U.B.A. Hospital, Grand Rapids, Michigan

This colorized image shows a palatial building used as a public hospital in Grand Rapids at the beginning of the 20th century.

There is no description on the back of this card. The U.B.A. is the Union Benevolent Association, previously the Ladies’ Union Benevolent Association, and this organization built the hospital in 1886. Visible on the porch is at least one nurse and likely some additional staff. By this time the building was also used as a nursing school.

In 1915 this building was replaced with a more purpose-built structure named Blodgett Memorial Hospital, on a nearby location in the city. It was in this new Blodgett Hospital Maternity Ward that my mother was born in 1932.

This postcard was used and is dated 2 January 1907.

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