St. Michael's Hospital


St. Michael’s Building

Fifth and Walnut Street

Historic Downtown Texarkana Arkansas

GPS Coordinates: 33°25'34.56"N, 94° 2'30.53"W

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It was a late summer evening in 1916 when Phillip Brooks found his way into a boiler room of a building in Texarkana with a fever of 106 degrees. Phillip Brooks was dying when the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word found him in the boiler room of the new Michael Meagher memorial Hospital.

Yes, Phillip Brooks was the first patient of the new 50 bed hospital on its official opening day of September 14, 1916. Michael Meagher, for whom the hospital was named, no doubt would have been pleased since Mr. Brooks personified the hospital’s original intent: “to serve those who are ill, regardless of race, religion, or economic status.”

To carry out Meagher’s wishes to build a hospital in Texarkana, the trustees turned to the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word to operate the new hospital. The Michael Meagher Memorial Hospital remained in its first home until 1948.  A newly constructed Art Deco style, 127-bed “St. Michael Hospital” was dedicated in 1948 to the service of God.

Since the present-day 128-acre wooded campus of Christus St. Michael Health System was built just off I-30 between Summerhill Road and Cowhorn Creek Road in Texarkana, Texas, the original Building was repurposed and now serves the city as the Texarkana Regional Correction Center.


This information is brought to you from the archives of the Texarkana Museums System and the vision of Mrs. Marguerite Hillier. Let us not forget her love of history, dedication to the education of future generations and great strides towards the betterment of our community.


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