Ottumwa, IA…In early 2012, during the process of cleaning out the old St Joseph Hospital, a full skeleton was discovered in the basement of the old hospital.  “We got quite a kick out of finding him especially since all the ghost stories that were going around,” states Suzie Wood, Executive Director of Development at Ottumwa Regional Health Center.  Wood continues, “this skeleton was used for teaching purposes in the late 1930’s and early 40’s in the x-ray department”.  As best that can be found, “Mr. Bones”, as he is now referred as, was donated to St Joseph Hospital around the 1938.

Mr. Bones was confirmed as a” Mister” by Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Bradley Scott, earlier this year.  He stated how interesting it was to see a full skeleton with all his teeth, fingers, toes with the cartridge attached.  This is very rare.

CEO at Ottumwa Regional Health Center, Phil Dionne, in order to ensure he was preserved for the future had him encased to protect him from the elements.  This process was recently completed and Mr. Bones will be on display for the employees of the hospital to appreciate.

Mr. Bones will then be donated to the University of Iowa Medical Museum for others to view and appreciate come early April.


For further questions please call Suzie Wood in Development at ORHC at 641-684-2351.