Queen's Hospital, Portland, ca. 1925

Contributed by Northern Light Mercy Hospital


In the autumn of 1918, Portland experienced the greatest health crisis in its history as the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 claimed millions of lives worldwide. The city's limited hospital capacity was quickly overwhelmed by the ensuing health emergency.

The overwhelming demand for a new hospital led Bishop Walsh to establish one. Following in the footsteps of Mother McAuley, Miss Marion Weeks, the daughter of a distinguished surgeon in town, generously donated a portion of her property at the intersection of Congress and State Street (681 Congress) for the venture.

On December 12, 1918, The Queen's Hospital opened on the corner of State and Congress streets in Portland. Initially, the hospital had the capacity to care for 25 patients.

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  • Title: Queen's Hospital, Portland, ca. 1925
  • Creator: Mercy Hospital
  • Creation Date: circa 1925
  • Subject Date: circa 1925
  • Location: Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 10.2 cm x 12.7 cm
  • Collection: Mercy Hospital Historic Archive
  • Object Type: Image

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