The Exposition Hospital
The Exposition Hospital, also known as the Emergency Hospital, was built upon the insistence of Dr. Roswell Park following his observation of the need for such a facility at other grand expositions. It was constructed in the Spanish Renaissance style, intended to be both useful and ornamental. Dr. Park served as the Director, Dr. Vertner Kenerson as Deputy Director, and Dr. Alexander Allen as Resident Physician.
Physically, the hospital building was two stories of two wings each. On the first level, there were two wards for men of 7 beds each and a large ward with 12 beds for women. The first level also housed a physician's office, nurse's office, patient dining room, kitchen, waiting room, operating room, sterilizing room, linen press, morgue and lavatory. The second level covered only a portion of the square footage outlined on the first level and offered housing for the resident physician and necessary attendants.
the course of the Exposition, some 5400 persons were treated. The building
was planned for short term and emergency services with serious cases intended
to be transferred on to Buffalo General Hospital where a more comprehensive
surgical facility was available. Ironically, physicians not directly affiliated
with the hospital elected to utilize the Emergency Hospital's surgical
facilities to address President McKinley's mortal wounds.
See Summary of Treatment at the Exposition Hospital for a report on cases treated during the Exposition.
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