Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Portland hospitals at the turn of the century

Looking for images of the hospital facilities that would have been available to the Portland medical community in 1918 when the influenza pandemic struck, we assembled these photographs of:

Multnomah County Hospital (in its "pre-Hill" location at Second and Hooker Streets downtown, with 65 beds; this image in the Historical Image Collection)

St. Vincent Hospital (sometime after the 1895 move to Westover Road, with ca. 400 beds; this image from an undated scrapbook in our collections)

and Emanuel Hospital (sometime between 1915 and 1939, with 60 beds; this image from a history of the hospital written by Lew Hurd in 1939, and deposited in the PNW Archives Collection)

No wonder they had to convert Civic Auditorium into a makeshift hospital and erect tents in other city locations. A timeline of the influenza outbreak in Oregon is available from the DHS web site.

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