Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Woodland Hospital in Cullman, Alabama

My husband works at a small hospital in Alabama.  Although this might seem uninteresting,  this hospital is always a source of interesting gossip and fascinating stories.   One of these stories comes from the many nurses my husband spends his days with.   Apparently, not so long ago there was a hospital in Cullman Alabama called Woodland Hospital.  This hospital is now closed, but the nurses that used to work there remember a ghost named "Homer" all too well. 

Homer wandered the halls of this small hospital causing distress in all who saw him.   According to one nurse,  she was walking through the hospital one day when she felt a coldness spread out over her and she suddenly felt distressed, as if there was something wrong.  She turned just in time to see a door slam behind her and hear her coworker run screaming in the other direction.   Her coworker reports that she saw a ghost walk by the nurse and brush up against her closing the door behind her.

These nurses aren't the only ones that felt this dark presence at this hospital.  Many employees have reported seeing the deceased wandering empty rooms, hearing toilets flushing by themselves, hearing phantoms voices, and seeing ice machines start by themselves.  The stories of "Homer" and the other ghosts that have wandered these now forgotten halls are numerous.  It is my hope to do a part two of this story after I talk to more employees and go to see the hospital myself.

15 comments:

aliciamarie34 said...

I work with many former employess of Woodland Hosptial, and many will tell you stories of Homer. If you ever get to see the stretcher from Woodland's ER it is a great site to see. A inprint of a body can be seen very well in the mattress. The mattress itself has even been changed and a new one will soon get the same inprint, where someone died in that ER.

Robby said...

how could i arrange to spend the night there? i would like to do some research for myself.

Anonymous said...

The facility is currently owned by Frank Brown owner of USA Healthcare. The facility functions as a geri-psych unit. It would be interesting to know if the current staff have had similar experiences.

Anonymous said...

My best friend works at the psych unit and "homer" is still there!!!

Anonymous said...

I live here would love to research!!

Anonymous said...

Woodland is now also home to Cullman EMS!! Homer is very much still there!!!

Anonymous said...

My sister, also my mother who has just quit, works there. Yes there are still many incidents of Homer, not only him but others too, the OR rooms on the side of the hospital where the Psych Ward is not in use are the main areas, doors slam, voices are heard..
They have a smoking room on the opposite side of the hospital away from patients rooms on a different hall towards the back where you can also hear faint noises and doors closing. I am almost positive when the current psych ward closes there will be even more appearances, I love hearing stories from them, and their happenings at work :)

Tim said...

I have been all over exploring the strange goings on and have never heard of this hospital being haunted. ive lived here my whole life too .... i would like to see him/them in person myself. if there is anything there im sure to see it. im a freakin ghost magnet!

Anonymous said...

Sorry to tell everyone, but I work at Cullman EMS, and I have worked there all night more than once and not heard a thing.

Anonymous said...

Although the author of this story (Jessica Penot) knows me and we are friends, I must remain anonymous because of the nature of my story. I was a patient at the psych ward here in September and October 2011. The ward closed shortly after that and is a geriatric psych ward only now. I do recall looking from my room towards the hall one night and thought I saw a humans shaped blur walking past my door, but I can`t be sure if I actually saw something or if it was the meds I was on.

One day while we were outside in the fenced in yard, I approached the nurse that was watching us and I saud "So tell me about Homer?". She looked at me for a moment in shock and I said "You know, Homer the ghost here". After another lengthy pause she replied "We`re not allowed to talk about that". Later while I was in a meeting with the main nurse, I posed the question again. She said on condition of anonymity that Homer is very real and everyone that works there has had an experience or two. She also mentioned that there is one room that they keep closed and she says there is a very dark entity in there. She then told me not to mention this to any of the other patients.

Anonymous said...

i am jesse and i am curently a employee thay re-opened the hospital and it is now a mental hospital called sanctuary at the woodlands a new employee claims to have seen homer and he walked by her then ran into a old room she followed but he was gone for more info email me @priest.je@live.com

Anonymous said...

Someone did a reserach on Woodland Hospital. It in a book called Alabama most Haunted. Homer is real. That was his land and for many years the owner of woodland wanted to buy his land and he refused many many times . So when Homer Died, The land was then sold, But Homer is still there protecting his land and tries to scare off everyone he comes across.

Anonymous said...

A person working there now took a picture of a woman and next to her u can see a man standing next to her. Wish I had the picture to share.

Anonymous said...

well on my behalf. all I can say is that when the Hospital was up and running. back year's ago in the early 80s my grandmother was very sick. and the nurses and doctors. nurse said all she wanted was attention that nothing was wrong with her. and shortly after that my grandmother was rushed to ICU said she had another hear attack. when the family didn't even know she had the first heart attack. they said oh yes she has this is her 3rd attack! yeah! and her last for my grandmother died! after she told the something was wrong. and my Daddy even told them she was not putting on. that he knew his mother to well to say something like that. But now how would anyone feel if stuff like that was said about any of their families? and I do believe that Hospital is haunted! for the fact of patients that has died their. in the need of help and didn't get it! I hope it stays haunted. just for what happened! yours truly!

Anonymous said...

I worked at The Sanctuary at the Woodlands as a RN and YES I did have an experience. I worked third shift and went with a health aide to stock the linen cart. We had to go to the empty side of the hospital. We went through double doors, they close and lock. When we came back through, there was a stack of sheets stacked neatly against the door that had previously locked behind us. They actually had the door propped open! We had not dropped anything off the cart and if we would have, they wouldn't have dropped neatly to the floor. I had also heard the door close behind me. Water faucets came on all the time in empty rooms, heat turned on without anyone in the room, imprints of someone on freshly made beds. I also got to see a dark mist on our camera that actually disappeared through a wall and then showed up in hallway on next monitor. Yes, there is something there. He's not scary though. He just wants to remind you of his presence. :)