Members of the community came out in force on Tuesday to celebrate Queen Victoria Hospital’s 100-year history of making a difference in Revelstoke.
The hospital is, as speakers ranging from Mayor David Raven, former mayor and retired physician Geoff Battersby, IHA Chairman Norman Embree and MLA Norm Macdonald noted, a deeply rooted institution.
Building the hospital’s was a signal that Revelstoke saw itself as an important urban center in the Interior. For a while it was even one of BC’s major cities. That self-image has evaporated but the people of Revelstoke still take pride in the fact that they have a hospital and a thriving medical community.
“Buildings are just buildings,” Embree said. “It takes a lot of technicians and other staff to make it run and they have served you well over the years.”
Macdonald noted the special connection between local people and their hospital saying,”…it really belongs to the people of Revelstoke.”
That important link dates back more than a century to the very first hospital. It was a wooden building and was replaced in 1913 by a brick hospital that served the community until the present structure was built in Arrow Heights in 1970.
Revelstoke Museum Curator Cathy English gave an excellent talk and slide-show presentation about the hospital and and the many nurses and doctors who have tended the community over the years.
You can view a few images from the party as well as Cathy’s entire slide show: