Jarman Center, Tuscola, Illinois

History of Jarman

Sarah A. JarmanJarman Center began as the douglas county hospital, Jarman Memorial Hospital. It was named after Sarah Jarman who's family donated the ground for the original hospital. The building we see now was an addition built in the early 1960's will money raised from the local county. Many people personally donated money to improve the access to health care for our local residents.

As medical care delivery changed, and economics of supporting a full service hospital became more challenging, the county made the difficult decision to close the hospital. When the building went up for auction local veterinarian Dr. Sally Foote and her husband Tom Wold decided to purchase the building and develop a site for a local medical clinic and senior housing.

Renovation of the former patient rooms began to transform them into lovely studio one room and 2 -3 room apartments for the independent elderly. Many residents were the very people who's donation of money and other volunteer efforts built Jarman Center. The former cafeteria is a central dining room where Rotary meets weekly, and a private resident dining room is adjacent. It has been a wonderful creative effort to transform a hospital into a warm, inviting senior community that is still connected to the community.

Old Jarman Hospital

Currently there are professional offices on the first floor and the project help preschool.

The evolution of Jarman center is on going. As time passes, Jarman continues to be central to douglas county serving the needs of the community.

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Images from http://www.tuscola.org - Jarman Center