This exhibit traces the history of healthcare in Springfield and highlights some of its many heroes. From the Civil War through present day, doctors and nurses, public health employees, social workers and philanthropists have contributed significantly to improving the health of this community with their skills, compassion and vision. With the WHO’s declaration of the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, we dedicate a part of this exhibit to celebrating the city’s nurses, and with our Wall of Healthcare Heroes, we honor the courageous and dedicated work of our hospitals’ front line responders.
As stewards of Baystate Medical Center’s Archives, including its Training School for Nurses, we draw upon that collection to tell its story, with its rich assortment of photographs and institutional history. The Visiting Nurses Association Archives held at the Wood Museum also allows us to share their wonderful history of providing community care. We are also grateful for the kind assistance of Mercy Hospital and the Archives of the Sisters of Providence in documenting the history of their organization.