FLASHBACK: Wuesthoff 70 Years of Service

FLASHBACK

wuesthoff40s-wWHEN WUESTHOFF MEMORIAL HOSPITAL opened its doors in December 1941, it was housed in a six-room building with only 10 beds. The hospital staff consisted of three doctors, two nurses, an orderly, a cook and an administrator. The orderly was also the janitor and yard man. Ambulance service was provided by funeral homes.

IN DECEMBER 1960, Brownie Troop 284 met at the entrance of Wuesthoff Memorial Hospital to present Gil Slatton, hospital administrator, with a contribution to the Wuesthoff Memorial Hospital Expansion Fund. The members of Troop 284 were: (front row, left to right) Carol Deen Bilott, Linda Huff, Bonnie Matejeck, Sandy Lou Williams, Dorothy Tanner, Barbara Johnson (who presented the check to Mr. Slatton), Diane Zimmerman, Sally Howard, Renee Youngberg, Nancy Loring, Jane Cushing and Claudia Morewood; (second row, left to right) Mrs. W. A. Bilott, assistant troop leader, Mary Farris, Teresa Lee, Jolin Burkett, Becky Bennett, Molly Thomassen and Mrs. Joan Morewood, troop leader.

IN DECEMBER 1960, Brownie Troop 284 met at the entrance of Wuesthoff Memorial Hospital to present Gil Slatton, hospital administrator, with a contribution to the Wuesthoff Memorial Hospital Expansion Fund. The members of Troop 284 were: (front row, left to right) Carol Deen Bilott, Linda Huff, Bonnie Matejeck, Sandy Lou Williams, Dorothy Tanner, Barbara Johnson (who presented the check to Mr. Slatton), Diane Zimmerman, Sally Howard, Renee Youngberg, Nancy Loring, Jane Cushing and Claudia Morewood; (second row, left to right) Mrs. W. A. Bilott, assistant troop leader, Mary Farris, Teresa Lee, Jolin Burkett, Becky Bennett, Molly Thomassen and Mrs. Joan Morewood, troop leader.

The hospital was named after Eugene Wuesthoff, who spent his winters in the quiet Indian River community. He had the vision of a local hospital to serve the 3,000 residents of Cocoa and 700 residents of Rockledge.

In 1940, his heirs donated $12,500 for a hospital-building drive with the stipulation that it be matched with community contributions.

A successful fund raising campaign was organized by the Greater Cocoa Chamber of Commerce. The mayor of Rockledge at that time, Dr. Robert Schlernitzauer, convinced the Indian River Hotel to donate the hotel’s former golf course as the site for the hospital.

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