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HOSPITAL RECEIVES ITS FIRST PATIENT ON SUNDAY EVENING

(Monroe Evening News, Monday, Nov 18, 1929, Ft Page)

Mercy hospital which formally opened its doors for patients this morning after the inspection of the building by the general public on Saturday and the dedication Sunday, received its first case at 7:45 p.m. Sunday when Edwin Reh of route 2 entered the hospital Mr. Reh was operated upon this morning.

Three other patients entered this morning for operations. Mrs. Myrtle Sanglier of 216 East Lorain street was the second and Mrs. Katherine Spas, 626 East Second street and James Ran 131 Lincoln avenue, were other persons listed this morning.

Besides the patients entering this morning a good many requests have been made for rooms.

Plans are being completed for the dinner to be given to the doctors of the county tomorrow night at 6:30 in the main dining room of the hospital. Several doctors from Toledo are also expected to be present, Dr. Herbert W. Landon of Monroe, chief of staff, will announce the members of the advisory board of the hospital staff and will outline the plans for the future.

Several thousand men, women and children visited the hospital Saturday afternoon at the opening and Sunday afternoon for the dedication and inspection.

The institution was first opened to the public at 2 p. m. Saturday after the doctors, nurses and Sisters had made their formal inspection. Scores of cars were parked in the hospital grounds and on North Macomb Street in the immediate vicinity as their occupants went through the building. Attendants were on hand to show them all the rooms of the new structure and crowds continued to pour in all afternoon.

Sunday afternoon more crowds visited the institution hundreds of them from villages and rural districts in the county and many from Detroit, Toledo and other cities. They were enthusiastic in their praise of the building and its equipment and the Sisters received innumerable congratulations from doctors and laymen on the efficency completeness embodied in the structure and equipment.

At 3 o. clock Sunday afternoon the formal dedication ceremonies were held with the Rt. Rev. Joseph Plagens, auxiliary bishop of Detroit presiding in the absence of Bishop William H. Gallagher. Bishop Plagens was assisted by the Rev. A. Bertele, pastor of St Michael's church as subdeacon. The services closed with solemn benediction in the chapel.

In his sermon, Bishop Pagens congratulated the people of Monroe city and county and the Sisters of St. Joseph for their splendid achievement in building and equipping the Mercy hospital. He said the people of the community deserve a great deal of praise for making possible this remarkable institution for the alleviation of human suffering and he spoke highly of the Sisters for their excellent work in the past for their energy and initiative in planning this new medium for doing further work.

The Rev. Fr. William Murphy of Detroit acted as master of ceremonies. More than 20 priests, from the Detroit diocese were present including the Rt. Rev. Monsignor Raymond Champion of Ecorse , the Rev. Daniel Ryan, president of Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit the Rev. Edward O. Hara, president of the Catholic rural conference, Washington, D.C., also was present.

(Monroe Evening News, Monday, Nov 18, 1929, Ft Page)


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