Monday, February 11, 2008
Forest Hills Hospital
Taken from a post card, thanks to Ebay.
There are a few topics that I've been holding on to, hoping to develop enough information to write a worthwhile article. One of them has been the Forest Hills Hospital. I've seen the facility on maps, and I've found a few passing mentions online, but it was only recently that I happened upon the article posted below. The location seems like a great place for a hospital, sitting as it does at a transportation hub. The access is certainly better than for the Faulkner hospital, with its one bus line and no on-street parking. I still don't have the story of the hospital, but this post will serve as a start, and maybe someone will leave a comment to fill in the greater story that I still don't know.
This map shows the property in 1874, undeveloped and owned by Jacob Seaver. Look along Morton street, very near to Washington street and the Forest Hills train station.
In 1905, the lot had been divided up, with homes owned by Jacob Seaver, Thomas Minton, and Seaver & Weld Trustees.
By 1914, the hospital shows up, in the former Seaver house.
Finally, in 1924, the hospital has a new brick building on adjacent land, directly behind the new West Roxbury courthouse.
So I don't know when the hospital opened, or when it closed, but I've got some of the middle bits. Better than nothing.
Edit: I've decided to put some new information in this entry, rather than create a new one. I had seen a reference to an Emerson Hospital and suspected that it was the same as the Forest Hills facility. Here is an early reference to the same institution under the Emerson name. Dr Shadman shows up online as a homeopathic doctor. Mass. Memorial Hospital also shows up as a homeopathic facility in its early incarnation, and apparently became part of the Boston University medical school. I can't sort out the relationship yet, so I'll leave the B.U. connection for now.
6/08: I just found the above picture on Ebay.
Boston Daily Globe December 9, 1913
Restrained From Taking New Patients
Emerson Hospital Order Issued by Court.
On Petition of Dr Shadman, Who Has Leased the Property.
Judge Jenney in Superior Court yesterday restrained the Emerson Hospital on Morton st, Forest Hills, from taking any more patients while at its present house, on a bill filed by Dr Alonzo J. Shadman, who had leased the property.
Dr Shadman was a director in the corporation, but sold his interests. He was denied the privilege later of bringing in or treating patients there. He then arranged to least the property, and when he did, he notified the corportation to vacate the premises, but it has continued to stay there. Dr Shadman said he could not evict them because it would be dangerous to the patients. He intends to conduct a hospital on the premises.
The Citizen December 19, 1946
Mass. Memorial Hospitals Buy Forest Hills General
Massachusetts Memorial Hospitals announced this week purchase of the property of the Forest Hills General Hospital for use as a pavilion for private patients.
Staff physicians of Massachusetts Memorial Hospitals, it was explained, have experienced increasing difficulty in finding room for private patients, so purchase of this property was made to meet more immediately the need than would be possible through the prolonged process of erecting a new building.
Comtemplated plans include changes in partitioning and installation of adequate plumbing facilities to provide accommodations for 116 additional private and semi-private patients.
Massachusetts Memorial Hospitals now consist of Talbot Memorial, used as an outpatient department; Robinson Memorial, erected in 1916; Coliamore Memorial, erected in 1936; Evans Memorial, new building erected in 1942, all of which are contiguous and house inpatients. The other division is the Hayes Memorial, contagious disease unit, Brighton, which has (?50) bed capacity.
With the new private pavilion, the patient capacity of the entire institution will number 566 beds, including 45 bassinets.