Just when urban homes began to have less room for home care, public hospitals added private and semi-private rooms alongside traditional charity wards. Middle-class patients could now have professional nursing care and doctors could use the latest diagnostic technologies. In reporting the 1905 opening of the Payzant Memorial Hospital in Windsor, Nova Scotia, the newspaper emphasized support of local businesses and benefactors, as well as the hospital’s hygienic, up-to-date features.

Payzant Memorial Hospital

Press clipping from Hants Journal (May 5, 1976), reprint of Windsor Tribune Oct 27, 1905. Clipping and photograph by permission of West Hants Historical Society.