“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Downtown in Indianapolis in Marion County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Milestones in Nursing

Milestones in Nursing Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By M. Bowyer, July 22, 2007
1. Milestones in Nursing Marker
Inscription.  1859. Completion of the first building of the Indianapolis City Hospital, forerunner of Marion County General Hospital. Founder of this oldest general hospital in Indiana was Livingston Dunlap, M.D.

1861–1865. The first patients were admitted when the facility was opened as a Military Hospital by Governor Oliver P. Morton. Sister Athanasius Fogarty and other Sisters of Providence supplied the nursing care. John M. Kitchen, M.D., was chief medical officer. Henry M. Wishard, M.D., was resident surgeon.

1883. Professional nursing in Indiana was born with founding at City Hospital of the Flower Mission Training School for Nurses, Indiana’s oldest school of nursing. Superintendent of the hospital was William N. Wishard, M.D. Margaret Iddings was the first graduate. Other early graduates organized training schools in the Midwest and West and in Honolulu.

1891. Upon graduation from the training school Mae D. Currie ’91 joined the staff of the Flower Mission Society to initiate professional home care for the sick poor in Indianapolis.

1913. Founding of the Public Health Nursing Association of Indianapolis
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by Abbie Hunt Bryce. Two fruitful years as superintendent of the Flower Mission Training School, 1885-1887, were followed by a lifetime of concern for every phase of nursing.
Erected 1968 by Indiana League for Nursing. (Marker Number 49.1968.1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Science & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1859.
Location. 39° 46.858′ N, 86° 10.584′ W. Marker is in Indianapolis, Indiana, in Marion County. It is in Downtown. Marker is on West 10th Street. Located at the Nursing Museum entrance, Wishard Hospital. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1001 W 10th St, Indianapolis IN 46202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. Amelia Keller (approx. ¼ mile away); This Tablet Marks the Homestead of Isaac Wilson, Pioneer and Patriot. (approx. 0.3 miles away); Wilson House Site (approx. 0.3 miles away); Emerson Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Plague Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Historic Ransom Place (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ransom Place Historic District (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ball Nurses' Sunken Garden and Convalescent Park (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Indianapolis.
Building located behind the Milestones in Nursing Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By M. Bowyer, July 22, 2007
2. Building located behind the Milestones in Nursing Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on February 4, 2023. It was originally submitted on July 22, 2007, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,904 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 22, 2007, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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