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Barb (Siergie) Knox- June 06, 2007 - Report this comment
As a kid, I lived on King Street and worked as a "candystriper" at City Hospital. This was probably late 50's or so. Some of the "old"wards were downright scary and we all fought to get there first so we'd be assigned to a"new" ward.
Roberta J. (Boyle) Nichols)- January 19, 2008 - Report this comment
I was told I was born in Worcester City Hospital. I was born in April, 1948. My mother was Eleanor Boyle and she had lived in a Catholic home for unwed mothers--don't know which one. I was adopted by her husband (not my father) when I was 5; hence the name "Nichols". I am trying to locate records that might indicate who my father was. My mother graduated from Millford High in 1949.
Chet- February 03, 2008 - Report this comment
I was born here in 1954. My father died here in 1964. My mother was taken here in 1971 following a serious car accident where a surgeon named Dr. Cataldo saved her life. In the 1960s I lived on Jacques Ave and we used to bicycle up the steep hill and ride around in the hospital parking lot. Nobody ever bothered us or kicked us out. We used to play in the ruins of the Oread School at the top of Castle Hill. All that remained were some steps and the foundation. We believed it was haunted.
jim sadowski- December 14, 2008 - Report this comment 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).
Clay Gleason- April 28, 2009 - Report this comment
I was brn at Wrc City Hospital in 1945 .I use to visit it every once in a while for my stitches.( Boys will be Boys)I use to visit friends that were in there as well as my Mother.I saw a lot of Changes over the years.It was a nice hospital as i remember.My Cousin Howie Gleason use to Volunteer there as well.
Sandi- July 19, 2009 - Report this comment
I was born Sandra Marie Goodness, June 22, 1948 at Worcester City Hospital. Christened on the 4th of July in St. Josephs Church. And that's all she wrote Billy Goat.
Chris- September 03, 2011 - Report this comment
Are there any former City Hospital security officers here or family members/friends? I have a piece of memorabilia that I would like some history on. Thanks
Joyce A Galeskas Morgan- November 27, 2011 - Report this comment
I was sorry to find that this Hospital was no more. I was City Hospital's "Miracle Baby". I was born on 1940 and weighed only 2 pounds! No one thought I would live through the night never mind for almost 72 years! Even today, a baby that small has little chance of surviving without serious health problems. I, however, after 3 months of care by the dedicated medical staff of Worcester City Hospital thrived. I was, and am now, perfectly healthy. I have never had any ill effects as a result of my premature birth. I became an RN, & for 42 yrs tried to give back.
Marlene Koschalk- May 02, 2012 - Report this comment
Do you have records of students that were training there in the 30's am looking for info on a Eva Alice Duval or she may have used the name of Thiffault.she was my late mother in researching family history. please email me at Marlene
Dave- August 01, 2012 - Report this comment
I remember the little food counter you could get sandwiches, as a kid in the late70's & early 80's it was a treat to get rocky road ice cream there if you behaved as visited a sick family member. I the waiting area the had two rows of old wooden phone boothes.   I also recall going there and they had a dentist, had a brooken tooth fixed there when I was a kid. That was an era when nurses at city hospital wore a real nurses uniform with the nurses cap. Always free parking. 
( nee) Joanne Rider- December 07, 2012 - Report this comment
I was told I was born here on March 21st 1964 after my mother was brought in from a nearby Home For Unwed Mothers with a difficult delivery. I was to be left at the Home for adoption but was only told they refused me due to a "back problem" my unknown father had. I have no birth certificate and my mom refuses to talk to me about my beginnings.I have health issues and feel like I know little of my family history. All I know is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome runs in my family. Are there any records from this time & how do I access them if poss? My mother has always said she can't even remember where the Home was, "in the hills near Worcs." I have little to go on & would like ID and a Passport. Stuck in Canada. Joanne Webster
Joanne Rider- December 07, 2012 - Report this comment
My e-mail is which I forgot to include in my 1st comment. Thanks,I hope someone can help point me in the right direction.
Tammy- January 17, 2013 - Report this comment
Hello, I was born here in 1963, and had to stay in-hospital for a month because my Mom and I were both very ill after my delivery. My mom told me about a nurse in the unit who took an interest in me, and called me moon-face. My mother noticed she had a number tattooed on her arm, and the woman quietly told her she had been a prisoner in Auchwitz. If anyone knew this person, I would love to know her name, and what became of her. My e-mail is
joanne yarbrough- March 06, 2013 - Report this comment
looking for info on my father Arthur jette im thinking he worked at the hospital late 40s early 50s any info would be welcoming
Harry Snyder- May 06, 2013 - Report this comment
I owned a house on Ripley Street back in the early Seventies. The State placed children from D.Y.S. with me. The staff at many of Worcester's health care facilities treated these children like so much garbage. That was not true at Worcester City. They (and I) were always treated with respect... and even friendship. Miss the old place.
Ami Paulette Lane- February 23, 2014 - Report this comment
I worked as a clerk in the x-ray department at Worcester City Hospital, 1961-62 and had many friends among the interns and residents. Would love to hear from any of you. I remember a visit from a Chinese doctor at my school, Lyndon State College in Vermont. Have often wondered about him.
