The Hauntings Here Create More Questions Than Answers

Hospitals and asylums seem to be prime for the dead to linger  but what happens when that hospital was built on an old Native American mound?  The answer is: LOTS! Though closed to the public now, the hospital was built on one of the many Natchez Indian burial mounds in the area and that may be why there is so much activity at this former hospital!

The Old Natchez Community Hospital is now archives records, however it seems some of the patients never left and that, in fact, there were spirits here before the hospital was built!

The Old Natchez Community Hospital is now archives records, however it seems some of the patients never left and that, in fact, there were spirits here before the hospital was built!

In speaking with former staff of the hospital, it seems that everyone has had at least one encounter with the ghosts and even when talking to former staff individually the stories are eerily similar!

One former nurse told the story of a night she had 3 patients in ICU with her.  She started hearing voices.  She would get up and the voices would stop. A few minutes later the voices would start again and were so distinct that she began to become concerned that the patients were up!  After listening for some time, she headed back to check on the patients only to find them sound asleep.  There was no one else around, no doctors had come through, no one had walked past the nurses station… there was absolutely no explanation for the voices.

On a separate night another ICU nurse looked down the hall to an empty room.  She was shocked to see the IV stand spinning around by itself!  She couldn’t believe her eyes and looked again.  Yes, the IV stand was spinning and spinning as if a child were “dancing” with the device.  

There are other reports of, what seem to be, children too!  The nurses station seemed to have a great deal of activity.  It was common for the chairs with wheels to move themselves around or in circles.  Nurses often reported hearing footsteps running around the nurses station.  On one occasion, while they could hear the footsteps running around the counter, a ball could was heard bouncing.  Two of the former nurses stated that, though it often seemed like there was a single child, once in awhile activity picked up enough to believe that there were two or more children having a midnight romp.

One of those children was very concerning to the nurses.  Several elderly patient said that there was a little girl there and that she was very hungry.  The patients were almost hysterical about helping the little girl because she was so hungry.  The same story was told by numerous patients over the years and, often, the result was that the elderly patients would refuse to eat.  Instead, they wanted their food given to that poor little girl.

Natchez Community Hospital closed several years ago when it merged with Merit Health but that does not mean that everyone has left.  The building is still used for storing medical records.  Records mean security and guards are required to protect the sensitive information, but guards are almost impossible to keep.  Many quit or refuse to patrol alone at night due to the high frequency of strange events there!

Even though old hospitals are often haunted, the activity seems to be a bit much for a local community hospital and I can’t help but wondering if being built on an Ancient Native American mound has caused or, at least, contributed to the severity of the activity.  I wonder, though, who are the ghosts there? were patients deaths hastened by the ghosts?  And, if so, do those victims linger as well?

Michelle Tebow