Rowan County

County History: 
Quick Facts
People and Biographies
Notable individuals from nursing history.
  • Elizabeth Corriher (1870s): Presbyterian missionary nurse to China from 1908-1927. She was born in Rowan County. (Brief biographical sketch of Corriher can be found on Presbyterian Heritage Center website.)
  • Delaine Tabor Fleming (1925-2015): Fleming was the first African American head nurse in the operating room at Rowan Memorial Hospital, and served several years at VA hospitals throughout North Carolina.
  • Edna Heinzerling (1888-1977): Nursing administrator and Director of the Baptist Hospital School of Nursing.
Additional resources for further research.

Health Care Institutions

Articles and Publications

  • Nursing in mission stations. (1911). The American Journal of Nursing, 12(3), pp. 217-219. This article discusses nurse Laura May Pitts, a graduate of the Whitehead-Stokes Sanatorium in Salisbury, North Carolina who died while working at a Presbyterian Mission in Korea.
  • Rowan and Davie Counties Story of Medicine 1753-1976, published in 1979 by the Salisbury Printing Company, has information about the Whitehead Stoke School of Nursing (started in 1903 with Miss Ella Price Smith as Head Nurse) and the Rowan County Health Dept which opened in 1918 with a few small rooms on the 2nd floor of the courthouse.)


Newspaper Clippings

Compiled by: 
Phoebe Pollitt