Retired RAdm. Walter G. Ebert moved to Marietta, Ohio after retirement to become administrator of the local hospital. He was there two years when he was chosen to succeed Nellie Brown as administrator of Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie, Indiana, replacing the former administrator, Ms Nellie Brown, shown above. High on the list of responsibilities for the new administrator was the ability to organize, fund and build an expansion of the hospital. During Ebert's tenure as administrator the hospital grew from 240 beds to 562, two major additions were completed, the School of Nursing was phased out and Ball State University's baccalaureate nursing course was begun, a school of practical nursing was established, the critical care unit was started and full-time emergency room physicians were added.
After 20 years as administrator, Ebert retired in 1972.