The Weimar Center of Health and Education

Formerly the Weimar Institute, the Weimar Center of Health and Education is a health and educational facility on a 457-acre campus near Weimar in mid-Placer County, "above the fog and below the snow" at an elevation of approximately 2,200 feet.

What is now the Center originally opened as a small tuberculosis sanitorium in 1919. Six California counties formed a consortium in 1917, and chose Weimar as one of just five ideal locations in the United States for TB treatment and recovery.

The Weimar Joint Sanatorium, with additional facilities, was opened in 1924. Supported by 15 California counties, it became one of the largest TB treatment centers in the United States.

In 1957 the institution changed to the Weimar Chest Center, treating other pulmonary diseases. In 1960 it was renamed Weimar Medical Center, which developed into a general community hospital in 1966. Due to budget cuts, the hospital closed in 1972. At its peak, it was the biggest employer in Placer County, with up to 550 patients and a staff of 350 at its peak [Mike Dunne, Sacramento Bee, Jan. 7, 2010].

In 1975, the institution became Hope Village, a temporary relocation center for Vietnamese refugees. In 1977, the property was purchased by a group of Seventh-day Adventists.

Today the Weimar Center operates the NEWSTART Lifestyle Program, originally begun in 1978. According to the Center, thousands of patients entering the program have overcome pulmonary and other afflictions, with a combination of diet, exercise, fresh air, and tenets of the Seventh-day Adventist church.

In addition to the medical clinic, the campus is home to Weimar College (opened in 1978) and Weimar Academy (1981), a four year boarding high school.

Campus industries include the NEWSTART bakery, the Weimar Market, Weimar Gardens, the Weimar Inn, and Weimar Country Cafeteria.

All of the services, plus the nearly 450 nature preserve with 10 miles of hiking trails are available to the public.

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Latitude: 39.040886 Longitude: -120.977732 Elevation: 2382 ft
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Eco-Friendly Notes

The nature preserve provides wildlife habitat and watershed protection, plus some magnificent native trees and other flora. On-site gardens, market, and cafeteria boast quality organic fruits and vegetables.

Pet Friendly Notes

Keep dogs leashed on trails. Horses not allowed on some environmentally sensitive trails; please obey signage. No vehicles allowed on trails, including bicycles.

Comments

In 1966 I was 14 and a patient at Weimar. I stayed in the children’s ward at first. Later I was transferred to a building called the Glass House with the adults. (it is said the glass house was called that because it was the first ward to actually have windows in it. My Mother was there and my father was in the men’s ward. I eventually had to have the left lower lobe of my lung removed. On a positive note. It was amazing that when people from any walks of life are all thrown together, dressed the same, lived in similar buildings/wards. Everyone got along. There simply wasn't any real difference socially. The main things talked about was of course getting out and having better food.. It was a learning experience and also tragic in some ways. I was in school one day and the next I was ripped out with out being able to say good bye to friends in Jr. High.... I saw some people die there and they actually had a mortuary there. Many sad moments and yet at 14 I learned so much.

Betty Moudy, 7/15/2013

My mother was a patient there in about 1966. Mary Louise Gold. I had to visit her with my siblings, through a chain link fence. Turned out she didn’t have TB thank God. I bet she would love to see a roster of fellow patients. I can be contacted at trgold1@sbcglobal.net

Tony gold, 7/21/2014

In 1999 my wife had multiple sclerosis and was unable to walk more than about 20 feet without falling over. We went to Weimar's LifeSteps 11 day live in program. I was skeptical about them helping my wife, but within 3 days she was walking 2 miles on the trails there. Now, 15 years later she is still walking and doing better than she was before going through the Weimar program. Instead of being a skeptic, I am now a believer in their program.

Ritchie Christianson, 12/8/2014

Just wanted to share that in late 1966-----1967 at age 14 I was a patient at weimar. It was very hard in many ways but at the same time there were people from the poor to the wealthy and when you were admitted to the hospital every thing you had was taken away every one was issued pj's and robes ... we all became equal. Everyone got along from rich people to street people. Amazing and wonderful

Betty moudy , 5/4/2016

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