Yes, There Was A Real Mary Hitchcock

You might still call it “Mary Hitchcock” rather than “Dartmouth-Hitchcock” or “DHMC.” Many of us well remember the former Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital near the Occom Pond area of Hanover NH, those multi-colored lines running across the floors to direct you to the right place. Now it’s mostly a parking lot. 

DHMC is celebrating its 125th anniversary of service to the Upper Valley community. Throughout the Medical Center you’ll see photos of Mary Maynard Hitchcock, wife of the hospital’s founder, Hiram, who honored his wife’s memory by naming the hospital after her. MHMH lives on as part of the expanded DHMC, now at its newer location in neighboring Lebanon NH. 

Thidwick the Moose by artist Rita Dee, at his station on Level 3

I am always happy to see the aged stately fireplace (featured photo, top)  from the original MHMH that inhabits one of DHMC’S visitors’ entrances, a relic of the old that survived the relocation, where it continues to shine its history. The easiest way to find it—I took the trip just this morning to get the photo—is to take the elevator on the other side of the stairs behind the moose, step out on Level 1, and voila! 

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For a brief history of DHMC, including the original Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, as well as some current facts and figures, click here.


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