Physician, Public Health Pioneer
Physician, medical pioneer, Dr. Lloyd Noland was founder and administrator
of a model industrial medical program now known as Lloyd Noland Hospital.
Noland, a native of Virginia, received his early education in that state, and his medical schooling at the University of Maryland, receiving his MD degree in 1903. After serving a year at the Maryland General Hospital he accepted an appointment in The Canal Zone, Panama.
The young doctor married in 1907 Miss Margaret Gillich of New York. The Nolands moved to Birmingham in 1913 when he resigned his post with the US government in Panama to become the chief surgeon and superintendent of the hospital of the employees of the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company. Dr. Noland founded and developed a model health program which is recognized as one of the best in the country.
His experience in Panama as Executive Officer and Chief Surgeon to General William Crawford Gorgas prepared Dr. Noland in a special way for his assignment at T.C.I. Company. In the first year he reduced the number of malaria cases from 4800 to 300. Smallpox, typhoid and enteritis were rampant. Outpatient and preventive medicine were a part of Dr. Noland's Health Maintenance Organization (H.M.O.). He was the first to introduce group practice of anesthesiology in Alabama. More than 300 doctors trained by Dr. Noland have carried on the leadership, knowledge of disease prevention and industrial medicine and the zeal and dedication of this "miracle worker."
The experiences of Dr.Lloyd Noland during his long and varied career as superintendent of the health department at the T.C.I. Company have been chronicled in historical and medical records. He is applauded for his talents, his conscientious work on behalf of others, and his devotion and dedication to his profession.
As a memorial to this selfless and amazing man, Lloyd Noland Hospital today continues to expand and to pioneer in the development of outpatient techniques.
Dr. Lloyd Noland was inducted into the Alabama Men's Hall of Fame in 1990.