SwedishAmerican Health System has unveiled its new Heritage Center, a museum that features displays and artifacts pertinent to the hospital’s history and culture. The opening of the museum coincided with the hospital’s 100th anniversary and commemorates a long history of medical service to the northern Illinois community.
Inside the center, visitors can view a timeline of the hospital’s history and special exhibits and artifacts that spotlight areas such as women’s services, obstetrics, orthopedics, cardiology, surgery, pharmacy, polio, and the school of nursing. Among the artifacts included are:
- a bill from 1929 for a 12-day obstetrical hospital stay
- an iron lung
- antique wheelchairs
- uniforms and other memorabilia from the SwedishAmerican School of Nursing
- balance scales used when the hospital employed its own compounding pharmacists
The Heritage Center is open to the public.
SwedishAmerican has also published a 200-page history book, It Began with a Dollar, that tells the story of SwedishAmerican’s first 100 years through photos and stories.
For more information on SwedishAmerican Health System history, http://www.swedishamerican.org/history/.
Westphal, C. SwedishAmerican celebrates 100 years with new Heritage Center. Rockford Register Star. June 3, 2011. http://www.rrstar.com/carousel/x907621789/SwedishAmerican-celebrates-100-years-with-new-Heritage-Center
SwedishAmerican Health System. A Century of Caring. http://www.swedishamerican.org/history/
Posted by Center for Hospital and Healthcare Administration History, (312) 422-2050, email@example.com.