Most Haunted Places in America: Southwest General Hospital – El Paso
A special thank you to G.H.O.S.T. – El Paso Co-Director Chris Medina for suggesting the building and writing about their experiences in the Southwest General Hospital and thanks to Alyn Macleod GHOST El Paso founder for the picture.
Southwest General Hospital is located in El Paso, Texas. The hospital has approximately 19,000 square feet with 4 floors and has a very interesting history.
Constructed in the early 1900s the hospital was known as the Albert Baldwin Heath Resort which was a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients. In 1910 the sanatorium was purchased by Dr. R.B Homan and renamed the Homan Sanatorium.
In 1924 Dr. Homan decided to build a new hospital and the sanatorium fell into a state of neglect. The building was useless, except for storing things. In 1927, Sisters from the Order at Concordia, Kansas reopened it as St Josephs. Even through tuberculosis cases started to decrease the need for regular hospitals rose. In order to keep pace with this St. Josephs started remodeling in the mid 1930s and was renamed Southwest General Hospital where is received its first patients on Jan 25, 1937.
In 2008 the hospital is currently being remodeled once again. Of the four floors there are only currently patients on the 3rd floor as the other floors are being remodeled. G.H.O.S.T (Ghost Hunters of Science and Technology) – El Paso has witnessed and compiled a lot if paranormal activity throughout the hospital and is still conducting a number of investigations as well as using this facility as a training site for new paranormal investigators, you can see pictures of the G.H.O.S.T. team on their Facebook page.
The hospital has had a long history undocumented cases of paranormal encounters. While conducting historical and personal interviews G.H.O.S.T. – El Paso was asked to document and prove or disprove many of these encounters. The stories from former patients include a nurse in an older nurse’s outfit doing rounds and checking on patients. She died in an elevator accident in the hospital.
The story of Charlie who was a maintenance worker who also died in an elevator accident in the building and still opens and closed the elevator doors for visitors. When it was still the tuberculosis center, there was a special children’s ward set up and now you can hear the voices of children fill the hallways after visiting hours.
While filming scenes of the movie “The Burning Plane” production staff would ask for someone to please ask the Nurse on the 4th floor to stop coming to the window and ruining the shoot. The 4th floor has not been in regular use for years.
G.H.O.S.T. – El Paso has recorded many E.V.P.’s and has even captured photographs of shadow people. Some of these can prove that this location has paranormal activity.