The Linda Richards Society
inda Richards, America’s first nurse, was born in West Potsdam in 1841. She was one of five students enrolled in the first nursetraining program at New England Hospital for Women and Children. They worked 16 hours a day, and slept in the wards along with their patients. Pay was $1 per week, with 3 hours time off every 14 days. Linda was the only student to complete the program, and in 1873 she received the first nursing diploma issued in the United States. Miss Richards went on to devote her life to serving others, as a nurse and nursing teacher. In her honor, our Foundation created the Linda Richards Society, which recognizes those who help others through their annual gifts to our Hospital.
The Foster and French Society
equests from Henry Foster and Gilbert French created our Hospital in 1920, and today bequests continue to help us move forward.
Bequests are added to our Hospital’s long-term investments, where they help secure the future of our Hospital and the health of our community. Your bequest or planned gift is the “last, best way” to demonstrate your values. Please consider including the Hospital Foundation in your estate plans. We welcome you to contact our office for more information.