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August 7, 2021
11:00 AM
Silver City, NM 88062
Free admission, suggested $5 Donation
01441FtB Nurse Parks
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The Evolution of Hospital Care in Grant County (1883-1937)

Saturday, August 7, 2021

As part of the Unpacking Silver City series, medical historian Heather Moorland will tell the story of the women who founded the “Ladies Hospital” to fill the dismal healthcare void until a modern hospital was built. She will then be joined by guest commentators. In the late 1800s, Grant County was replete with mine workers and transients who had neither means nor family to help with medical emergencies or illness. In 1883, a group of women started a hospital to “provide some sort of shelter, care, and treatment for the aged and sick..." Health care at that time had few elements of the modern care we experience today. Scientific advances outpaced the usefulness of old buildings and unlicensed personnel. The town erected a purpose-built hospital in 1937. Heather Moorland studied the History of Medicine at Western New Mexico University and the University of New Mexico. She is interested in local history and how the town dealt with health care. She taught history at WNMU and U