Hopital Youville, Noranda Quebec
Like most historic hospitals, Hopital Youville has modernized and expanded down through the years. The hospital was first founded in 1929 by the Soeurs Grises de-la-Croix (Nicole Pepin, 1987). This postcard shows a more modern (1940s?) incarnation of Noranda Hospital. Richard Ouellet states that this building (and its massive central staircase) were then encased in another building when the hospital was further expanded. Here’s a short description from the 1950s –
“Noranda City–Where the city of Noranda now stands, overshadowed by the huge smelters and buildings of the mine, there was once only a wilderness–there were no roads, and no railways, only the streams and the portages for the general run of men. Today it is a modern city with wide streets and
comfortable homes. It has many excellent stores, banks and office buildings. and the fifty-room Noranda Hotel. It has the new Youville Hospital with 250 beds, several schools and a high school, a recreation centre with a large rink, and a modern theatre.”
If you have a connection to – or memories of – this Hopital Youville
then I would love to hear from you in the comment boxes below.
New information from Alain Bernier – thanks 🙂
Your photo of Youville Hospital was taken somewhere between 1930 and 1945. It shows the original building erected in 1930 to replace the “Hôpital des Saints-Anges”. In 1945, work started on the enlargement of the hospital to take it from 85 to 250 beds. The construction was completed in 1948, giving the hospital a Y shape with the original building, seen on your photo, forming the North wing of the new building. The main entrance was moved from the North wing to the Central wing, located at the center of the “Y” shape building. The South wing being symetrical with the North wing, it is difficult to tell the oldest part of the hospital (seen on your photo) from the newer parts comprised of the elegant central wing with it’s grand entry and curved facade, the South wing and the Rear (West) wing.
This archive photo from the National Library of Quebec (http://collections.banq.qc.ca/bitstream/52327/1955312/1/3740039_1.jpg) shows the completed Youville Hospital. The original building seen on your photo is clearly visible (the darker portion on the right side of the archive photo). The South, Central and Rear (West) wings are also clearly visible.
This document, in French, gives further details on the hospital: http://www.ville.rouyn-noranda.qc.ca/fr/fiche_quartier/rouyn-noranda/ (click on “Cliquer ici pour la version complète de l’historique de Rouyn-Noranda”.
I spent a week in this hospital in 1970. It didn’t have all the modern facilities now found in hospitals. Rooms did not have private toilets. There was a large restroom at the end of the corridor. I was a kid and I remember being woken up in the middle of the night by a nurse coming to give me an enema to prepare me for tests later in the morning. I had no idea of what would happen but I soon found out and spent the next hour running back and forth from my room to the restroom down the corridor, each time passing in front of the nurses’ station where the nurses were very amused by my urgent galoping! Each time I went, I thought it was the last one, only to find out, once back to my room, that I had to run down to the restroom again!
New from Don Murray – thank you!
I was born in Youville Hospital on Sept. 26 1949. My parents were Marge and Ken Murray, a miner who once worked with Dave Keon Sr. I believe we lived at 295 Second Street and I remember my dad throwing a bucket of water out the door at 50 below and it froze into smoke. I was about 3 when we moved to Ontario (another mine) so I don’t remember much about the town. I went back with a friend a few years ago and was embarrassed at my poor Ontario-taught French. I had always thought it was a rough, tough, rugged, grimy mining town and I was really pleased to see how pretty it is. I would like to come back again some day.
Notes from John Lake – thanks!
I was born in this hospital May 1st 1946 9lbs 2 ozs.to Frank Lake and Cora Lake.The MD was Dr Pauli. Had my appendex removed in 1955 by Dr Lindsey and my tonsils removed in 1952 by Dr Lindsey. The hospital smelled of ether in 52 and 55 and I remember the lights were very dull in the hall ways.
My Dad was an accountant at Wabi Iron Works on Murdock Ave. Hard to believe 66 years have gone by so quickly. I now live in Okotoks Alberta. I was a baby boomer.