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1930s

1931

Needham resident Maralyn (Walton) Mayo and her brother Eddie are born at the original Glover Home and Hospital. At the time, maternity was on the second floor and there was no elevator, so the hospital had to call on local firemen to carry Maralyn's laboring mother up the stairs.

"We are obliged to employ local taxi men to carry patients up and down the stairs. Will all of those men here tonight whose wives have been placed in this position consider it seriously - our new hospital will be equipped with an elevator."
- Mr. James McCracken, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, October 28, 1935, Town Meeting




Maralyn Walton at 3 months old

Courtesy of Maralyn Mayo
Maralyn Walton, age 3 months old (courtesy of Maralyn Mayo)


Eddie (right) and Maralyn Walton at 5 years old and 3 months old, respectively

Courtesy of Maralyn Mayo
Eddie and Maralyn Walton, age 5 years old and 3 months old (courtesy of Maralyn Mayo)
William Mitchell, MD

1936

William Mitchell, MD, turns the ceremonial first spade at the hospital groundbreaking on March 17, 1936. The new facility features an operating room, obstetrical suite, X-ray and laboratory facilities, and an elevator. The total cost is $45,000, which is partially funded by a federal grant under President Roosevelt's New Deal Emergency Relief Appropriation Act.

Costs

New Hospital - $45,000
Operating Room Fee - $10.00
Private Room - $6.00
Ward Bed Rates - $4.50






"The Proposed New Hospital and Its Cost," October 25, 1935

"The Proposed New Hospital and Its Cost," October 25, 1935



A postcard of Glover Memorial Hospital from the 1930s

Postcard of Glover Memorial Hospital


Glover Home and Hospital with a Federal Works Project Public Works Administration notice prior to construction of new hospital, 1936

Glover Home and Hospital with a Federal Works Project Public Works Administration notice prior to construction of new hospital, 1936



A photo of Glover Memorial Hospital in the 1930s

Glover Memorial Hospital






"Dr. Mitchell Breaks Ground for New Hospital" newspaper article, March 20, 1936

"Dr. Mitchell Breaks Ground for New Hospital" newspaper article, March 20, 1936







"One Day at Glover Hospital" newspaper article, April 14, 1930


"One Day at Glover Hospital" newspaper article, April 14, 1930



Needham resident and longtime Glover physician Dorathea Willgoose, MD, reflects on her career starting out in the 1930s in a two-part article she wrote for the hospital publication Monitor, Winter and Spring 1982

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Needham resident and longtime Glover physician Dorathea Willgoose, MD, reflects on her career starting out in the 1930s in a two-part article she wrote for the hospital publication Monitor, Winter and Spring 1982 (click for PDF)

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148 Chestnut Street
Needham, MA 02492
781-453-3000