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Jim Kershner’s This Day in History

Thu., March 25, 2010, midnight

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From our archives, 100 years ago

The new 240-room Sacred Heart Hospital, perched high above the city at Eighth Avenue and Browne Street, admitted its first patient: Hazel Beaton, a 20-year-old woman with an unspecified malady.

“Later in the afternoon, about 75 other patients were taken to the new hospital, accompanied by many friends and relatives who watched the procession of ambulances, autos, cabs and carriages wend their way to the crest of the hill, where the largest institution of its kind west of Chicago was formally opened to patients,” said The Spokesman-Review.

This $800,000 building was considered a proud step in the city’s medical progress. The patients were moved from the original rickety Sacred Heart building on the river bank near today’s Spokane Convention Center. About 40 “white angels” (student nurses) were being hired for the new hospital.

Today, the modern 664-bed Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center occupies the same site.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

2005: Losing still more legal appeals, Terri Schiavo’s father, Bob Schindler, said his severely brain-damaged daughter was “down to her last hours” as she entered her second week without the feeding tube that had sustained her life for 15 years.



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