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Saint John's Infirmary

Wisconsinís First Public Hospital – 1848

 
 
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By Paul F, October 13, 2009
1. Saint John's Infirmary Marker
Inscription. Founded May 15, 1848, with the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul providing direction and nursing, St. Johnís Infirmary offered Wisconsinís first public hospital care under the supervision of the patientís physician. (Prior institutions merely isolated the sick: no medical care was given.)

St. Johnís original location was the southeast corner of Jackson and Wells Streets. In 1855 it was moved downtown, and, in 1858 was built on this site on three acres given by the City. The name was changed to St. Maryís Hospital.

It was also a Marine Hospital for Great Lakes seamen. During the Civil War, the sisters cared for as many as 110 casualties at one time. A famed chief surgeon here was Dr. Erastus B. Wolcott. His achievements included the first recorded kidney removal on June 4, 1861.
 
Erected 1966 by The State Medical Society of Wisconsin. (Marker Number 155.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 3.609′ N, 87° 52.805′ W. Marker is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Marker is at the intersection of North Lake Drive and East North Avenue, North Lake Drive, on the right when traveling
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By Paul F, October 13, 2009
2. Saint John's Infirmary Marker
north on North Lake Drive. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Milwaukee WI 53202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old North Point Water Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); Saint Mary's School of Nursing (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Villa Terrace (approx. 0.2 miles away); Milwaukee River Flushing Pump (approx. 0.6 miles away); North Point Light Station (approx. 0.6 miles away); Charles Allis House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Civil War Camp (approx. 0.7 miles away); Prehistoric Burial Mound (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Milwaukee.
 
Categories. Science & MedicineWar, US Civil
 
 
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