Hospital and Nurses' Residence in 1962

Hospital Day

We come together to play games, enjoy one another's company and celebrate our unique Island lifestyle!

Downtown Queen Charlotte c. 1915

The Opening of the New 1955 Hospital (Official Programme)

OFFICIAL PROGRAMME

OPENING

QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLAND’S GENERAL HOSPITAL

The United Church of Canada

QUEEN CHARLOTTE CITY, B.C.

TUESDAY FIFTEENTH NOVEMBER

1955

 

O CANADA

O Canada! Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise
The True North strong and free;
And stand on guard, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.

Chorus:
O Canada! Glorious and free!
We stand on guard, we stand on guard for thee. O Canada! We stand on guard for thee.

THE HYMN
Father, whose will is life and good
For all of mortal breath,
Bind strong the bond of brotherhood
Of those who fight with death

2 Empower the hands and hearts and wills
Of friends in lands afar
Who battle with the body’s ills,
And wage Thy holy war.

3 Where’er they heal the maimed and blind,
Let love of Christ attend;
Proclaim the good Physician’s mind,
And prove the Saviour friend.

THE DOXOLOGY Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below:
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

PROGRAMME

O CANADA
CHAIRMAN
GREETINGS FROM:

     Mr. Bruce Brown, M.L.A. for Dominion and Provincial Houses
     Mr. N.A. English for the Logging Industries
     B.C.H.I.S.
     Mrs. G. Frosst for Masset Community
     Mr. W. Matthews for Masset Haidas
     Mr. W.P. Pruden for Indian Department
     Mr. S. Wilson for Skidegate Inlet
     Mrs. B. Grant for Tuberculosis Society of B.C.
     Dr. Fraser for Indian Health Services
     Mr. B. Philips - Clerk of Works

DEDICATION AND CONSECRATION

     Opening Sentence - Rev. W.P. Bunt, Superintendent of Home Missions
     Scripture - Luke 4:14-21 - Rev. R.G. Connal, Prince Rupert Presb.
     Prayer
     Hymn: “Father, whose will is life and good”.
     The Address - Rev. L.G. Sieber, Home Missions Convenor
     Handing Over of Keys: Contractor - Architect - Church
     Unveiling of Plaque - Mrs. Duval and Mrs. Pitt-Turner
     Doxology

 

Bronze Plaque

QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLAND’S GENERAL HOSPITAL

The United Church of Canada

Opened and Dedicated

To the Glory of God

In the Ministry of Healing

on

Tuesday, the fifteenth day of November, 1955

“In Quietness and in confidence shall be your strength”

Isa.30:15

HISTORICAL NOTE

The story of the hospital is part of the story of the Islands. In 1908 ‘The Sawmill’ was set up in the bush of Queen Charlette city. From some of the first lumber sawn went up buildings of residences and stores, and the company donated the lumber for building a hospital. Mr. Ed Wiggins and others voluntarily built the foundations on land that men from Skidegate Mission had cleared. The Company carpenters and George Carmichael completed the building.

Dr. Cross was the first doctor and Miss Lauder (honeybunch) was the first nurse. A succession of doctors followed over the years: Doctors Wright, Winters, Palmer, Bleaker, Charter, Roberts, McColl, Kelley, Burgess, Macdonald, Singer and presently Doctors Watt and Ellingham. We must not omit mention of the yeoman service of such nurses as Mrs. Duval, Mrs. Pitt-Turner, Miss Page and so many others.

The Hospital has had its ups and downs. Many times the doctor and his wife carried on almost alone. Sometimes one nurse worked all by herself. By 1946 the community found itself in difficulty about finances and staff. At that time The United Church Of Canada was asked to assume responsibility for the administration of the hospital. The Church sought doctors and provided residences for them. Since then The British Columbia Hospital Insurance Service has entered the hospital field of management and financing. In 1948 the hospital was declared inadequate, and in 1952 condemned as an unsafe building for a hospital.

The Board of Directors during these years has worked hard toward a new hospital building, and in the last three years have been ably supported by all the citizens and industries of the Islands. Hospital Day on the Islands has been the First of July since the old Hospital opened in 1909. We are proud of our new Hospital and look toward years of even greater service.

