Thomas Memorial Hospital officially opened on Monday, December 9, 1946 after a shortage of hospital space in the Charleston area led to the need for a new facility. At opening, the facility was still short-staffed, especially in regards to nurses, which prevented the initial opening of the 2nd Floor North Wing. The hospital is named after in honor of Herbert J. Thomas, Jr. Thomas was a Marine killed in action in the Pacific Theater. He was the first West Virginian to be named a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, a title he received posthumously, for throwing himself atop a grenade in order to save his fellow soldiers. Thomas was a native of South Charleston, and is buried in nearby Sunset Memorial Park.
Today, Thomas Memorial has expanded exponentially from the original 35 beds made public in December 1946. It is a not-for-profit facility, which boasts many firsts, including the first hospital in West Virginia to provide a nursery for premature babies, the first in the state to allow fathers in the delivery room, as well as the first to offer the worlds' leading open field MRI system. The hospital also offers a wide range of innovative services, including the Thomas Cancer Center, the Sweet Dreams Maternity Services, Sleep Disorders Center, Pediatric Care, CareCenter 24, Thomas Imaging Center, Home Health, Physical Therapy and more.
The Wingate by Wyndham is located just 10 minutes from downtown Charleston and Thomas Memorial. We understand that if family or friends are receiving extended medical care that this could be a difficult time for you. Therefore, our entire staff is here to make your stay as pleasant and enjoyable as possible. We offer a multitude of amenities to help you during your time with us.