Hospital History On Display
Many of you may be familiar with how UVA Culpeper Hospital came about. We talk often of the women who saw a need and raised the money to build a facility where expectant mothers could safely deliver their babies close to home. But outside of these walls, our past is less well known.
When a group of our employees and volunteers contemplated what to do with the many historic relics found on our campus, they decided it was time to properly preserve keepsakes from our past and share our history with others in our community. The employees formed a committee to determine how best to do just that.
On the committee were Becky Wolfrey, RN, and Marlene Ware, LPN, two of the first hospital employees, as well as volunteers Mary Jane Glass and Margaret Williams, and Mary Kay Campbell and Amy Morawitz from marketing, “Incredibly, Mary Jane was part of the original group of women who did the fundraising for our hospital,” says Campbell. “In fact, she was the one who suggested the fundraising effort should be for a new hospital. She was at a meeting and they were looking for fundraising ideas when she said, ‘I’ve never lived somewhere where we didn’t have a hospital.’ And that’s how it started.”
The committee reached out to the Museum of Culpeper History and they agreed to do a display showcasing UVA Culpeper Hospital’s beginnings. Open since February 6, the new display will be open for one year. It includes nursing pins and caps, the original key to the hospital, bottles from the OR and a metal bedpan. Also on display are a wooden scrapbook and original programs from the Pink Lady Follies, a skit night held for many years to raise money for the original Culpeper Memorial Hospital.
For children, a custom wooden ambulance with lights and reflectors will be on permanent display at the museum. Children can “drive” and play medic with the make-believe first aid kit. You can check out our display and all others for free if you are a Culpeper town or county resident; all children may also free. For more information and to plan your visit, go to culpepermuseum.com.
Here at home, we’re also paying tribute to our past with some special projects coming up just in time for our 56-year anniversary in March. We’ll have our own history display located in the hall between the ED and the patient units. It will include a timeline of important events and audio recordings of Gloria Driscoll, RN, the original OB night nursing supervisor; Virginia Quaintance, RN, one of the first fundraisers; and Barry Jolliffe, a cancer survivor and recording artist.
Stay tuned to Engage for more information about our anniversary celebration, where we’ll unveil the new history display, rebury our time capsule and more!