Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
Theda Clark Memorial Hospital, pp. 292-294 PDF (936.9 KB)
THEDA CLARK MEMORIAL HOSPITAL THEDA CLARK MEMORIAL HOSPITAL was erected in I909 as a memorial to Mrs. Theda Clark Peters. Wishing to give the community some needed and worthwhile gift, she had made a bequest of $96,ooo. After considering the possible uses for the money, her family decided that a hospital was the best answer. To place the new institution on a secure financial foundation, Mrs. Peters' family made an additional gift of $30,000. Construction of the build- ing took $8o,ooo, and the remaining $46,000 was set aside as an endowment, the income from which was to be used to help cover the cost of operation. The hospital provided 25 beds, but the first year only a total of 196 pa- tients were admitted. By i919 admis- sions rose to 1,114. More space and more facilities were essential. The Board of Trustees decided on the construction of an additional wing, doubling the C. B. Clark-s Born September 5, 1882 jumped during the years of World War Died April 6, 1949 1. Cost of the addition was more than He loved the city of his birth, and gave ofhimselfand ofhismeans toits welfare $i5o,ooo, and it became necessary for as has no other citizen. the family of the original donor to look for outside help in shouldering the load. Local firms and individuals made contributions totaling $6o,ooo. A nursing school had been started in I9I0, with five students. Miss Amelia Ritchie, who was Superintendent of the hospital, directed the school. This school was affiliated with Cook County Hospital and students were given part of their training there. The school continued until 1938, and had graduated 127 students. An alumni association was formed, and since the nurses had all taken surgical training under Miss Julia Sorenson, who was connected with the hospital almost 292
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