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Kingston General Hospital

Kingston General Hospital

Photos by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted December, 2009

Kingston General Hospital


Kingston General Hospital

Plaque Location

The County of Frontenac
The City of Kingston
In front of the Stuart Street entrance to the
Kingston General Hospital

Coordinates: N 44 13.472 W 76 29.580


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Plaque Text

An enduring witness to the evolution of public health care, Kingston General is one of Canada's oldest functioning hospitals. Most of its early buildings have survived, notably the Main Building and the Watkins Wing which date to a time when hospitals were places for the care of the poor. Expansion in the late-19th and early-20th centuries marked the transformation of this charitable hospital into a centre of scientific medicine. The Nickle Wing for patients with infectious diseases, the Doran Building for the care of women and children, and the Fenwick Operating Theatre all date to the 1890s. They show the gradual shift away from treatment in the home in favour of the hospital, which offered new surgical techniques and an antiseptic environment. The new nurses home, completed in 1904, acknowledged the advance of nursing as a profession critical to the institution. Opened in 1914, the Empire Wing with its private and semi-private rooms demonstrates the hospitals acceptance by the well-to-do. These early buildings form an integral part of a larger hospital complex that continues to reflect new approaches to medical treatment.

Other plaques at this location
Charles Edward Poulett Thomson Baron Sydenham 1799-1841
Legislature of the Province of Canada 1841-1844
Sir Charles Bagot 1781-1843

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Ann Baillie Building


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Kingston Plaques

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