Official Site for

TY COBB MUSEUM Royston, Georgia


A Hospital Built With A Bat

       St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital became part of the St. Mary’s Health Care system on June 1, 2015. Before that, it had been Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center, which began serving communities in Hart, Franklin, Elbert, Madison and Stephens counties on July 1, 2012.

       Our current facility in Lavonia, Ga., is the culmination of the hard work and dedication of many to bring quality, modern healthcare to the Lake Hartwell region.

       In January 1950, Tyrus "Ty" Raymond Cobb, one of baseball’s greatest players, donated $100,000 toward the construction of a modern 24-bed healthcare facility designed to meet the needs of the people of his hometown and surrounding rural Northeast Georgia.

       The hospital, Cobb Memorial in Royston, Georgia, was dubbed “The Hospital Built With a Bat” and was dedicated to the glory of God and in loving memory of William Herschel and Amanda Chitwood Cobb, Ty Cobb’s parents. Throughout the coming years the organization has grown in size and service offerings to the community.

       Cobb Memorial Hospital and Hart County Hospital in Hartwell, Georgia, were operated by the Ty Cobb Healthcare System and closed in 2012 when the health system opened the new Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center in Lavonia, Georgia.

       Description above courtesy of:
Tyrus Raymond Cobb stood on a platform outside of a newly bricked building and dedicated the COBB MEMORIAL HOSPITAL in memory of his parents, Herschel and Amanda Cobb.

The ceremony took place on Sunday January 22, 1950 with over 3,000 people on hand for the dedication.

"This building and everything in it belongs to you people around here to whom I've always had in my heart," said Mr. Cobb.