JMH Foundation donates original brick from 1919 to historical society; kicks off brick drive fundraiser


Johnston Memorial CEO/VP
Sean McMurray (left) and JMH Foundation Chair
Bruce Hatch, (right)
present Martha Keys, president of Washington
County Historical Society, with
a commemorative brick from the original
Johnston Memorial Hospital built in 1919.

ABINGDON, Va. – Johnston Memorial Hospital recently donated a brick from the original hospital built in 1919 to the Washington County Historical Society, officially kicking off the JMH Foundation’s  brick drive to raise funds for several hospital initiatives and to show JMH’s continued support of Abingdon and Washington County.

The commemorative brick, one of the few original bricks saved from the demolition of the original hospital, was presented to the historical society by Bruce Hatch, Chair of the Johnston Memorial Hospital Foundation, and Sean McMurray, CEO/VP of JMH.

“This (donation) really means a lot to us as a historical society,” said Martha Keys, president of the Historical Society. “It takes all of us to keep history alive in our community so future generations can remember where we came from and how we got where we are today.  Without the support of local businesses and community members, the history of this great town would be lost.” 

With the brick drive, the JMH Foundation has found a way to allow the strong history of the hospital to benefit future JMH patients.  A limited number of bricks from the old JMH, affixed with commemorative medallions, are now available for purchase from the Foundation. The proceeds from the brick sales will fund Foundation initiatives that will directly benefit JMH patients.

“The Foundation holds several fundraisers throughout the year and we feel this is a way to let folks have a piece of history while helping to fund the continued needs of JMH,” said Hatch.

For more information about buying a brick, look for brochures about the brick drive at registration areas of the hospital and cancer center and at the Washington County Historical Society. Or, call 276-258-4777 or visit

 “Health care is an ever changing industry and we rely heavily on the support of our Foundation to help fund needed equipment, supplies and programs,” said JMH CEO Sean McMurray.

Most recently, the Foundation purchased new treatment chairs for both the Mountain States Cancer Care Center at JMH and the Mountain States Center for Comprehensive Wound Care at JMH, benefiting patients directly. The chairs for the cancer patients are heated to offer additional comfort during treatments. 

 “Although we have moved to a new building, we are still very much imbedded and invested in Abingdon and Washington County,” said McMurray. “We hope our community will take part in this fundraiser and purchase a piece of the old JMH which has been a pillar in this community for over 100 years.”

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