Dan Harris- March 25, 2014 - Report this comment
Was born there in March of 1961. What was the exact address? Is the hospital still there? thanks...
Mark- April 09, 2015 - Report this comment
I was born there April 22, 1964 and I was adopted. Does anyone know where I can find the birth records as i am in search of my biological family, especially my mother. email
Mylyn R Vinton-Spooner- July 14, 2015 - Report this comment
Growing up the first 10 years of my life on King Street. Predominately 55 King Street, across the older structure, the hospital was my childhood playground inside and out. The hospital afforded grass something my yard and the lot on the corner did not have. My friends and I ran all over the landscape. Climbing the berry-bearing tree. (yes we also ate them)right outside the chapel entrance. and the huge rock on the right hand side of the drive way that had millions of tiny little red spiders that we would let crawl on our hands. I attended many of sunday service in that chapel. Priests were honorable men who heeded the call. And yes the inside of the hospital I had free run. Sold many candybars for Woodland Community School. Got many lunches and dinners from the snack bar, and spent much of my pocket money in the gift shop. Also spent playing on the fire escapes of the two buildings across from the hospital on what I believe was the Jaques ave side. I have tried to find images to share my childhood memories with my children and grandchildren but can find but one or two. if anyone has a good link that I can find more please send it to thank you
Dr Allan Ramey- August 19, 2015 - Report this comment
Re the mention of City Hospital surgeon Dr Felix Cataldo: He was a great teacher and devout Catholic man who loved the city of Worcester and often spoke of its history. He decried abortion of babies publicly calling surgeons who do this "butchers" and was always generous with his time and knowledge. He was courageous in the operating room and a lover of truth. I am honored to have known him.
Dawn M. DiLiddosweeney- November 23, 2015 - Report this comment
I need medical records from `1965= born at city hospital on September 4th. The records would be under Dawn Marie Goodmey Mother= Barbara Ann Goodney Father George DiLiddo NO MIDDLE NAME. Machinist at Independent Plating in Worcester,Ma I need all medical records from 1965-1975. PLEASE DO TELL ME HOW I CAN OBTAIN THEM.Rs6
Carol l march- February 13, 2016 - Report this comment
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Kevin B.- August 14, 2016 - Report this comment
I am seeking additional information on Dr. John A. Maroney, a cousin of my wife. He died in Florida on August 16, 2003 at 98-years-old. We have been told that his obituary may have appeared in the Worcester T&G. Would appreciate any additional information (photos, stories, etc.) Dr. John Anthony Maroney Chief of Surgical Division, Worcester City Hospital John A. Maroney, M.D., 98; Oldsmar, FL; Tufts University School of Medicine, 1931; died on August 16, 2003. ***** Worcster District Medical Society Worcester Medicine Fall 2003 DR. JOHN MARONEY Dr. John Maroney, a retired general and thoracic surgeon died at his home in Oldsmar Florida on August 16 at the age of 95 [he was actually 98]. John was born in Boston [12 Jun 1905.] He received his undergraduate degree from Tufts College and his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine [1931]. His internship at Worcester City Hospital was followed by a general surgical residency at the Boston City Hospital. He then completed a residency in thoracic surgery at King's County Hospital in New York. John practiced general and thoracic surgery in Worcester hospitals for many years. He contributed to these hospitals and the wider community in many different capacities. Dr. Maroney served as the Chief of Surgery and president of the Staff at Worcester City Hospital and as president of the Worcester District Medical Society. He was also editor of the Worcester Medical News. As a Colonel in the US Army during World War II, John received a citation for his work during the Omaha Beach landing. I worked with John both as a surgical resident and a staff surgeon. And although he could be a terror in the O.R., anyone who worked with him knew he was capable of almost any kind of surgery. From early in his career, John was also an advocate of early ambulation. Once during his military service, he removed a patient's appendix and then walked him from the O.R. to his room! As a reward, he lost his job as Chief of Surgery and was promptly transferred overseas. John Maroney was one of the true characters of a time long past in the practice of medicine and beyond. He will long be remembered with a smile, especially by those of us who were lucky enough to know him in his "hey day". He is survived by his long time friend and companion, Edythe Armstrong of Oldsmar, Florida, two sisters living in San Clemente, CA and several nieces and nephews. By Felix Cataldo, MD ~~~~~ From a Worcester City Directory: (1928) MARONEY, JOHN A, MD, 390 Main St Worcester Mass. Surgery. Tufts 1931. Ch Dlv Worcester City Hosp; Cons Webster Dist Hosp (Webster) ~~~~~ Code or links are not allowed, so please contact me at if you can help. Many thanks. Kevin B.
Angelina Wilson- December 04, 2016 - Report this comment
I was born at City Hospital in Aug. 1974. My mom says it was a hospital with a heart. They ripped up my bills when my family was denied services from the state to help pay them. My mom and dad had paid $5 a week for years at that point.

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