, Sumter had a population of about 8,700 people in the city and more than 40,000 in the county. The first medical staff of the newly formed hospital [...]