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Just as the Memorial Hospital started out in the mansion of Samuel Davis, the City Hospital had its beginnings in the Bigelow Mansion. However, rather than private funding, it was created on may 23, 1871 by an act of state legislature.
Robert A. Doyle - Report this comment
In the fifties I worked at City Hospital on and off as an orderly or housekeeper. My buddy Jack McGuinness and I used to often trade jobs when either of us got fired from housekeepering or nursing. On the one occasion that we were working together in housekeeping they made the mistake of letting us assist some painters in painting the lobby of the old hospital lobby. On either side of the lobby hung portraits of 18th century Worcester luminaries Mr Jacques and Mr Thayer. Jack and I took down both portraits so the walls could painted. Beneath each portrait were brass plates bearing the names of the above personage. We left thee in place. When it was time to replace the portraits we decided that we would see if the luminaries fame had seriously declined in the minds of their fellow Worcesterites, especially those in charge of City Hospital. We screwed Mr Jacques portrait to the wall over Mr Thayer's nameplate and vice versa. For years I would check and found nobody was the wiser. Ah, fame is so fickle! Bob Doyle
Ami Paulette Lane- July 12, 2008 - Report this comment
In "61-62" I worked as an X-Ray clerk at Worcester City Hospital. I remember some great foreign interns and residents; one Greek fellow and a Chinese doctor in particular and wonder where they are, today. If anyone knows about Dr. Chu (Choo) or Dr. Cotselimbus (sp.?) please reply. Ami
jim sadowski- December 27, 2008 - Report this comment
from a 1900 book about worcester Hospital, (The City)— This institution was incorporated May 25, 1871, and was opened at the Abijah Bigelow house on the corner of Front and Church streets, Oct. 25, 1871. George Jaques soon after gave three and a half acres of land on Prince street (now Jaques avenue) as a site for a hospital, and at his death left the remainder of his estate, in value nearly $200,000 as a fund for its support. The Jaques homestead, at the corner of Wellington and Chandler streets, was occupied as a hospital from January, 1874, to December 8, 1881, when the present building on Jaques avenue was ready for use. At first there were only the main building and two wards, but in 1882 another ward was added, and later the Gill and Salisbury wards were built from funds given by Mrs. Sarah W. Gill and Stephen Salisbury, Esq. Mrs. Helen C. Knowles gave at her death $25,000 for the erection and maintenance of a lying-in ward, and this has been completed, and is known as the "Knowles Maternity." There are now seventy beds at the Hospital, and over 1,000 patients are treated yearly. A training school for nurses has been established at the hospital. The institution is under the direction of a board of seven trustees. Dr. Charles A. Peabody is the superintendent. The sum of $15,000 was appropriated by the City Government for the support of the hospital for the present year (1892).
KB1FJR- April 23, 2010 - Report this comment
Does anyone know the exact day Worcester City Hospital Closed? The best I can find is September 5, 1991. When they stopped accepting inpatients and transitioned over to Community Healthlink, etc.
KAL- September 30, 2010 - Report this comment
Worcester City Hospital closed it's doors on Thurday Sept.5,1991. Admissions were stopped in August and all patients had been transferred to appropriate facilities a few days prior to closing. A sad day after 120 years of serving those in need.
Anita- October 04, 2011 - Report this comment
I worked as a respiratory therapist up until the closing of Worcester City Hospital. I was only there a about a year before it closed. I remember that day. I remember thinking, the history in this place is very long. And I remember thinking, today it stops. I don't know what they did with the place after we left. W
Marlene Koschalk- May 09, 2012 - Report this comment
My Mother in law was supposed to have been a nursing student at the city hospital in the 1930's is there anyway I can find out,her name was Eva Alice,she could have used the last name of Thiffault or Duvall,
Bill Sweeney- January 13, 2013 - Report this comment
Does anyone remember where surgical and intensive care units were located?
Tammy Marengo- March 13, 2013 - Report this comment
Hi, Ami, you may be able to help me. I am looking for a nurse or aid that worked in the maternity ward at City Hospital in 1963. She had been liberated from Auschwitz. She had a tattoo, and loved the babies, because she was unable to have children due to sterilizations done at the camp. She took a liking to me and my Mom, who were there for a month after I was born. She had named me 'Moonface', and paid special attention to me. I am looking for her name, since she may have signed medical charts, etc., at her job. She would have been in her 40's probably. Any recollections anyone?
Karen- June 25, 2013 - Report this comment
Bill.....the surgical ICU & medical ICU were separated. If I remember correctly one was at the end of the corridor of JM1 and the other at the end of JM2.
Art- April 28, 2015 - Report this comment
I am researching where my parents lived in Worcester. They were from China and lived in the City. I was born 1964 in Worcester and was wondering where I can locate those records that would indicate their address at the time. The City Clerk office is no help. Any idea who would have those records.
Sue- March 04, 2016 - Report this comment
I am trying to find my medical records from 1950s. The Doctor was Dr Cohen. I believe it was Worcester City Hospital but It may have been Memorial Hospital. Does anyone remember Dr Cohen or know where I can look for medical records. Thank You
carol young- May 03, 2016 - Report this comment
Does anyone know how to get old school records from 1930's. I don't know what school he went to, he was in an orphanage at some point. He was born in Worcester 1924. He was born in the Memorial Hospital. thanks for any help
John Cox- December 19, 2017 - Report this comment
I worked as a dishwasher/ helper in the kitchen at WCH from October 66 to March/April 67; when I took a much cleaner job at Denholm & McKay Dept store. I recall taking the food trucks up to the wards and collecting them later. Ruined several articles of clothing while washing dishes.
hank Listenik- January 16, 2019 - Report this comment
does any know of how i can obtain my medical records? I had some surgery done as a boy there. Dr Warren Eddy Was the attending doctor at the time. definatly in the 60' dad had a chair there for dentistry and my mother went to nursing school there. please email me at thank you
worcesterite- January 29, 2019 - Report this comment
Hi Sue, I am a former patient of Dr. Cohen. He was affiliated with City Hospital. He had me admitted there so many times as a child, I lost count. He left me to the care of other foreign doctors, checking on me occasionally. He was a well known pediatrician. He had offices at The Fallon Clinic on Plantation Street. As a child with life threatening asthma and allergies, I spent a lot of time there, in oxygen tents. i clearly remember the constant blood draws, along with the x-rays, without use of lead aprons to protect my reproductive organs. I remember the names of some drugs they used on me, as well as experimental inhalation therapies. Most of all, I remember some of the other children...Hope this is of some help--it would be helpful to find out where medical records are archived.

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