It always amazes me to read what early 1900s buildings cost to build. Akron’s “new” city hospital was dedicated in April 1904 at a cost $203,600.94. I suppose that was quite a huge sum of money back then to the residents of Akron, OH. The city’s wealthy gathered money to buy the first hospital, the Dr. SW Bartges Mansion on East Market St, in 1892. I could not find reference to the funding source for the “new” city hospital, but can probably assume a vast majority also came from Akron’s wealthy.
I also found references during my research, to The Idabelle Firestone School of Nursing (dedicated in 1929). I couldn’t tell if the school was located in the new hospital. If it was, the new hospital also had a pool and gym (still used by hospital staff today). Wow, luxurious accommodations for a school.
There is a more recent pic of the new hospital showing the addition to the front at http://www.akronhistory.org/hospitals.htm. I ran across a picture of the main operating room in the new hospital I found interesting. I’ll have to show it to my sister, an ER nurse, who at one time was an operating room nurse.
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