The Arthur B. Hodges Center at Edgewood Summit opened in 2013, providing skilled nursing, memory support and rehabilitation services to older adults.
In the early 1970s, Mr. Arthur B. (Brownie) Hodges bequeathed more than $572,000 to the Charleston community in his will. It was designated a challenge gift, required to be matched three-to-one within five years. The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation received the gift and raised an additional $2 million. The money was used to build a nursing home, which opened on Morris Street in 1980.
In the mid-1980s, the board of directors of the Arthur B. Hodges Center, along with key churches (including First Presbyterian Church), determined there was a need for a full-service retirement community within the Charleston area. These findings led to the formation of Edgewood Summit, Inc., and the development of Charleston’s first retirement community.
The Arthur B. Hodges Center contributed $1.5 million in equity to develop Edgewood Summit, Inc., which began operations in March 1990. The board of directors then assisted in the planning and development of Edgewood Summit and made additional loans to ensure its financial health. The loans were all repaid by Edgewood Summit once the community opened and its financial health was secured.
The operation on Morris Street closed in 2004. The Arthur B. Hodges Center donated $4.6 million as its final distribution of assets to Edgewood Summit in 2011. This money assisted in the development of a memory support, nursing and rehabilitation center on the campus. Edgewood Summit named the new health services building the “Arthur B. Hodges Center at Edgewood Summit” in honor of its benefactor. The legacy of Brownie Hodges will continue to thrive in the Charleston community, due to tireless community leaders who gathered support and implemented new services for older adults.