I have personally had the honor and privilege to investigate Yorktown Memorial Hospital on three separate occasions. During those investigations, I have had a number of personal experiences and have captured a lot of evidence in the form of pictures and EVP’s as well. Some of my personal experiences have included being pushed, touched, having my shirt tugged and more. This hospital is incredibly active and I highly recommend going if you have the chance.
In 2011, Zak Bagans & the Ghost Adventures Crew did an investigation/lockdown at the hospital (Season 4 Episode 21 – Aired March 18, 2011) and recently did a follow up episode that aired September 20, 2014. While at Yorktown Hospital, Zak Interviewed a former doctor of the hospital, Dr. Gordon Barth, who was born on July 4, 1953 at Yorktown Hospital. Dr. Barth estimated there to have been about 50 deaths per year which calculates to an estimated 2000 deaths in the hospital’s history. The GAC also interviewed caretaker Mike Henson who gave a number of different stories of the hauntings and spirits at the hospital.
Yorktown Memorial Hospital was built in 1950 by the Felician Sisters of the Roman Catholic Church and opened in 1951.
It was operated by the Sisters until it closed in 1986 when a newer hospital opened in nearby Cuero, Tx. After the hospital closed in 1986, it briefly became a drug rehab facility for a few years before being shut down by the state for their inability to control the patients. Today, The hospital sits abandoned, but the halls are very much alive with the spirits of those who died there. Tours and investigations as well as events can be arranged with the hospital.
Spirits: There are many spirits that are said to inhabit the hospital on a regular basis. Here are just a few.
Dr. Leon Nowiersky: The Dr. practiced well into his 90’s and held the oldest medical license in the state of Texas. He was notorious for making mistakes including slitting a patient’s throat during a thyroid procedure. Dr. Nowiersky is said to be one of the many spirits that haunt the hospital where he roams the halls around the ER/OR and near the doctor’s lounge. The doctor is also said to enjoy flirting and groping women in his office.
Stacy: A little girl around the age of 8 is said to play in the basement hallway, as well as the room she stayed in on the first floor, and in the library on the second floor. One story is that if you contact Stacy in the basement and ask her to roll a ball & play and offer her a story reward, she will play with a ball & then if you go up to the library she will appear as your read a book to her (her favorite is Pokey Little Puppy).
Doug Richards: Doug was a heavy equipment Mechanic who, according to evidence gathered by different sources, died in 1973. Many people have claimed to see the apparition of Doug and have described him as a very tall man wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt.
The Nuns: There are many reports of the spirits of some of the nuns who ran the hospital. One of the biggest reports is that up in the nun’s quarters and in the balcony of the chapel, people (particularly women, but sometimes men as well) with tattoos have been choked or even scratched by the nuns.
Note: During one of my investigations at the hospital, an EVP was captured when one of the female investigators said “come on sister, I know you don’t like tattoos. What about catholic girls with tattoos? Cause I’ve got ‘em.” Immediately after, a disembodied female voice said “going to hell”.
TJ: TJ died of a heroin overdose on the back steps of the hospital after it had become a drug rehab facility. According to the story, there was a bell on the back steps and at night, when the nurses wen to bed, one nurse would stay up and listen for the bell. Apparently on this given night, either the bell did not work, or the nurse had fallen asleep. The next morning, TJ’s lifeless body was found on the back steps. TJ is reported to roam the hall near the back door.
Double homicide/triple stabbing: Also while the building was a drug rehab facility, there was a triple stabbing/double murder that took place in the basement boiler room. The story goes that a female nurse/counselor was having relations with 2 different male patients. She was in the boiler room with one of the males (#1) when the other male (#2) came in and caught them together. #2 stabbed the female, killing her & then stabbed #1. #1 fought back, took the knife and stabbed #2, killing him. To this day there is still blood spatter on the walls of the boiler room (according to Mike Henson, it has been forensically tested and has come back positive as human blood.
Note: As far as I know, there have never been any names given of the female or the two males. I have captured a female voice in the boiler room that says the name “Debbie”. As to the validity of that name, I am not sure, but it is a very compelling EVP.
Yorktown Memorial Hospital may just be an old abandoned building today, but it is not vacant by any means. There are countless stories from many different people who have had the opportunity to investigate this amazing and highly active place. If you have the opportunity to investigate or even just to visit, you will not be disappointed.