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This detailed history of Southwestern General Hospital in El Paso, Texas is intended to present a factual chronology of an extraordinary institution that was part of the Southwest’s earliest healthcare system development and has served the region, in various capacities, under different owners, and under oftentimes difficult circumstances, for over 116 years.

Tracing the evolution of El Paso as a rapidly growing destination for the treatment of tuberculosis in the early 20th century, the history follows the pioneers and administrators who built the required facilities, forged partnerships, adapted to ever-changing medical and economic developments, faced competition, changed business models, rotated leadership, all while trying to remain viable and committed to the healthcare needs of patients and families who came through the doors.

This history is dedicated to the founders, leaders and caretakers who made Southwestern General Hospital an integral part of the history of El Paso, West Texas and Southern New Mexico.