MORRISTOWN, NJ - The 125th Anniversary Steering Committee of Morristown Medical Center dedicated a historical plaque and grave marker at Evergreen Cemetery for Myra Brookfield, a Morristown resident who bequeathed her property on DeHart Street for the purposes of starting a hospital in town in the late 1800s.
Before 1892, when what was then-called Morristown Memorial Hospital was incorporated, residents who needed an advanced level of care had to travel to New York City or the Oranges for treatment, and Myra wanted to establish a hospital closer to home. As a stipulation of her home donation, Myra directed that her fellow residents raise an additional $15,000 for equipment and furnishings within three years – a deadline they met with a town-wide fundraiser.
Brookfield’s property was sold and used as a down payment to establish the first hospital at 66 Morris Street.
Morristown Memorial Hospital was officially incorporated on November 19, 1892.
“As part of the 125th anniversary of Morristown Medical Center, we are recognizing the community, people, and places that helped make the hospital what it is today--one of the best hospitals in the nation,” said Elaine Andrecovich, co-chair of the committee.