Colorado's Healthcare Heritage

Updates to Volume One — 1899

1899 — Rocky Mountain Interstate Medical Association

The first annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Interstate Medical Association was held in August 1899 in Salt Lake City. The following officers were elected for 1899-1900:

  • President — Charles K. Cole, MD, of Helena, Montana
  • 1st Vice President — Leonard Freeman, MD, of Denver
  • 2nd Vice President — R. Harvey Reed, MD, of Rock Springs, Wyoming
  • Treasurer — Charles G. Plummer, MD, of Salt Lake City
  • Recording Secretary — Donald Campbell, MD, of Butte, Montana
  • Corresponding Secretary — Samuel D. Hopkins, MD, of Denver

1899 — The Mother's and Children's Home, Denver

The Mother's and Children's Home (1899-1902) — also known as (a) the Colorado Maternity Hospital, (b) the Maternity and Children's Home, and (c) the Colorado Maternity and Children's Hospital — opened north of downtown Denver at 32nd and Curtis — the current home of the nonprofit Women's Bean Project — with two wards as well as private rooms.
It is under the care of a competent board of managers composed of a number of Denver's philanthropic women. The home occupies a six-lot corner facing Curtis Park. The Lawrence Street cars pass the house. The house is pleasant and airy, and is surrounded by a large, well-shaded lawn. The plumbing is new thoughout. Trained nurses are in attendance; good food is furnished and the beds are as comfortable as woven wire springs and sanitary mattresses can make them.

Two wards have been established. One is under the direction of Dr. E[mil] G. Freyermuth and Dr. Frona Abbott, and one is under Dr. F[rank] W. Kenney and Dr. Elsie Reed Mitchell. The charge for the wards is $6 per week, and includes board, nursing and laundry work during illness. There are private rooms for ladies who desire their own physician and special care. (CMJ July 1899, pg. 339)
The Mother's and Children's Home was under the medical direction of Denver Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital. Emil G. Freyermuth, MD, was professor of obstetrics at the Denver Homeopathic Medical College and a staff gynecologist at Arapahoe County Hospital. Dr. Elsie Reed Mitchell received her MD in 1897 from the University of Colorado.

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