Almost 86 years ago to the day, on June 8, 1928, the founders of Syracuse Memorial Hospital sealed items in a time capsule that was placed inside a cornerstone during the dedication of the newly constructed hospital on University Hill. That cornerstone was removed March 13, 2008 during construction of the Witting Surgical Center.
Its contents were revealed and have been on display since then in the hospital. Today we re-dedicated and re-sealed the time capsule during a ceremony in the historic backdrop of the Memorial lobby. Crouse Board of Directors President Pat Mannion opened the program, noting that for the first time in 45 years Crouse has returned to its roots of leadership by women in the top position with the appointment of Kimberly Boynton as Chief Executive Officer at the end of last year.
"As Crouse continues to look toward the future of serving our region, we must continually acknowledge our past and preserve it for the education and enlightenment of those who will come after us," said Boynton from the podium. "Years from now, when this time capsule is opened, we hope the items placed inside today successfully communicate the passion we had for our mission, the investment we made in our vision, and the commitment we made to our values."
Included in the 2014 capsule are a list of all the Presidents of Syracuse Memorial Hospital and Crouse-Irving Hospitals since our founding 127 years ago, as well as a copy of YourCare, the hospital's community publication, and the June 12, 2014 edition of The Post-Standard.
Crouse Archivist Kristine Delaney (below) said that in addition to these current items, artifacts from the 1928 time capsule were added to today's capsule, including newspapers from 1895 and a Maltese Cross donated by Board Member Mrs. Gansevoort M. Kenyon, her badge as a member of Harmony Circle (the precursor to today’s Auxiliary, founded in 1888).
The History of Crouse Hospital