Surry County


Learn more about the history of nursing in Surry County


  • 53 years of continuous practice (September, 1965). Tar Heel Nurse. An article about nurse Mary Barrett  of Mt. Airy, NC.
  • Article about Dr. Ora Lea Strickland, RN., PhD, FAAN 2010 winner of the Elizabeth Carnegie Award for Nursing.
  • Dr. Strickland was highlighted in the month of January in the Aetna African American nurses 1004 calendar
  • Nancy Louise (McCormick)  Saunders  (b. 4 Aug 1921 - d. 31 Dec 1987)  US Army Nurse Corp, WWII
  • Oral history of Lunary Love, an Air Force in the 1950s.

Health Care Institutions

  • Official history of the Surry County Health Department with a lot of information about nurses.
  • "The Martin Memorial Hospital was established in 1915 with fifteen beds. Today [1935]  there are fifty. It is a private general hospital with modern well-equipped laboratory and X-ray departments. In 1922 one of the most complete nurses homes in the State was erected." Quote from: Drummond, A.Y. (1924)  Drummond's Pictorial Atlas of NC.  Scoggins Printing Co., Inc, Winston Salem, NC.