In the early 1970s, Mr. Arthur B. (Brownie) Hodges bequeathed more than $572,000 to the Charleston community. The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation raised an additional $2 million, and used the money 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), recognized the need for a full-service retirement option within the Charleston area. Their mission led to the formation of Edgewood Summit, Inc., and the development of Charleston’s first senior living community.
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 skilled nursing, rehabilitation and memory care center on the campus.
We 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 garnered support and implemented new services for older adults.
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