The Yoakum Community Hospital was opened to the public in 1922. Yoakum residents were in agreement that their town was in need of a local hospital, and with a substantial land and cash donation by a resident named John Huth, the building was possible. The city provided the remaining necessary funds.
The First Hospital In Yoakum
At first the city owned the hospital, and was run by lay people. However, when the economy began to decline during the early 1930s, the hospital was no longer able to support itself. Facing closure, the city manager deemed it would become a detriment to the city unless management was taken over by a private organization.
Thus, the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament of Victoria were asked to take over managing the institution. They accepted the challenge and took over Yoakum in 1933. Since then, the community hospital has faced many ups and downs.
Management has switched hands several times, but is now under another religious organization. The hospital has been expanded twice, once in the 1940s and again in the 1960s. While these expansions are an indication of success, it became apparent that no amount of renovations would fully modernize the building.
Thus, the people of Yoakum voted and a new hospital facility was funded and constructed. Today, Yoakum Community Hospital is still successfully run, but has shifted its primary focus. Rather than specializing in major surgeries and medical conditions, Yoakum residents now turn to the small hospital for out-patient services and procedures.
While there are no official records of such events, some folks in town believe a nurse and a nun were once brutally murdered within the hospital’s doors. Now they think the hospital is haunted. Local paranormal investigator Shannon (Name changed for privacy) has heard many eerie tales from patients and employees.
“Some have reported hearing faint voices when no one else is around, and a couple have sworn they saw an apparition turning around a corner once,” Shannon listed off. It’s hard to discern whether a place is really haunted or not after it has already been declared as such. Once in a while I will investigate a place that really has paranormal activity, but usually I don’t find anything out of the ordinary.
“Once word gets out that a place has ghosts, many people unintentionally succumb to the power of suggestion,” she explained. “It’s much easier to encounter a spirit if you’re expecting that spirit to be there, you know? Honestly, most of my time is spent breaking down people’s paradigms about the places they work or live.
She paused for a moment. “With that being said…After spending a lot of time at the Yoakum Community Hospital, I sincerely believe that it is the exception and not the rule. The hospital is genuinely haunted by something.
“I believe I was stalked by an entity while I was there. My EMF device kept spiking but only when I had it directly pointed at the space behind me. This happened so often, so consistently, that I decided to bring out my EVP recorder.
“’Is somebody following me?’ I asked. I didn’t catch a response at the time, but when I reviewed it later, I thought I heard a faint ‘yes’ in response. It may not seem like much compared to the fake crap they have on ghost hunters, but based on my experience, I can say with confidence that Yoakum Community Hospital is haunted.”