Operation Time: 1902 - 2013 (expected)
Type: Not Kirkbride Plan
In 1900, a new mental hospital was built on the former site of the Mount Vernon Arsenal to take care of the overcrowding at Bryce Hospital in Tuscaloosa. Originally, the facility was called the Mount Vernon Hospital when it opened in 1902, but was renamed to Searcy Hospital in 1919 after Dr. J. T. Searcy, the hospital's first superintendent.
Unlike Bryce Hospital, it only treated African-Americans (which only occured until 1969, having been in trouble from the Civil Rights Act of '64). The hospital had 400 extended-care beds and 124 intermediate-care beds for patients with severe illness in 2010. It was announced on February 15th, 2012 by the Alabama Department of Mental Health that it was going to close Searcy and all but two of its other state-run mental hospitals. It is expected to fully close by September of 2013.
- Built in 1900 on the former site of the Mount Vernon Arsenal.
- Created to take care of Bryce Hospital's overcrowding.
- Originally called Mount Vernon Hospital when it opened in 1902.
- Renamed Searcy Hospital in 1919 for Dr. J. T. Searcy.
- Only treated African-Americans up until 1969.
- Probably haunted by restless souls.
- Alabama Department of Mental Health announces on February 15th, 2012 that Searecy would close by September, 2013.
- J. T. Searcy - The hospital's first superintendent.