Ask the Grey Sisters by Elizabeth Iles

By Elizabeth Iles

Ask the gray Sisters: Sault Ste. Marie and the overall health center, 1898-1998 tells the tale of the production and one-hundred-year background of the Sault Ste. Marie basic sanatorium. At a time whilst Canada's healthcare method is at a crossroads and we're requested to make an important judgements for its destiny, it really is interesting and enlightening to examine the vibrant previous of a regular group health facility. during the Nineties, Sault Ste. Marie was once a city looking for a medical institution. Its glory days on the centre of the fur-trade path have been long past and the Sault was once within the means of turning into a latest business neighborhood. this type of group wanted a clinic as a centrepiece to draw traders and as an important social establishment to deal with the loads of employees who have been flocking to city with out relatives help. the final medical institution was once tested in 1898 after the city committee charged with constructing a clinic were refused investment via either the federal and provincial governments. In desperation, the committee met with the provincial Inspector of Asylums and Prisons (the purely provincial professional with hospitals in his mandate). "If you need a health facility of which the paintings is severe and lasting," he's mentioned to have instructed them, "ask the gray Sisters." And so started a fruitful organization among the neighborhood of Sault Ste. Marie and orders of gray Sisters who've operated the medical institution via its one-hundred-year background. dependent partly at the huge archival collections of either orders of nuns, this historical past comprises fabric from the sisters' Chronicles and their own memories. the result's an intimate and specific portrait of a neighborhood sanatorium, positioned within the context of an rising provincial approach of overall healthiness care.

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It attacked suddenly and its victims were mainly healthy young adults. Over the six months from September, 1918 to April, 1919, this virulent flu claimed more lives than had the Great War itself. In Sault Ste. Marie, the General Hospital and its one-year-old counterpart the Royal Victoria Hospital, had their mettle tested. The first victim in Sault Ste. Marie was a young man working in a lumber camp around Searchmont. On October 18, 1918, the Sault Star reported that "two serious cases were brought down from Searchmont in a boxcar last night and were removed to the General Hospital.

The hospital's beds arrived by boat sometime during the summer. The Chroniques note that, during their stay in the temporary hospital, sixty-four patients were cared for and there were three deaths. " 25 An offering of $40 was collected in support of the hospital. The building was ready for occupancy by July 1899, and the original four sisters were quickly joined by five of their comrades from Ottawa — Marie de 1'Annunciation, Leopold, St. Fortunat, Heliodore, and Apolline. The grand opening of the hospital was a joyous affair held on September 28, 1899, almost exactly one year after the nuns' arrival.

Hyacinthe to establish a hospital, and in 1844 another small group (discussed earlier in this book) journeyed to the Red River settlement to teach. At the same time, the now-British colony of Quebec was growing and prospering. In 1791, following the American revolutionary war and the influx of the Loyalists, the colony was divided along the Ottawa River into two provinces, Upper and Lower Canada. During the 1800s, the Ottawa valley was heavily settled by Irish and Scottish immigrants, who cleared farms and started up a thriving lumber industry.

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