Resolution J131-2013

Commemorating the 125th Anniversary of Rome Hospital



  • Jan 15, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 10, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating  the  125th  Anniversary  of Rome

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body  to  recognize  those
hospitals within the State of New York which provide outstanding medical
care  and vital services to meet the healthcare needs of their patients;
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commem-
orate 125th Anniversary of Rome Hospital, to be celebrated at  a  recep-
tion on Thursday, September 27, 2012; and
  WHEREAS,  Rome  Hospital's roots date back to 1883, when the Bureau of
Employment and Relief petitioned the City of Rome to establish a Cottage
Hospital to care for the sick and injured; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. Thomas M. Flandrau and his wife, Clarissa Foote Flandrau,
are credited as being the co-founders because of their efforts to arouse
public sentiment following a railroad accident; and
  WHEREAS, The victims of the railroad accident were cared  for  at  the
Flandraus'  private  residence  because  there was no other place; their
efforts were a success and on April 3, 1884,  the  Cottage  Hospital  on
Ridge Street admitted its first patient; and
  WHEREAS,  As  Rome's  population grew, it wasn't long before it became
apparent that the city needed more than the Cottage Hospital; and
  WHEREAS, On September 27, 1887, Dr. Flandrau laid the  cornerstone  of
Rome Hospital at 117 East Garden Street in Rome, New York; and
  WHEREAS,  With  further  growth of the community, it was necessary for
the hospital to expand a number of times; in 1905, an annex was added to
the Garden Street facility to provide space for  a  nursing  school  and
living quarters for the nurses; and
  WHEREAS,  Thirteen  years  later,  when  the hospital needed the annex
space for the care of patients, a new nurses' home was constructed adja-
cent to the existing facility; and
  WHEREAS, In 1920, James A. Murphy bequested funds which  provided  for
the  establishment  of Murphy Memorial Hospital, located on West Embargo
Street; the facility served patients with contagious diseases as well as
provided surgical services; and
  WHEREAS, Rome Hospital and Murphy Memorial Hospital eventually  merged
and the city built a new hospital on the current North James Street site
which  opened on April 10, 1940, with 119 adult beds and 2 for children;
  WHEREAS,  Since  its  establishment,  Rome's  community  hospital  has
evolved  to meet the health and wellness needs of Rome and the surround-
ing communities; and
  WHEREAS, What began as a small hospital - serving 19 patients in 1884,
its first year of operation - has evolved into the  busy  Rome  Memorial
Hospital it is today; and
  WHEREAS,  Currently,  Rome  Hospital  cares for about 6,000 patients a
year in its 129 acute care beds and is  home  to  80  residents  in  its
skilled nursing facility; and
  WHEREAS,  In  a  year's time, the community's residents make more than
100,000 visits to its outpatient facilities for diagnostic  testing  and
treatment; and
  WHEREAS,  With technology that rivals major medical centers and a team
of skilled professionals, Rome Memorial Hospital delivers  compassionate
medical care for every stage of life; and
  WHEREAS, Heralded nationally for its clinical excellence, Rome Memori-
al  Hospital  has been recognized for following evidence based practices

by such well known organizations as the American Heart  Association  and
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and
  WHEREAS,  Our  hospitals  serve the vital purpose of providing for the
healthcare needs of our citizens through excellence in the  delivery  of
medical services; and
  WHEREAS,  Rome  Hospital,  and  its  expert staff, have had a long and
sustained commitment to the health and welfare of the citizens of  Rome,
New  York, and therefore merit the highest commendation of this Legisla-
tive Body; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate the 125th Anniversary of Rome Hospital; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Rome Hospital.


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