Between finishing medical school and joining the Canadian Army Medical Corps, Hettie Steward worked at her hometown hospital, Royal Victoria. Even though the hospital plays a very small role in Angel of Mercy, its history gives us an interesting glimpse into medical care during the first part of the 20th century.
Some facts about Royal Victoria:
- It was founded in Barrie, Ontario, in 1891 on Duckworth St. It was located in a cottage and had four beds. At the time it was called Barrie General Hospital.
- The hospital’s name was changed to Royal Victoria in 1897 when a 13-bed building was built on High Street.
- The hospital spent $37.87 monthly on staff salaries. Patients were charged $1.14 daily for their care.
- In 1902, moved to Ross St. after a 35 room building is built at a cost of $20,000.
- The following year, the hospital purchased its first x-ray machine.
Here is what Royal Victoria looked like in Hettie’s time.
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