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The First Good Sam

This is the original Good Samaritan Hospital of Phoenix — an apartment house on Third Avenue south of Van Buren Street

The hospital was founded by Miss Lulu I. Clifton, a Methodist Deaconess who suffered from tuberculosis and came to Phoenix in early 1900 for her health. Her doctors advised against the trip, fearing she could not survive such a difficult journey. She not only survived but had enough stamina to gather together a group of Methodist men and begin planning the first hospital in Phoenix

It was incorporated as the Arizona Deaconess Hospital and Home on October 13, 1911. The original incorporators were: G.H. Adams, Arizona’s first Presiding Elder of the Methodist Episcopal Church; S.J. Rogers, Presiding Elder; Robert S. Fisher, Pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal Church; Lloyd B. Christy, layman and banker; and H.B. Wilkinson, layman and attorney

The incorporators rented this building, the Carol Apartments, and were able to provide the city with 15 hospital beds. Immediately, the Board of Directors began planning for a permanent building. In 1917 they bought the property on Tenth Street and McDowell where the hospital stands today. Construction started that year, was interrupted by World War I, and was finally completed in 1923 when the hospital was moved from the apartments to its new quarters. Five years later the name was changed to Good Samaritan Hospital which is now part of the Banner Health system

The apartment building was torn down in 1969

The bottom photo from 1981 shows the tower under construction

— Arizona Capitol Times

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