Abandoned Hayswood Hospital

In the year 1915, construction began on a small piece of land that use to house the Wilson Infirmary, which was operated by May Peale Wilson from the early 1800s to 1908.  The infirmary closed shortly after Wilson’s death in 1908, and its replacement, a small private school for girls known as the Hayswood Seminary.

It was renamed to the Hayswood Hospital in 1923 and expanded with two additions. A fourth floor was added in 1925 at a cost of $45,000; and an addition onto the back of the building in 1971 that expanded its patient capacity to 87.  Notice the walk ways that use to be enclosed in glass leading to the addition.

After the opening of the Simon Kenton Bridge in 1931, Hayswood Hospital treated a large part of southwestern Ohio residents in addition to Kentucky's Mason County and was well renowned, earning several care awards by national accreditation groups.  Here is the view of the bridge from the hospitals roof.

Hayswood Hospital excelled until the late 1970's when it, as many rural and small-city hospitals, struggled to keep up with the rapidly changing world of modern medicine and healthcare. An earthquake near Maysville structurally damaged the physical plant, adding to the burden, and Hayswood Hospital was eventually sold to Nashville-based Hospital Corporation of America, and operated as Maysville Hospital from 1981-1983. 

On February 9th, 1983, the building was closed for good as all services moved to the new Meadowview Regional Medical Center, just south of Maysville, Kentucky.

Since that date, the building has sat alone.  Dark, abandoned, haunted. Plans for redevelopment have been brought up many times, but are halted by the large $2 Million dollar cost for demolition and property remediation, as well as unknown environmental impacts on the steep hillside the building is situated on.  Many locals are fearful to enter the abandoned structure as it is believed that the building holds a type of air-born cancer that infects those who enter its doors.  Hayswood Hospital is currently valued at $42,000.

Now that you know the general history of the hospital, lets look at what our crew captured:

The most common paranormal activity is that of a young woman in and around the maternity ward.  She is often seen or heard crying and holding her dead baby in hand.

Our crew entered one very large room with a chair frame and a large sink.  We noticed many holes in the ground from where multiple drains use to function.  We noticed how the room was tiled, and then we were able to put the pieces together.  We were in an operating room.  The number of deaths in this very room must have been huge with the lack of technology at the time of these operations.  We walked out the side door and found...

...the refrigerated storage.  The area where bodies were placed once pronounced dead in the operating room, waiting for their official departure from the hospital.  You would think that this would be one of the hot spots for magnetic energy or paranormal activity, however our EMF readers never even reached 80 on a scale that goes as high as 500.  In fact, our levels (the light blue line) seemed to decrease as we got further and deeper into the hospital.

These call lights hung outside most rooms that we passed.  Hard to believe that after 33 years, the bulbs still remain.

Inside the 14x20 foot rooms were four brackets for televisions, which leads us to believe that there were four patients in each room.

X-ray anyone?

Checking in?

Videographer, Jonathan leads the crew into the basement.

Here's what else our crew captured:

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