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Digital Exhibits

The Legacy of 179 Lake Avenue
The unique history of the Lee Private Hospital and its later service as the Lake Avenue Hospital


John M. Lee, M.D.


History of Rochester Area Hospitals
In the past 160 years, hospitals have changed from small cottage hospitals, to specialized institutions, general hospitals and to today's multi-hospital corporations.  This exhibit takes a look at the origins of the major hospitals in Monroe and Wayne County.

 Myers Community Hospital Sodus, N.Y.

United States Cadet Nurse Corps
When the United States entered World War II, it became clear that there was a dramatic shortage of nurses in the country. Nursing schools throughout the United States were sent telegrams announcing the formation of the Cadet Nurse Corps and were invited to join.

 Cadet Nurses Corps patch

The Nursing Practice Act
Little is remembered of the part Rochester, New York played in the professionalization and reform of nursing. Rochester had been the center of nursing reform since the late 1800's helping form the New York State Nurses Association, the first such organization in the country.


Sophia Palmer, Nurse Reformer

Civil War Medicine and the Rochester City Hospital
The story of medical treatment of Civil War Soldiers and how it touched the lives of local soldiers and four early surgeons of Rochester City Hospital.


Union Army Surgeons

Outstanding Rochester Nurses
Rochester's nurses have made an impact on the nursing profession from the earliest days.
Here are a few outstanding examples.


Jessica Heal, R.N. - Nurse Supervisor

Women Pioneers in Rochester Healthcare
The history of healthcare in Rochester is linked to the devotion of its women to the community. Here a few biographical sketches of the women who contributed to our healthcare.


Marcena S. Ricker, M.D. - Susan B. Anthony's Physician

Where Had All the Nurses Gone? : The Spanish Influenza Epidemic of 1918
When the Spanish Influenza epidemic invaded Rochester in the fall of 1918, the community was paralyzed. Military demands of World War I had steadily drained the area of trained nurses. Actions taken by health care leaders show how fully the community had come to depend on professional nurses in the few decades since the 1880 opening of the city’s first nurse training school at Rochester City Hospital.