PCHA program to feature the Saluda Baby Hospital 

Published 11:01 pm Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The Infants’ & Children’s Sanitarium (Saluda Baby Hospital) is the topic for the September 3rd PCHA program in Columbus. If you have never heard the history of Dr. Lesesne Smith and how his work impacted the health of young children in South for nearly three decades, this is a must see program.


In a time of few opportunities for continuing education for medical doctors, Dr. Smith founded the Southern Pediatric Seminar in Saluda in 1921. His seminar was a two-week summer course created specifically for the general practitioner. Lectures were given in Saluda by many of the South’s leading experts.

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This historical presentation will take place at the Polk County Museum in Columbus and will be given by one of Dr. Smith’s grandchildren, Nettie Sweet. She will share why and how her grandfather founded the Southern Pediatric Seminar in Saluda in 1921.


The public is invited to attend the program at no cost. The Polk County Museum is located in downtown Columbus at 60 Walker Street. The presentation will begin promptly at 2:30 p.m. on September 3rd.


John Vining