Finally back in London this weekend! It’ll be a super quick visit but that’s better than nothing!
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#TBT to a frosty afternoon in January 1896, when eight Lansing women met at the Downey Hotel to kick back and play cards. When conversation strayed to Lansing's lack of a hospital, the group—in true go-getter Lansing spirit—decided to make something happen.
Three months later, on March 18, 1896, the Women's Hospital Association was formed by a band of 114 women, and eleven of them were elected to the Board of Control.
Two months and $400 later, the Association hired a doc and nurse, rented a house at 310 Ottawa Street, and officially opened Lansing City Hospital, 11 beds strong.
Edward Sparrow, a local philanthropist, stepped the game up by donating a (then) whopping $100k and land for a new hospital at 1215 E. Michigan Avenue—this would become @sparrow_health_system. Pictured is the completed version from 1939. Swipe to see the hospital under construction in 1912.
On this Thursday, we tip our hats to those eight visionary women, as well as the 114-woman collective, who identified a problem and did what needed to be done to fix it. Now that's our kind of people. Check out the link in our bio to see our vision for Lansing or to let us know what you'd like to see in our city's growth.
I’m actually wearing this dress again today with a different jumper because apparently it’s seven degrees outside and I gotta be cosy ⛄️ // I’m super excited for a weekend in London in the SUNSHINE because boy have I missed not needing an umbrella 🥰 #CreativeGalGang