Printed on a sticker on the back of the frame: "Simpsons // ORDER NO // 18 / 65"."Miss Helen Hughes R.N. // DIRECTOR OF NURSING // Dear Miss Hughes - // We the members of the Nursing Staff, are // gathered here in your 'honour' to pay tribute to your many // active years of dedicated service. // From our inception, and throughout the // years at Riverdale Hospital you were always there, a // conscientious & efficient Director, who possed the // remarkable awareness of all your personnel & their // functions. // It is with mixed feelings of regret, we // take this opportunity to bid you farewell, & sincerely // wish you God speed, good health & a very happy // retirement. // I now take pleasure on behalf of the // staff to present to you this token of our appreciat - // ion and hope it will serve as a momento of our // past association. // Yours Sincerely // Members of teh Nursing Staff"
Storage Room 2005
Some fading of letter, frame in excellent condition
Helen Hughes graduated from the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing in 1931. She spent her entire career at the Riverdale Hospital, retiring from the position of Director of Nursing. Presented to Miss Hughes at her retirement.
The Isolation Hospital changed its name to The Riverdale Isolation Hospital in 1904, becoming Toronto’s treatment and teaching centre for all infectious and communicable diseases. By mid twentieth century, infectious disease declined, and while the hospital was still treating some infectious disease, largely polio, it had moved to care of those with chronic illness. To reflect this change it dropped the word “Isolation” from its name in 1957 and became known as The Riverdale Hospital.