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A Unique Start to a Hospital in the Bay Area
Alameda Hospital began as Alameda Sanitorium, which was founded in 1894 by registered nurse Kate Creedon. Creedon converted a small house into a six-bed facility with a desperately needed operating room. Before its founding, hospitals in the Bay Area were few and far between, and there were no medical facilities of any kind in Alameda. Horse drawn carriages and bicycles brought Alameda physicians to patients’ homes, and transported patients to doctors’ offices. Surgeries were often performed on the kitchen table using chloroform as the most common anesthetic.
By 1901 the hospital
had expanded to a three-story building and established
a nursing school.
In 1925 a new building was built on its present site.
As progressive then as it is now, this 110-room facility
the first hospital in the West to be completely
wired for electricity.
Numerous expansions over the
years have resulted in today's comprehensive, state-of-the-art,