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The Early Years: 1864-1880

Architects conception of Rochester City Hospital in 1858
Searl and Son Architects conception of Rochester City Hospital in 1858.

On January 28, 1864 Rochester City Hospital was opened for inspection. One physician, one surgeon, a resident physician, a superintendent and his wife, a cook and a laundress staffed it. Nursing staff from the community was hired on a week to week basis. The first patient, Maggie O'Brien, was admitted February 5 for the treatment of a tapeworm.