Lacy Lee, co-chair of Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital’s Centennial Celebration Committee, is preparaing for the hospital’s grand opening of its new centennial museum on Sunday on the second floor of Medical Tower 1.
ALBANY — Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital will hold a grand opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday to unveil its centennial museum.
The museum, located on the second floor of Medical Tower I, includes original artifacts and medical instruments that narrate Phoebe’s 100-year history. It also features bronze images of employees and patients from the first days of the hospital to present day.
“We are very proud of the mission of our hospital,” said Lacy Lee, co-chair of the Phoebe Centennial Celebration Committee. “It was a remarkable mandate at the time. After 100 years, the doors have never closed and the lights have never gone out.
“It is a visual way to take a space, pull artifacts together and tell the story of how the hospital began.”
The exhibits include an iron lung donated to the hospital in 1954, a 1920s wheelchair, an exam chair from the early 20th century, a list of Phoebe “firsts,” the hospital’s first registry book, a story of Phoebe’s founding and a timeline that goes up to the acquisition of Phoebe North late last year.
The hospital officially opened on July 31, 1911. In 1910, Judge Francis Flagg Putney donated $25,000 to the Ladies Hospital Aid Society of Albany to establish a hospital. The judge’s endowment came with three stipulations: that the hospital be named for his mother, Phebe Putney, that the hospital serve all citizens of the community, regardless of race or ability to pay, and that the hospital be a brick building in order to withstand fire.
Also opening is the Distinguished Leadership Gallery on the first floor of Medical Tower I just below the museum, which recognizes the generosity and support of the donors to the Phoebe Foundation.
Reserved parking for Sunday’s program will be available on the first and second floors of Phoebe’s Car Park at Second Avenue and Hines Street. Guests can enter the building by crossing the Centennial SkyBridge.
The Phoebe Centennial Celebration Committee, which organized the museum and gallery, is hosting the event. This project was completed in collaboration with Thronateeska Heritage Center.
“We hope this will generate interest to employees and the community that, in the next 100 years, we will continue to have (a way of telling) the story,” Lee said.
The museum will be open seven days a week for viewing. Thronateeska is also opening a similar exhibit, called “Medicine Throughout History,” at 10 a.m. Thursday at its history museum.
Both exhibits feature items that were donated after the public was asked to come forward with Phoebe memorabilia. The items not on display at the hospital’s museum will be at Thronateeska since that facility has a larger exhibit space, Lee said.