Fonds KGH 5999-1009 - Dr. Roland Ketchum Kilborn fonds

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Dr. Roland Ketchum Kilborn fonds

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    CA ON00153 KGH 5999-1009

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    • 1884-1919 (Creation)

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    0.13 m of textual records The oversized scrapbook is brittle.

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    Roland Ketchum Kilborn, 1855-1916, was Medical Superintendent at Kingston General Hospital from 1891 until 1896. Born on June 9, 1855 in Kitley Township, Leeds County Ontario. A graduate of Queen’s Medical School, Dr. Kilborn began his medical career as a private practitioner in Toledo, Ontario in 1879. In the spring of 1891, Kilborn responded to an advertisement in the local paper placed by Kingston General Hospital for a medical superintendent. Kilborn began work for KGH in July, 1891. As Superintendent of the Hospital, Kilborn’s duties were to oversee a hospital with about 100 beds, a medical staff of four attending physicians, one specialist and a House Surgeon, and a nurse’s training school with 14 students. Kilborn arrived in time for the opening of the Nickle Building and oversaw the construction and opening of the Doran Building for women in 1893 and the Fenwick operating amphitheatre in 1895. As Kingston General Hospital’s Board of Governors struggled to manage meager resources, the Superintendent’s salary was lowered. Kilborn resigned as Superintendent in 1896 to begin a private practice in Kingston. He resumed his association with KGH in 1902 as a member of the Hospital’s medical staff. In 1905, after the death of Dr. John Herald, Kilborn became the next Chairman of the Medical Staff at KGH, a position he held until his death in 1916.

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    Kingston General Hospital has been designated by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board to be of national historic significance as one of the longest continuously operating hospitals in Canada. The collection documents the transition of the hospital from a charitable institution to an active treatment hospital to a tertiary care institution in the Southeastern Ontario Health Sciences Centre. Kingston General Hospital is also historically significant for it's role as a temporary Parliament Building for the capital of the United Provinces of Upper and Lower Canada from 1841-1843.

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    Fonds provides the record of Dr. Kilborn while Medical Superintendent at Kingston General Hospital, 1891-1896, and while a private medical practitioner from 1879-1891 in Toledo, Ontario. The fonds consists of two of Dr. Kilborn’s daybooks which document Kilborn’s activities as a village doctor. Also included in the fonds is a scrapbook containing letters to Dr. Kilborn as well as newspaper clippings on various health related issues pertaining to KGH and other area hospitals. Fonds is comprised of the following series: 1: Medical records, 1884-1892, 1886-1899, 1913-1919

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        Open to researchers subject to the requirements of the Hospital’s Administrative Health Research Policy and Ontario’s Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA).

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        Copyright provisions and access conditions may apply. Please contact a Hospital Archivist.

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