Covington-Kenton County Tuberculosis Sanatorium

[Covington-Kenton County Tuberculosis Sanatorium], courtesy of the Kenton County Public Library, Covington, KY.


In April of 1951, the Covington-Kenton County Tuberculosis Sanatorium opened its doors. According to the Kenton County Historical Society, the first seventeen patients were admitted to the hospital on the same day. The hospital building had a total of four floors with a basement area for the laundry, engineering department, and the morgue. The new hospital had a capacity of sixty-five beds at the time of its opening and was a representation of more than $700,000 in investment monies. The chairman of the Board of Directors was Dr. James E. Ryan.

By the end of the 1970s, pharmacological advances and interventions had rendered many tubercular hospitals unnecessary. And so the Covington-Kenton County Tuberculosis Sanatorium shut its in 1979. Today, the hospital operates under the auspices of NorthKey Community Care as a Children’s treatment center for adolescents with severe and persistent mental illness.

The Hospital Today. (Image from Google Earth, Circa 2018)

Note: Information courtesy of the Kenton County Historical Society Bulletin.

Contributed by Shawn Logan |

⁘ Works Cited ⁘

  1. The Lexington Leader, 9 December 1949
  2. The Lexington Leader, 12 December 1952
  1. [Covington-Kenton County Tuberculosis Sanatorium], courtesy of the Kenton County Public Library, Covington, KY.
  2. The Advocate-Messenger (Danville, Kentucky), 16 April 1951, p. 4.
  3. Kenton County Historical Society. (2006). Bulletin of the Kentucky County Historical Society. November/December Issue. Kenton County Historical Society.

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