Barnes Clinic

Submitted by Lisa Haug.

Barnes Clinic, operated by Dr. E. A. Barnes, opened in September 1953. It had seven beds and three bassinets for babies.

The first employees were Ilsa Upchurch and Essie Koger, Mrs. Upchurch was a German girl who married Conrad Upchurch and came to the United States, according to Mrs. Catherine Barnes. Other employees who worked at the clinic included Maggie Ferguson (now Maggie Hay), Cecily Flowers, Alice Ann Flowers and technicians John Bertram and Joyce Asberry, Mrs. Barnes said.

Barnes, a Clinton County native who retired from medicine several years ago, said he attended college and medical school at the University of Louisville and later practiced medicine there after graduating in 1931. Barnes recalled taking notes in class and selling them to other students to make extra money. He was accepted to medical school on his own recommendation--he told the school he wanted to be a missionary doctor. His internship was at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington. Barnes established a practice in Albany in 1932.

Barnes recalled making house calls on foot or on horseback since he didnít use a horse and buggy to make his rounds. He delivered or helped deliver around 4,000 babies. He also extracted teeth early in practice.

Barnes was chairman for the Board of Health for many years. He recalled giving physical exams to workers building Wolf Creek Dam, which was constructed between 1931 and 1941.

Barnes Clinic closed in September 1966 when the Medicare and Medicaid programs went into effect.

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