Foundation of Care

By Kaitlyn Shorter, Education Coordinator, Historical Society of Frederick County | Photography by Photo Courtesy Historical Society of Frederick County | Posted on 03.14.16 – History, Look Back

This photo captures the construction of the Georgiana Simmons Nurses Home on the site of the Frederick City Hospital. The hospital opened its doors in 1902 and would later become Frederick Memorial Hospital.

Georgiana Simmons donated two lots to the hospital in 1904 that are thought to be the site of the building. Simmons was the sister of Emma Houck, who was on the board of directors for the hospital and the Houck family was known to give generously to the hospital. The Simmons Nurses Home was completed on July 31, 1913, and served as a training center for nurses and a home for them while studying.

The Daily News, a Frederick newspaper of that era, reported the graduation of three nurses from the training program in 1913. They were Emma B. Ohler of Emmitsburg, Grace I. Thomas of Frederick and Florence A. McDade of Burkittsville. After graduation, they were taken to the State Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Sabillasville for inspection, according to the newspaper.