Special Issue 4.0

Some notable hospitals in the United States

Michael Reese Hospital, Charles M. Shapiro
  • In the 1840s Jews poured into Chicago. The emigration continued for several decades. Those coming from Eastern Europe tended to settle on the west side of the city where land was cheaper. They were relatively educated in the affairs of the day… Continue Reading


Freedman’s Hospital, Yanglu Chen
  • The name itself, Freedmen’s Hospital, betrays a sense of bitter conflict: that there existed men unfreed, and they were not treated here – and that even the freed men had only this hospital. In fact, Freedmen’s Hospital in Washington D.C. was… Continue Reading


The 8076th: a hospital with marching orders, Abigail Cline
  • November 22 was an unusually cold day at the American hospital in Kumchon County. Otherwise, it was business as usual in the sixty-bed facility. The doctors were scrubbing for surgery, nurses were moving patients among the wards… Continue Reading


Maynard-Columbus Hospital, Erin K. Crouch
  • Finding gold in 1898 transformed a stretch of tundra just four degrees south of the Arctic Circle into a cabin city of tents, logs, and 20,000 prospectors, including claim jumpers, men of fortune, saloon keepers, and women of ill repute…. Continue Reading


The hospital on profanity, Josephine Ensign
  • When Harborview Hospital in Seattle opened its doors to patients in 1931, advertising posters portrayed the striking fifteen-story Art Deco building as a shining beacon of light, the great cream-colored hope on the hill overlooking… Continue Reading


The Massachusetts General Hospital, Andy H. Hung
  • The performance was about to begin. The great glass dome lit up the open center stage with bright skylight. It was October 16, 1846, a time in history when surgeons performed their art before spectators, and the audience was about to… Continue Reading


Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Carolyn Lipchik
  • The dean of the College of Medicine recalled Dr. Mitchell looking over blueprints and declaring, ‘We’ll have something here. There’ll be nothing like it in the world.’”1 Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) has a long history of … Continue Reading


Carville, Michelle Lott
  • The old Indian Camp plantation in southern Louisiana was going to be an ostrich farm—at least that’s what folks were told, so as not to cause alarm. No ostriches ever came. Instead, it would become a home to those ostracized by society because… Continue Reading
The unique journal of the USS Red Rover, Emily L. Moore
  • The USS Red Rover was commissioned on December 26, 1862, by the Union as the first US Navy hospital ship. It had been built in 1859 as a commercial use wooden side-wheel river steamer and purchased in 1861 by the Confederate States… Continue Reading


Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Krutika Parasar
  • In February 2007 a highly damaging scandal shook the renowned Walter Reed Army Medical Center to its very foundations. In a series of articles about the facility, the Washington Post reported deplorable infrastructure and unsanitary conditions… Continue Reading


The public hospital of Williamsburg, Brian Andrew Sharpless
  • Although it is widely known that the first hospital in the United States was the Pennsylvania Hospital (founded in 1751 in Philadelphia), few may realize that the first American hospital devoted exclusively to treating the mentally…Continue Reading


The $84.77 Hospital – St. Vincent, Terri L. Sinnott
  • What in the United States could be purchased with $87.44 in 1881? In that year Bishop Francis Silas Marean Chatard and four Daughters of Charity1 took that sum and funded the first Catholic hospital in Indianapolis. Chatard had been … Continue Reading


Ellis Island Hospital, quarantine to freedom, Annabelle Slingerland
  • The recent news and concerns about immigration into Europe and other parts of the world bring to mind similar events and fears prevailing in the years during which millions of people immigrated into the United States of America… Continue Reading


Montefiore: instrument for social good, Grace Sotomayor
  • At this time in the United States, there is heated debate and rancor about whether health care is a right or a privilege and how and if our country should pay for healthcare. However, some members of one American institution, the hospital… Continue Reading


The Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Samantha L. Williamson
  • The direct ophthalmoscope debuted in Germany in 1851, ushering in the modern era of ophthalmology. Seven years later, the introduction of the laryngoscope allowed direct visualization of the airway. In 1858, on the heel of these discoveries… Continue Reading


Hillman Hospital A.J. Wright
  • Alabama’s first operating medical school, the proprietary Graefenberg Medical Institute in the small town of Dadeville, opened in 1852. That school closed at the beginning of the Civil War. The Medical College of Alabama had been chartered … Continue Reading