FINANCES

How easy it is to forget the costs of a building such as this. This building represents thousands of man hours of work in many cities of many countries. The long hours of planning, first here in this Board, and then by the architects and consultants. There was the careful checking by the government agencies and the local Board. Many changes had to be made. Many of these hours of work and tons of materials and miles of transportation had to be paid for.

The cost in approximate figures is one quarter million dollars by the time the hospital is equipped. Toward the building costs the B.C. Government pay one third which amounts to over $80,000; the Dominion Government pays $1,000 per bed and the Province pays that portion of the second third not covered by the Dominion Grant; that left the community to raise $85,000.

It is fortunate that we have community minded industries which accepted a real share in the building of this hospital. Mr. Norman English is head of the committee of the logging companies and together they raised $30,000; Kelley Logging (Powell River) $13,000, Alaska Pine $10,000, and Crown Zellarbach $7,000. The United Church of Canada donated $20,000, Masset Cannery $1,000, Prince Rupert Co-op (Fisherman’s) $1,000, Canadian Fishing Co. $1,000, The B.C.T.B. Society $5,000, B.C. Packers $1,000, Nelson Bros. Fisheries $1,000, Imperial Oil Co. $100, T. Eaton Co. $100, Simpson-Sears $50. And the local Isalnds people by bazaars, dances, Hospital Days and canvas have raised over $10,000.

In addition to these large amounts contributed toward the Hospital Building industries and local people have generously contributed toward the equipment in the hospital. This equipping of the hospital is not quite complete at this moment and a list of donors will be published later.

HOSPITAL STAFF

Medical Superintendent and Administrator -
W.D. Watt, M.D.

Hospital Secretary -
Mrs. S. deBucy

Staff Doctor -
F.H. Ellingham, M.D.

Matron -
Miss I. Preston, Reg.N.

Staff Nurses -
Miss J. Fennel, Reg.N.
Miss M. Maak, G.Sch.I.G.
Miss E.Schimkus, G.Sch.I.G.
Miss A. Uberall, Reg.N.

Nurses’ Aides -
Miss B. Stevens
Mrs. M. Picket
Mrs. G. Neubauer

Cook -
Miss M. Moody

Housekeepers -
Miss B. Wilson
Mrs. D. Kirkpatrick

Laundress -
Miss T. Stevens

Janitor -
Mr. G. Neubauer

Bookkeeper -
Miss V.Fairbairn

Hospital Board of Directors

    

Rev. L.C. Hooper, Chairman; Mrs. D. Kendall, Secretary; Mrs. G. Brown, Treasurer; Mr. A. Husband, Water Commissioner (Gov’t); Mr. T. Sheppard (Kelley Logging); Mr. H. Wickstrom (Crown Zellarbach), Mr. W.P. Pruden (Indian Department), Mr. George Rasmussen, Mr. S. deBucy, Representatives of Alaska Pine and other Island Communities.

Ex-Officio - Rev. M.C. Macdonald, D.D., Rev. W.P. Bunt, D.D., Rev. G.G. McLaren, Capt H.S. Hilton, and Rev. L.G. Sieber (All of Home Missions Board of the United Church of Canada.

THANKS ARE DUE TO THE FOLLOWING FOR

BEAUTY OF DESIGN AND HIGH STANDARD OF WORKMANSHIP

IN OUR NEW HOSPITAL BUILDING

ARCHITECTS

WHITTAKER and WAGG

Victoria, B.C.

CONSULTANTS:

Heating     F.T. Gardner, P.Eng.     Victoria, B.C.

Electrical     Simpson & McGregor     Victoria, B.C.

GENERAL CONTRACTOR

WARD AND SON LTD.

New Westminster, B.C.

SUB-CONTRACTORS

Dumb Waiter - Otis Elevator Co. Vancouver

Electrical - Mott Electric Ltd. New Westminster

Finishing Hardware - F.C. Myers Ltd. Vancouver

Linoleum - Layfield & Co. Vancouver

Millwork - Shaw Bros. New Westminster

Paint - Totem Painting Ltd. Vancouver

Plastering - Jas. Cooper New Westminster

Plumbing & Heating - J & F Plumbing & Heating Ltd. New Westminster

Clerk of Works - Mr. B. Philips Masset