BENNINGTON, VT—November 23, 2016—Paul Donovan, DO, emergency medicine and sports medicine physician at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) since 2011, has written the second volume of a history of North Adams Regional Hospital (NARH), which closed in 2014. Donovan had worked at NARH for 22 years.
“This next edition of the history is the continuation of a mission to honor a hospital that was at the center of life for employees, the town and the community. It acknowledges the place that the hospital had been,” Donovan said.
The second book covers 1910 – 1956, which was a dynamic time. The hospital thrived under the consistent leadership of well-respected business leaders Herbert W. Clark and his son Herbert B. Clark. Together they led the hospital through two World Wars and the Great Depression. They were also uncommonly generous, giving hundreds of thousands in contributions to support expansion and growth of staff and services. The era culminated with $1.7 million in donations from the community and the opening of a completely new hospital building in 1955.
The first volume of North Adams Regional Hospital: A Historical Perspective covers the hospital’s inception after a deadly train accident in 1882 to a major hospital reorganization in 1910. The third, expected next year, will cover the hospital’s remaining history.
Throughout the research and writing of both the first and second volumes, Donovan has collaborated with the volunteers at the North Adams Historical Society, publisher Paul Hopkins, and the reference librarians at North Adams Public Library. He relied on handwritten minutes of the hospital’s meetings and newspaper articles.
“I hope that the book will be interesting to former North Adams Regional Hospital employees and to amateur historians,” Donovan said.
Part II is available in soft cover for $10 at the North Adams Historical Society, The Emporium in North Adams, and Water Street Books in Williamstown. The author invites comments and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About Paul J. Donovan, DO:
Dr. Paul J. Donovan was a member of the medical staff of North Adams Regional Hospital from 1989 – 2014. He was director of Emergency Services 1991 – 1993 and from 2000 – 2011 and served as the president of the medical staff from 2008 – 2010. Donovan is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine. And maintains offices in North Adams, MA, and Bennington, VT. He serves on the medical staffs at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, MA, and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, VT, and is the team physician for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and as a teaching assistant at Williams College. He has authored numerous publications in the fields of emergency and sports medicine. He resides in Stamford, VT, with his wife and family.
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