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Free exhibit tells story of Watsonville hospital

Posted: Monday, Mar 4th, 2013

Dr. Beebe's Sanitarium on Blackburn Street lasted one year before it burned down in 1904. The photo is part of an extensive exhibit depiting the history of Watsonville hopitals back to 1895. (Photo courtesy Pajaro Valley Historical Association. Other photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — The history of hospital-based health care in Watsonville dates back to 1895, when the first hospital was opened on East Beach Street. Before that, country doctors visited patients from their homes or from pharmacies.

Medical care in South County has since evolved to an era in which doctors use magnetic resonance imaging to help their patients and where nurses can remotely monitor their charges.

That journey is detailed in a historical exhibit at the Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust, which will be open for a limited time this week.

“We were looking for ways to tell the story of where we are today, but also what pioneers did to establish health care in the Pajaro Valley,” said Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust CEO Kathleen King.

For the complete article see the 03-05-2013 issue.

Click here to purchase an electronic version of the 03-05-2013 paper.

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