|Church and School|
It was clear to all that a hospital was needed so a hospital committee was formed. By the spring of 1884 the convent's new wing that was meant for the school was completely full with the sick and injured that Sister Monica was caring for so planning got underway to obtain land for the purpose of building a hospital. This was achieved through a donation to the Sisters by the Government of Ontario and on September 8, 1884 the cornerstone was laid for what was to become the new St. Joseph's Hospital. The property was right next door to the convent and the official opening of the 2 story brick building was in May of 1885 with Sister Monica leading the way.
In 1887 Sister Monica became Mother Monica and continued to manage and vastly expand the hospital until her retirement in 1923. In the early years, Mother Monica was known to embark on hazardous treks up and down the rail line to collect money at the camps to keep her beloved hospital going. She even devised an ''insurance plan'' of sorts where in return for a donation, she would provide a card to the donor guaranteeing them whatever health care they might require in the future. By 1900 more space was needed so a third story was added to the original building along with a new three story wing. In 1904 a School of Nursing and a Medical Society were established. Additional wings were added in 1905, 1918 and again in 1928 giving the hospital a reputation for being one of the finest in the country for it's time. In 1922 the hospital was rated as a Standardized Hospital in the A-One category, the only one with such a rating between Toronto and Winnipeg. It is said that Mother Monica was personally instrumental in obtaining financing for the growth and expansion she oversaw and that ''she relied on the charity that her own warmth and kindness inspired.''
|St. Joseph's Hospital in it's Progressive Stages of Development|
Mother Monica ~ Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V
Mother Monica ~ Bonus Postcard
Mother Monica ~ Tombstone Tuesday
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