Long Hall

Long Hospital opened in 1914 and quickly became an integral part of health care and clinical teaching in the Hoosier state, though it was closed to African-American patients and trainees. The Hospital closed and the building became Long Hall in 1970, with the opening of the new University Hospital.

Robert Long Hospital


1914 to 1970

Fitzgerald, Alice. quoted in Dorcas Rock, A History of the Indiana University Training School for Nurses (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University, 1956), 19, cited in Mary Owen, "Site 1: Robert Long Hospital (LO)," Women Building IUPUI: A Walking Trail, 2007, http://www.iupui.edu/~history/OLDSITE/trail/1.htm 

Owen, Mary. "Site 1: Robert Long Hospital (LO)." Women Building IUPUI: A Walking Trail. 2007. http://www.iupui.edu/~history/OLDSITE/trail/1.htm 

Robert W. and Clara J. Long to the Trustees of Indiana University, January 24, 1911, Folder 9, Box 75, Thomas R. Marshall Papers, Indiana Memory Digital Collections, 

Schneider, William H. “A History of the Indiana University School of Medicine.” Book manuscript in preparation.                                

For the Betterment of Medical Education

Patient getting an x-ray at Long Hospital, ca. 1922

When it opened in 1914, Long Hospital was equipped with the latest in medical technology, including X-Ray machines, surgical suites, laboratories, and experimental emergency floor lighting. The hospital soon became an integral part of health care and medical training in the Hoosier state, though local African-Americans were refused care, and black medical and nursing students were not allowed to train there. The hospital was plagued with problems from its inception, from long waiting lists and overcrowding to bed bugs.

The End of an Era

In 1970, patients and supplies were moved from Long Hospital to the newly built University Hospital

As early as the 1950s, Long Hospital was being considered for demolition due to its outdated setup and expensive upkeep, but it was not until 1970 that a new University Hospital would replace Long.

The Hospital Seemed So Lonely and Small

Long Hospital c. 1920

In 1910, a $200,000 gift from Indianapolis physician Robert W. Long allowed the new Indiana University School of Medicine to build a teaching hospital that would provide care to “worthy persons of limited means from all parts of Indiana.” [1] The chosen site was on a large, swampy tract - a former landfill - just southwest of City Hospital (now known as Eskenazi Health). Robert Long Hospital opened in 1914 and was the first building on what is today a crowded medical campus. Alice Fitzgerarld, the first director of the Indiana University Training School for Nurses remembered: "When I arrived in Indiana, the Hospital seemed so lonely and small." [2]

                                  

Citation:
[1] Robert W. and Clara J. Long to the Trustees of Indiana University, January 24, 1911, Folder 9, Box 75, Thomas R. Marshall Papers, Indiana Memory Digital Collections, In-Ar, {I don't understand this citation. Was this accessed in the archives or online?} cited in William H. Schneider, “A History of the Indiana University School of Medicine” (book manuscript in preparation), chapter three, 4. [2] Alice Fitzgerald, quoted in Dorcas Rock, A History of the Indiana University Training School for Nurses (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University, 1956), 19, cited in Mary Owen, "Site 1: Robert Long Hospital (LO)," Women Building IUPUI: A Walking Trail, 2007, http://www.iupui.edu/~history/OLDSITE/trail/1.htm

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