A Place of Healing: A History of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital weaves through eleven decades of Dover’s annual reports, newspaper stories, hospital publications, remembrances, and interviews. It begins with the opening ceremony on August 30, 1906, when hundreds had gathered on the hospital’s front lawn to hear Col. Daniel Hall praise Arioch Wentworth for his gift of $100,000 to the City of Dover to build a hospital named Wentworth. His 5,000-word tribute extolled the multiple virtues of this fine institution noting, “the sciences of medicine and surgery, and public charity, are all in the making and still in the gristle, and he who lives 50 years, as some of you will, will see this institution a much larger one than we launch or contemplate today.” While the history ends 110 years later, the amazing story of the Seacoast’s Leading Medical Center continues today.
Noreen A. Biehl received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/non-fiction writing from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Science degree in communications management from Simmons College, Boston, MA. She worked as a reporter for Foster’s Daily Democrat before beginning a 30-year career at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, retiring as Vice President of Community Relations in 2014. Noreen lives in Dover, NH, where she continues to write, travel, garden and enjoy her family.