Chipman Hill Memorial Hospital

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Chipman Hill Memorial Hospital

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1902-1950

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The second wife of Sir Leonard Tilley was Alice Starr Chipman, daughter of Zachariah Chipman, a prominent shipowner and merchant of St Stephen, NB. When her father died, she wrote to her brother and two sisters, who were co-heirs in his property, and out-lined her plan to use the old homestead as a hospital, and they agreed.
At the time, there were not sufficient facilities in Charlotte County to care for the sick. Those who were ill had to go away for hospital treatment in Saint John. Lady Tilley believed that adequate medical care ought to be obtained closer at hand, and what more fitting memorial to her parents’ memory than a hospital in the home where they had lived long, useful lives. So ‘Cedars’ became known as the Chipman Memorial Hospital. However, there was much to be done before the hospital could be properly outfitted and rendered self-supporting. In 1902, after Lady Tilley solicited support from other members of the community, the hospital was equipped with twenty beds and was ready to take in patients. Annual grants from the county and the endowment of beds from various sources helped with the upkeep and maintenance. As the number of patients increased new wings were added to the building. The first one was erected in memory of one of Lady Tilly’s sisters by the latter's husband, Mr Owen Jones. Another wing was built but soon cots where placed in corridors. Eventually Charlotte County Hospital was built to replace the Chipman Memorial Hospital.

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St. Stephen, Charlotte County, New Brunswick

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