Thursday, May 4, 2017

A new hospital in Chester 115 years ago. A Chester Pike talk

The original Crozer Hospital 115 years ago. Built by the estate of J. Lewis Crozer
            The Times presents to its readers today a prospectus of the handsome new Crozer Homeopathic Hospital, which is to be erected on the site adjoining the Crozer Home for Incurables on Seminary Hill.  The contract for the erection of this structure was awarded some days ago to the firm of J & T Oliver, contractors and builders of this city who have already staked out the ground and commenced operations on the excavations.
            The building is to be constructed of granite from the Leiper & Lewis quarries at Avondale, this county, and the main structure will be two stories high, with one story wings on the north and south elevations.  The first floor is devoted to the women’s surgical and medical wards, similar wards for men, reception room and office, a receiving room and headquarters for the head nurse.  The men’s and women’s wards are separated by a long, wide corridor extending the length of the building and communicating with the wings.
            The operating room, surgeon’s room, etherizing room, sterilizing room, recovery room and antiseptic hall are all in the north wing and will be handsomely finished and equipped for surgical and hospital purposes.  The wards are also supplied with accommodations for the nurses, linen closets, and all the necessary conveniences and accommodations.
            Particular attention has been paid to the ventilation and sanitary arrangements in the preparation of the plans and in this respect it will be one of the best institutions of the kind in the State, if not in the country.  No expense will be spared in the equipment and furnishing of the various wards and apartments.  The second floor will be occupied by private rooms and quarters for the doctors.
            Diet kitchens, bath rooms, toilet rooms and all such conveniences are provided for and cement and wooden floors where they are deemed most advisable from a sanitary point of view.  A tunnel will communicate to the Crozer Home and the new building will be heated by means of this arrangement from the adjoining structure.  The roof will be covered with red Spanish tiles and when completed the entire building will be a handsome monument to the late J. Lewis Crozer.

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