A Century of Caring for the Community
1895-1923 | A Bold Idea to Improve Community Health is Born
Nurse Norma Munsey of Salem Massachusetts, age 28, arrives in Doylestown and begins work for the VIA. She became well-known as she traveled by bicycle to house calls.
Nurse Munsey and temporary assistants make 741 house calls in one month in response to the Spanish Flu pandemic. The VIA Visiting Nurse Program makes a huge difference in the pandemic mortality rate. Doylestown deaths from the Spanish Flu are only 1/3 of those in nearby Perkasie.
1923–1939 | Doylestown Emergency Hospital:
An Auspicious Beginning
October 9 – Dedication service for the new Doylestown Emergency hospital takes place and is equipped with 8 beds and staffed with two nurses.