MEDICAL MEMORIES OF DENISON, TEXAS
These memories were posted on Facebook between 2010 and 2013 and later edited by Dr. Mavis Anne Bryant.
BORN AT MADONNA HOSPITAL
Helton Lockaby : Tow of my three children were born at Madonna in the
early 1960s, back when "having a baby" meant going to bed for two
weeks, and your Mama came to stay to take care of you and the baby.
Nowadays, you barely get to stay all day in the hospital/birthing
Cameron: I was born at Madonna Hospital. So
were my sisters and brother and most of my relatives.
Barbara Biley Parker : I was born there on the same day at Donna Dossey Evans.
Bearden Ballou : Our first daughter was born at Madonna.
Thanks for the picture. I sent it to her in Shreveport, LA.
Janice Davenport Umphrey : My oldest son, Roland, was born at Madonna.
Linda Bell : I was born at Madonna in 1943 and my son was born at Madonna.
OTHER REASONS FOR HOSPITALIZATION AT MADONNA
Bauder : All my children were born in Madonna Hospital. Dr. Doak
Blassingame was my doctor from the time he started practice till I left
Denison in 1958. Dr. Doak took my appendix out in 1946 at
Madonna. And when I was in the navy, I spent two days in the Katy
Hospital when I became sick while on leave.
Jim Sears: I spent a
night there in October of 1961 with a fractured wrist suffered during
5th grade afternoon recess. A visitor brought me a Trixie Belden
mystery purchased at J.J. Newberry's for a dollar. Prior to that
I had read mostly biographies from the Denison Public Library's
Bobbs-Merrill series for young readers. (Who can forget "Abe
Lincoln : Frontier Boy" by Augusta Stevenson?) For the next
couple of years I turned my attention from famous Americans to the
fictitious Trixie, Nancy Drew, and Frank & Joe Hardy. Madonna
Hospital, for good or for ill, reshaped both my wrist and my reading
habits. It was a great place to read, too. Remember the
street signs that cautioned you to be quiet because you were in a
Darlene Lewis: I had all four wisdom teeth cut out there in 1975.
Suzye Marino: I wasn't born there bur did get my tonsil removed there and took them home in a jar.
Bonnell : I was born in Long-Sneed Hospital, 1943; and had my tonsils
out at Madonna and I, too, had them sent home with me in a jar.
Don't know when Mama slipped them out of the house and into the
David Gill: I spent a week here recovering from Mono.
My mother couldn't keep me quiet, so they stuck me in there and
doped me up. Didn't even notify the paper I was there!
Anne Bryant : My only experience of a hospital for many years was
visiting people at Madonna. I thought it was such a quiet and
serene environment that it helped people heal. I was shocked when
I finally had to be in a hospital for a day or two, in another city, to
find RVs blaring and nurses talking and waking you up every hour to ask
something or make you do something or take something, people coming to
MADONNA HOSPITAL STAFF
Janelle Lashley Dennis
: I remember Madonna Hospital very well. I was born there and so
was my first-born! I remember the nuns and also nurse Green!
She assisted Dr. Jenson in delivering my baby girl.
Edwards Ruble : I had three children at Madonna Hospital. When
Dr. Brown was the handsome young doctor above Bear Drug Store.
Rebecca Ann McCarn : I used to work t here with Mrs. Green.
Cameron : My mother, Helen Cameron, and my grandmother were nurses
there. It was run by nuns then. My mother walked to work
every day with my grandmother. We lived on Morgan Street.
They loved working there.
Paula Ownby Clearfield : There
were other nurses, other than nuns. My mother and aunt were both
nurses there. When my mother was sick, the nuns were so good to
her. I can remember her funeral with about three rows filled with
just nuns in their habits. My grandmother lived only four houses
west of the hospital.
Suzye Marino : My Mom was a nurse's aide there for many years.
Snider : "Central Service Room" - that's where my grandmother Beatrice
Kimberling worked for years. It was neat to visit here there; she
put together the kits for new patients, sterilized surgical
instruments, etc. She wore a white uniform. I have a photo
of her outside the hospital wearing her uniform.
Jean Holden :
My brother-in-law and his wife worked at MKT Hospital and Madonna
respectively in the 1960s. I will try to notify them of your
Debra Armstrong : I look at that building every day
while waiting for my child to get out of school. I decided to
walk up to it and peek inside. It appears that someone has been
sleeping inside, and its windows are getting broken, probably by kids.
The grounds are being kept up though. I wish someone could
take it over and save that building. It has great history, as did
the McDaniel building.