Western Dispensary for Women and Children

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The Western Dispensary for Women and Children, now defunct, was a Manhattan hospital that was incorporated in March 1869.[1][2] Unlike the government-funded Northwestern Dispensary,[3][4][5] this hospital had trouble meeting their financial obligations.[6]


A portion of a large sum left by “an eccentric old maid” was directed by her will to Western Dispensary for Women and Children[7] and several other institutions,[8][9] Some of her nieces and nephews contested the will. When Surrogate Court held hearings,[9], there was “a large attendance” of “the various charitable institutions which are beneficiaries.”[10]

See also

  • List of hospitals in Manhattan
  • Anna Lukens, an attending physician of the hospital
  • Samuel Baldwin Ward, a surgeon at the hospital


  1. ^ Alexandra Minna Stern (2002). Formative Years: Children’s Health in the United States, 1880-2000 (Conversations In Medicine And Society). ISBN 978-0-4720-2503-9. with Jacobi, one of the founders of the Western Dispensary for Women and Children in March 1869.mw-parser-output cite.citation{font-style:inherit}.mw-parser-output .citation q{quotes:”””””””‘””‘”}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-free a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-free a{background:linear-gradient(transparent,transparent),url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/65/Lock-green.svg”)right 0.1em center/9px no-repeat}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .id-lock-registration a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-registration a{background:linear-gradient(transparent,transparent),url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d6/Lock-gray-alt-2.svg”)right 0.1em center/9px no-repeat}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-subscription a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-subscription a{background:linear-gradient(transparent,transparent),url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/aa/Lock-red-alt-2.svg”)right 0.1em center/9px no-repeat}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration{color:#555}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}.mw-parser-output .cs1-ws-icon a{background:linear-gradient(transparent,transparent),url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4c/Wikisource-logo.svg”)right 0.1em center/12px no-repeat}.mw-parser-output code.cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:none;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-maint{display:none;color:#33aa33;margin-left:0.3em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right{padding-right:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .citation .mw-selflink{font-weight:inherit}
  2. ^ “Western Dispensary for Women and Children. (Incorporated April 19, 1869). No. 218 Ninth Avenue”. Museum of the City of New York (MCNY).
  3. ^ “City Government.; Board Of Aldermen. Relief For The Elm-Street Sufferers–Proposed Reward For The Detection Of The Murderer Of Tuers–Donations To Churches–A Sudden Adjournment. The Board Of Councilmen. Widening And Extending Streets–Condition Of The Sinking Fund–Security For Residents In Tenement Houses”. The New York Times. February 14, 1860. A petition from the managers of the Northwestern Dispensary for a donation of … was received and referred to the Committee on Finance.
  4. ^ “General City News: A Case of medical Negligence”. The New York Times. March 1, 1863.
  5. ^ “Board of Councilmen.; Tents to be allowed in the park; the $25 city bounty”. The New York Times. July 22, 1862. the sum of … to the Northwestern Dispensary
  6. ^ regarding an attending physician, Anna Lukens: at some portions of the time paid the rent for this dispensary out of her own pocket in order to keep up the work. “Anna Mary Reeder Lukens (1844-1939)”.
  7. ^ “BURR, Sarah – Will 1882”. The New York Times. March 15, 1882. …, Western Dispensary for women and Children, each $”
  8. ^ “The Burr Case: Why the Witnesses Thought the Rich Old Maid Irrational”. The New York Times. November 28, 1882.
  9. ^ a b “Miss Sarah Burr’s Will, Most Bequests made to Charitable Institutions”. The New York Times. March 15, 1882.
  10. ^ “Miss Sarah Burr’s Life”. The New York Times. November 29, 1882.

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