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2010 and Taylor Hospital: Linked to the Past; Connected to the Future 

In Brief

  • 2010 was a milestone year for Taylor Hospital. Connections were made with the hospital’s founding family and several areas were transformed as staff and administration celebrated 100 years.
  • The Griffith family played a critical role in the hospital’s success since its inception. Horace Griffith was a close personal friend of Horace Furness Taylor, M.D., and his grandson, Horace III, continues to contribute to the hospital’s success today.
  • As 2010 comes to a close, all involved with the year-long milestone celebration look forward to maintaining and growing Taylor’s position as a trusted community resource for quality healthcare.

2010 will be remembered fondly at Taylor Hospital as the milestone year comes to a close.

Over the course of the year, discoveries were made, connections with the hospital’s founding family were begun or strengthened, and several hospital areas were transformed. The most notable of these transformations include the Main Lobby, where a historical collection of family and hospital treasures are now on display alongside government proclamations — even a letter from President Obama; and the beautiful new Taylor Hospital 100th Anniversary Garden — which was previously a grassy patch of land next to the Jones Medical Building parking lot. Coming soon is a history board display depicting notable events in the hospital’s history over the last one hundred years.

One person who has played an ongoing, critical role in Taylor’s success is Horace (Hank) B. Griffith III. Griffith’s family has been linked to the hospital from its very beginning. His grandfather, Horace B. Griffith, was one of Dr. Taylor’s closest friends. “Back in 1927, when Dr. Taylor needed funding to expand his hospital, my grandfather — who was president of the Ridley Park National Bank — provided a $10,000 issuance to fund the expansion,” Griffith says. “They were business associates, but they were also very good friends.”

Horace Griffith was also the local undertaker, a business that he passed down to his descendants and that Hank Griffith III runs today. In addition, Hank serves as the Chairman of the Hospital’s Joint Policy Committee, and was instrumental in bringing Taylor into the Crozer-Keystone Health System in 1997. “It was a tremendous opportunity; one that helped the hospital keep its identity as a beloved community resource, while providing the backing of a highly regarded health system. CKHS and Taylor were a natural fit.”

Spend some time with Griffith and you will become engrossed in historical details of the friendship between his grandfather and Dr. Taylor. He recounts how his grandfather donated the first ambulance to the hospital — a 1919 Ford Model T. He talks about how concerned his grandfather was for his friend’s safety — he would often tell the doctor he should wear gloves when he operated. “He would refuse,” Griffith says, “because gloves at the time were bulky and took away his dexterity.” And finally, how a needle stick sustained during an operation turned into a life-threatening infection that ultimately took Dr. Taylor’s life. “My grandfather was devastated,” he says. “He held Dr. Taylor’s funeral right there at the hospital.”

Looking toward the future, Taylor’s administrators, medical staff and employees are greatly enthusiastic. “It has been an honor to be a part of this moment in Taylor’s history,” says Diane Miller, president of Taylor Hospital. “We have had fun, connected with our founders’ family, and learned a great deal about what medicine was like one hundred years ago — and how far we have come since. It was exciting to see so many people get involved, and I look forward to continuing Taylor’s proud tradition into the hospital’s next century.”

For more information about services available at Taylor, visit www.crozerkeystone.org, click on “Hospitals/Facilities,” then “Taylor."

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