Overview of Catawba Hospital History
Catawba Hospital was founded in 1909 as the first tuberculosis sanatorium in Virginia. However, with the advent of more successful treatment methods, the incidence of tuberculosis declined.
In 1972, Catawba Hospital became part of the Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation (in 2009, renamed to Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services) as a treatment and rehabilitation center for the psychiatric needs of geriatric patients. In 1981, a unit for acute, short-term psychiatric treatment of patients ages 18-64 was opened. In 1985, Catawba Hospital received accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
Located approximately two miles off Route 311 (Exit 141 of I-81), Catawba Hospital is ten miles from the city of Salem and seventeen miles from the city of Roanoke. The hospital has an authorized bed capacity of 270. Patient accommodations include both private and semi-private rooms.