Ground breaking ceremonies were held June 4 for the new 80 bed annex of St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, which will be constructed under the Hill-Burton Act. St. Jude's Hospital, a 152 bed general hospital for Negroes in Montgomery; a 50 bed general facility, DeKalb County Hospital at Ft. Payne; Etowah County Health Center at Gadsden, and the 24 bed general Perry County Hospital in Marion are expected to get under way in June.
The Medical College of Alabama will lose three of its faculty members because they have reached the retirement age. Following June graduation exercises, Drs. James S. McLester and James M. Mason, professors of medicine and surgery, respectively, both of Birmingham, and Dr. Stuart Graves, Tuscaloosa, dean emeritus and director of admissions for the school will retire. Dr. McLester has served as professor since 1920. Dr. Mason was named professor of surgery