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1950s

Aid Association members with medical cart purchased for the hospital

The new building reenergizes the Glover Memorial Hospital Aid Association and as membership increases, the Aid Association provides the hospital with funds for new equipment, including a Porto lift with 700 lbs. capacity, medical carts for the surgical floors, and other critical equipment. Aid dues increase from 25 cents in 1915 to $1 in 1951.

Photos: 1950s Hospital Equipment »


The medical and administrative staff is augmented to meet the needs of a larger hospital, adding a pharmacist, dental staff, part-time medical librarian, and many physicians who become longtime Glover Memorial Hospital doctors. Despite its growth, the hospital still retains its community-oriented atmosphere.

Bea Wainwright arrives at the hospital for work

"At 15 or 16, I was able to get a job at Needham hospital, at Glover, in the lab. I did know the administrator and one day I decided to would ask him if he needed someone in the office because my mother worked at the State House in Boston and was very bright. So I asked him for a job for my mother and he said yes, please send her in. My mom loved working at Glover. She made a lot of friends there. To me it will always be Glover … and it will always be the place that mother was happy to go and to work."
- Nancy Wainwright, reflecting on her mother Bea Wainwright's career at Glover Memorial Hospital







Newspaper article about the newly revitalized Aid Association, 1950

Newspaper article about the newly revitalized Aid Association, 1950




An Aid Association outreach letter seeking new membership and help in the hospital sewing room, supply room, typing room and at the reception desk, 1952

Aid Association outreach letter seeking new membership and help in the hospital sewing room, supply room, typing room and at the reception desk, 1952






Needham Chronicle
article about new 'Porto-Lift' equipment donated by Aid Association, February 7, 1952

Needham Chronicle article about new 'Porto-Lift' equipment donated by Aid Association, February 7, 1952




A new medical cart

New medical cart






Nurse with Castle Light for surgery, 1955


Nurse with Castle Light for surgery, 1955




Nurse with surgical instruments, 1955

Nurse with surgical instruments, 1955







Hospital census report, 1958

Hospital census report, 1958

Contact Information

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham
148 Chestnut Street
Needham, MA 02492
781-453-3000