Fonds - United Church Health Services Society Medical Director fonds

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United Church Health Services Society Medical Director fonds

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  • 1921-2017 (Creation)
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    United Church of Canada Health Services Society Medical Director

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4.52 m of textual records and other material

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(1959-2011)

Biographical history

In 1959, Dr. George E. Darby became the first Hospital Coordinator for all of the United Church hospitals in Canada. Dr. Darby had just retired after forty-five years of service as the Medical Superintendent of the R.W. Large Memorial Hospital at Bella Bella. The Hospital Superintendent’s position was part time, reporting to the Board of Home Missions at the General Council office in Toronto. Dr. Darby died suddenly in 1962, and was succeeded by Dr. W. Donald Watt, who had previously been the Superintendent of Bella Coola General Hospital. Watt’s title was changed to “Superintendent of Hospitals and Medical Missionary Work,” and the position became full time. In 1972, the Board of Home Missions was incorporated into the new Division of Mission in Canada, to whom the Superintendent now reported.

In 1987, Dr. Watt retired and was succeeded by Dr. Peter J. Newbery. When Dr. Newbery took over the position, the title was changed to “Director of United Church Health Services.” In the late 1990s, oversight for the remaining United Church hospitals in British Columbia was moved to BC Conference, and the Director reported to the BC Conference Executive Secretary. Dr. Newbery remained as the Director until he was succeeded by Dr. Ray McIlwain in 2001. Dr. McIlwain had joined the R.W. Large Memorial Hospital in 1974, acting as its Administrator from 1979 to 1981 before becoming the Administrator at Bella Coola General Hospital. Dr. McIlwain stepped down as Director at the end of 2004. Dr. Newbery took up the role of Acting Director until November 2007 when Dr. David Arnold took over as Director. In 2008, the United Church Health Services incorporated into the United Church Health Services Society (UCHSS); the title of the position changed to “Medical Director” and reported to the UCHSS Board. In October 2011, Dr. Arnold stepped down as Medical Director. Thereafter the position was not filled; rather, each hospital in B.C. had its own medical director reporting to the UCHSS. In 2016, the Wrinch Memorial Hospital, the last of the United Church hospitals in B.C. was turned over to Vancouver Coastal Health.

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Fonds consists of four sous-fonds: Records of Dr. George E. Darby; Records of Dr. W. Donald Watt; Records of Dr. Peter Newbery; and Records of post-2001 directors. The Records of Dr. George E. Darby sous-fonds includes: Correspondence (1953-1962) and Constitutions (1961). The Records of Dr. W. Donald Watt sous-fonds includes: Burns Lake and District Hospital records (1960-1975); Queen Charlotte Islands General Hospital records (1952-1979); Archer Memorial Hospital records (1978-1990); Bella Coola General Hospital records (1959-1987); Baie Verte Hospital records (1974-1990); Port Simpson Hospital records (1975-1986); R.W. Large Memorial Hospital records (1927-1999); Wrinch Memorial Hospital records (1921-1990); Hazelton Children’s Home records (1966-1985); General administrative records (1946-1989); and Printed material (1973-2005). The Records of Dr. Peter Newbery sous-fonds includes: General administrative records (1979-1996); Personnel files (1975-1999); General correspondence (1989-1995); Archer Memorial Hospital records (1990-1995); R.W. Large Memorial Hospital records (1987-1995); Bella Coola General Hospital records (1990-1995); Baie Verte Hospital records (1988-1994); Hazelton Hospital records (1979-1995); Port Simpson Hospital records (1990-1995); and Stewart Hospital records (1993-1995). The Records of post-2001 directors sous-fonds includes: UCHSS Board meeting minutes (2007-2010); UCHS Annual General Meeting reports (1999-2009); Development of UCHS Society (1994-2010); Financial statements (2001-2013); Funding agreements and contracts (1991-2010); Employment and housing contracts (2006-2011); History of United Church mission hospitals (1922-2016); and Transfer of UC hospitals to regional health authorities (2014-2017).

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Good

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Initial transfers were received prior to 1997 but were not documented. Subsequent transfers were received directly from United Church Health Services Society in 2017.

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Some records of George Darby interfiled with those of W. Donald Watt

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  • English

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File list available Online finding aid

Associated materials

United Church of Canada, Hospital Commission fonds, City of Vancouver Archives
Records of the Queen Charlotte Islands General Hospital, no longer run by the United Church, are also held at Queen Charlotte Islands Museum.

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No further accruals expected

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BCAUL control number: UCCBC-93

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ChUn 12

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Final

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Full

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised August 22, 2014
Revised March 15, 2017
Revised June 27, 2018

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  • English

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