Schmidt Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

The Cottonwood County village of Westbrook is home to the smallest hospital in Minnesota: Dr. Henry Schmidt Memorial Hospital. Four months before it opened in January 1951, a women’s auxiliary officially organized and immediately began gathering supplies for the new facility.

Dr. Henry Schmidt Memorial Hospital

Members of the small southwestern Minnesota community of Westbrook worked together and raised money to open a hospital in 1951. Since then, the hospital has seen changes and challenges but continues to meet community health needs as the smallest hospital in the state.

Dr. J. V. Carlson

Dr. J. V. Carlson on the job, 1966.

Westbrook Health Center appreciation picnic

Westbrook Health Center appreciation picnic

Westbrook Health Center appreciation picnic, 2004. From the Westbrook Sentinel.

Groundbreaking ceremony for clinic and congregate care facility

Groundbreaking ceremony for clinic and congregate care facility

Groundbreaking ceremony for clinic and congregate care facility in Westbrook, 1999. From the Westbrook Sentinel.

Sanford Westbrook Medical Center

Sanford Westbrook Medical Center

Sanford Westbrook Medical Center (formerly Schmidt Memorial Hospital). Photograph by Dave Van Loh, 2007.

The original Schmidt Hospital building

The original Schmidt Memorial Hospital, 1951. From Westbrook Celebrates a Century, 1900–2000 (Westbrook Centennial Committee, 2000).

Black and white photograph of Dorothy Molter in a nurse’s uniform, ca. late 1920s.

Dorothy Molter in a nurse’s uniform

Dorothy Molter in a nurse’s uniform, ca. late 1920s.

Black and white photograph of Dr. Henry Schmidt fishing, ca. 1918.

Dr. Henry Schmidt fishing

Dr. Henry Schmidt fishing, ca. 1918.

Black and white photograph of Dr. Henry Schmidt, ca. 1918.

Dr. Henry Schmidt

Dr. Henry Schmidt, ca. 1918.

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