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1960 - 1964

The baby boom hits Needham, and Glover Memorial Hospital expands obstetrical services to meet demand from Needham and surrounding towns.

Joan Caldarella, RN

"I loved maternity at the Glover. I remember a doctor who came in from Boston. He said he once thought that the Richardson House at the Boston Lying-in Hospital in Boston was the Ritz of maternity care but afterwards he decided it was Glover's maternity care that was the best."
- Joan Caldarella, RN, 2012

Director of Nursing Jean Lawson, RN, and the Glover Aid Association set up an in-hospital volunteer program. It includes men as well as women, Girl Scouts and candy stripers.



Nursery Supervisor Jean Boden, RN, in her famous rocking chair in which she soothed many Glover newborns to sleep

Nursery Supervisor Jean Boden, RN, in her famous rocking chair in which she soothed many Glover newborns to sleep



Robert Kelly, Jr., son of Glover obstetrics nurse Janet Kelly, RN, is born at Glover Memorial Hospital, August 7, 1959

Robert Kelly, Jr., son of Glover obstetrics nurse Janet Kelly, RN, is born at Glover Memorial Hospital, August 7, 1959



Glover Memorial Hospital's only set of triplets - Mary, Milissa and Paula. Betty "Nana" Noonan, RN, cares for the triplets and later attends their weddings.

Glover Memorial Hospital's only set of triplets - Mary, Milissa and Paula. Betty "Nana" Noonan, RN, cares for the triplets and later attends their weddings.




New Director of Nursing Jean Lawson, RN, and Hospital Administrator Donald Carmichael, November 7, 1963

New Director of Nursing Jean Lawson, RN, and Hospital Administrator Donald Carmichael, November 7, 1963


Candy stripers with Administrator Stephen Barrett, Mrs. Coggeshall and Mrs. Whalen of the Glover Aid Association, and Jean Lawson, RN, 1966

Candy Stripers with Administrator Stephen Barrett, Mrs. Coggeshall and Mrs. Whalen of the Glover Aid Association, and Jean Lawson, RN, 1966





Girl Scouts as hospital volunteers, 1965


Girl Scouts as hospital volunteers, 1965




Nurses with a pediatric patient

Nurses with a pediatric patient
Gerald Corcoran, MD, with one of the children he delivered at Glover Memorial Hospital

"I delivered the last two babies at the Glover - one in 1973 with the closing of the obstetrics department and I delivered the second last baby in the Emergency Room of the Glover in a snowstorm in 1975. I got a call that there was a mother on the way to the Emergency Room, so I go flying through the town in the middle of the night. The baby was delivered safely. People were so excited to have a baby and staff kept coming to take a peek at the new baby, so we had to post someone outside of the room to give them some privacy."
- Gerald Corcoran, MD, 2012; pictured, right, with one of the children he delivered at Glover Memorial Hospital



Glover Memorial Hospital Obstetrical Nurses Reunion in 1990. (L-R) Back row: Bessie Eaton, Marion McManus, Polly Davin, Greta Pederson, Beverly Parsons, Ellie Briggs. Middle row: Kay Gallagher, Dot Brehm, Dr. Isabelle Money, Betty Needham, Betty Noonan, Jean Boden, Agnes Bassett. Front: Mary LeBlanc, Janet Kelly, Joan Caldarella. Hospital physicians who worked in obstetrics included Isabelle Money, MD, Seymour Sachs, MD, John Barker, MD, and Gerald Corcoran, MD. Not pictured: beloved Rita "Beechie" Beech, RN, in charge of the nursery from 1932 to 1967.







Jean Boden, RN, with Janet Kelly, RN

Jean Boden, RN, with Janet Kelly, RN




A newspaper article about Glover Memorial Hospital's nursing director Jean Lawson, RN, 1963. In addition to the volunteer program, Lawson promoted new patient care techniques and continuing professional education for the nurses at the hospital.

Newspaper article about Glover Memorial Hospital's nursing director Jean Lawson, RN, 1963.




Candy stripers with floral deliveries at the information desk, 1968

Candy Stripers with floral deliveries at the information desk, 1968




Candy stripers helping at a hospital information fair

Candy Stripers helping at a hospital information fair






Glover Aid Association and volunteers' "Diversional Activity Cart" for patients


Glover Aid Association and volunteers' "Diversional Activity Cart" for patients

With the new volunteer program, many Needham men and women become actively involved in helping at the hospital. Volunteers are honored for donating over 2,000 hours in one year: Mary Sullivan, Helen Peschier, Hospital Administrator Stephen Barrett, Alice Svendsen, Thomas White, and William Marshall, 1983

Volunteers are honored for donating over 2,000 hours in one year: Mary Sullivan, Helen Peschier, Hospital Administrator Stephen Barrett, Alice Svendsen, Thomas White, and William Marshall, 1983


Director of Nursing Jean Lawson, RN and Administrator Stephen Barrett congratulate volunteer Harry Hebden, dean of the male volunteers, on 500 hours of volunteer service, Needham Chronicle, April 2, 1970

Contact Information

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