In 1947, Dr. W. M. Whitesides and Mr. Johnny Roper had a vision to build a hospital for people in the Easley area. Their rationale was simple: Easley had great schools, churches, industries, and businesses, but it did not have a hospital where people could have access to high-quality, compassionate healthcare.
Whitesides and Roper approached members of the Easley Rotary Club about their vision to build a hospital. Soon, they scheduled an impromptu meeting with several members of the Club on the front porch of the Pecan Terrace Hotel. Mr. Ellison McKissick, Sr., Mrs. Gertrude Hagood Matthews, Mr. Julian Wyatt, Mr. R.C. McCall and Mr. Roper believed in the importance of the project and each contributed a substantial donation.
They then set out to pick a location and to raise funds for a hospital. Local resident, Sarah Hamilton Meece, donated the land for the hospital, and construction on Easley General Hospital began in 1951. When building funds were exhausted in 1953, the South Carolina Baptist Convention agreed to complete the project and equip the facility. On June 29, 1958, Easley Baptist Hospital was dedicated and began serving patients two days later.
Over the years, Easley Baptist Hospital has grown along with the public’s increased demands for the latest technologies and services. A modern Emergency Room was made possible by a generous gift from Mr. Ellison McKissick, Jr. and the support of hundreds of people in our community. In 1992, the hospital opened a technologically-advanced Birthing Center, offering a personal approach to maternity and postpartum care. In more recent years, renovations to the Outpatient Surgery Wing, Critical Care Unit, MRI Unit, and Cardiac Rehabilitation have shown our commitment to bringing patients the finest care.
In 1998, Baptist Healthcare System signed a formal alliance with Richland Memorial Hospital, creating the largest integrated healthcare system in South Carolina, Palmetto Health. On October 1, 2009, Greenville Health System purchased a one-half interest in Palmetto Health Baptist Easley, and we became Baptist Easley Hospital. We are excited to be an integral part of that system, which will strengthen and improve our hospital—and allow us to provide even better care in the years to come.