Axtell Hospital, Newton, Kansas
founded by John Thomas Axtell [9-699]
Thanks to Dale Leech, grandson of Ruby Marie Axtell [10-364c] for the pictures and information.
John Thomas Axtell
"J.T. Axtell, M.D. was a noted surgeon, educator, author, entrepreneur,
philanthropist, builder and Christian leader. He took pride in
advancing medicine in this community and was the founder of Axtell
Hospital, Axtell Clinic, and one of the first formal schools of nursing
The bust (above right) is to the left of the sign at Newton Medical Center (right).
Dale got in touch with staff at the Axtell Medical Clinic in Newton
and found that John Thomas Axtell M.D. still has two grandchildren
living in Newton, along with a great-grandson who is an M.D. on the
clinic staff and two great-grandsons-in-law who are also M.D.'s on the
clinic staff. The original name was "Axtell Hospital" as shown on the facade of the older building.
In 1924, Dr. Axtell gave the hospital to the State Convention of the Disciples of Christ and the name was changed to Axtell Christian Hospital. The current sign (pictured) shows that Axtell Christian Hospital, founded 1887, merged with Bethel Deaconess Hospital, founded 1908, to form Newton Medical Center in 1987. The 1945 Genealogy says he founded the hospital the same year he got his M.D. from Bellevue Medical College, in 1883.
There is also an Axtell Road in Newton.
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Last revised 6-28-97 by Dan Axtell