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Hospitals at MCV

On the eve of the Civil War, the Medical College of Virginia opened a new hospital in Academy Square to serve the Richmond community. Both soldiers and civilians benefited from this modern facility that included gas lights, heat, and a surgical amphitheater. Sixty years later, the school expanded its medical service to the community with the opening of the Dooley Hospital, dedicated to the treatment of children, and the St. Philip Hospital for African American patients.