Stouffville commemorates Historic Brierbush Hospital with plaque unveiling ceremony

Brierbush Hospital was recognized for its historic significance to the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville at a plaque unveiling event held by the Town’s Heritage Advisory Committee on November 4.

The unveiling took place on the north side of Main Street just east of Spring Street (located diagonally across from Success Plaza).

“The building was an important part of the development of the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville,” said Heritage Advisory Committee Chair Bob Curgenven. “For 43 years it was the only hospital in the area.”

Brierbush Hospital served the community of Stouffville from 1932 to 1975. What started as a four-bed maternity and nursing home evolved into busy and successful private nursing hospital that provided medical, minor surgery, emergency, and maternity services to the local community. In 1948, Brierbush recorded 142 births and 516 admissions.

In 1968, the property was sold and converted into a chronic care facility for seven years until it was sold again for development and demolished in 1977.

“It is of vital importance to not lose these links to the history of the community,” Curgenven said.

 

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