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History of Rochester Area Hospitals

This exhibit will high light the origins of the many area hospitals. From its early years right up to the present, Rochester has been a leader in medicine. The founding of the Rochester City Hospital in 1847 by the Rochester Female Charitable Society and leading business and community leaders began the start of Rochester a leading center of medicine in western New York.

The three following stories chronicle the development of the major medical institutions in and around the greater Rochester Area.

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The Origins of Rochester's Early Hospitals

This chronicles the origins of Rochester's oldest hospitals and many of its private and specialty medical institutions. In particular, the Rochester City Hospital, now the Rochester General Hospital, Saint Mary's Hospital on Genesee Street , Monroe Community Hospital, Rochester State Hospital, Hope Hospital, that became the Municipal Hospital, The Infants Summer Hospital and its present embodiment as Crestwood Children's Center, Park Avenue and Park Ridge Hospitals and the origin of the University of Rochester Medical Center's Strong Memorial Hospital.

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Rochester's Homeopathic Hospitals

In the 19th Century, Rochester became a leading center in Homeopathic medicine. The origins of the Rochester Homeopathic Hospital, (later becoming the Genesee Hospital), the Hahnemann Hospital, (which became the Highland Hospital), and private hospitals Lee Private Hospital and the Graham Highland Park Sanitorium and Maternity Hospital are the focus of this second essay.

Wayne County Hospitals

newark hospital circa 1930The Newark Wayne Community Hospital has its origins in the rich history of Wayne County Medicine. In this last chapter, Myers Hospital, Lyons Community Hospital, Wolcott Hospital, Edward J. Barber Hospital in Lyons and the Newark Hospital are chronicled.