Opening 28 March 2016
Dittrick Museum of Medical History
This temporary exhibit chronicles the Trial Mobilization using photographs and documents from the collections at the Dittick Medical History Center. The Lakeside Unit of Cleveland, organized by Dr. George W. Crile, was instrumental in preparing the nation’s medical community for the eventual US entry into World War I. In cooperation with the Red Cross Cleveland Chapter, Crile prepared a plan to make US civilian hospitals available for overseas military service, marking the beginning of what became known as the Hospital Unit Plan of Organization. A trial mobilization led by the Red Cross was held in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia on October 27, 1916 using Red Cross and Lakeside Unit personnel. This experimental mobilization revealed deficiencies in planning and led to the establishment of a committee to standardized medical equipment for base hospitals, greatly accelerating medical preparedness in the event of war.
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Jennifer K. Nieves is the Museum Registrar and Archivist for the Dittrick Medical History Center. She joined the Dittrick Museum as Registrar and Assistant Archivist in 1989 after graduating with a Master’s in Museum Studies and Archival Administration from Wright State University. In 1998 Jennifer was appointed Archivist for the Center, while retaining her responsibilities as Museum Registrar. Currently, Jennifer’s interest is in the history of the Lakeside Unit, a Cleveland based medical unit mobilized as the US entered World War I. She is working with a collection of diaries, photographs and glass lantern slides donated to the Dittrick Museum by family members of those who served with the Unit.