Wenzhou Central Hospital Looks for Descendants of Founders

By Ruth Wang, August 12, 2017 05:08 AM

William Edward Soothill

Dr. Edward Thomas Arnot Stedeford

John Dingley Hospital

Wenzhou Central Hospital launched an online letter today to Wenzhou people across the globe to find descendants of the hospital's early founders, William Edward Soothill and Edward Thomas Arnot Stedeford.

The hospital stated that it plans to invite the two missionaries' offspring to join in the celebration of its 120th founding anniversary to be held later this autumn. In memory of the locals, there are life-and-death moving stories behind Blyth Memorial Hospital that originated from a clinic started by William Soothill and later headed by British Dr. Stedford. The historic photos and stories are exhibited in the history's museum.

The media in Wenzhou related the hospital's history. It said that the John Dingley Hospital founded in 1897 was the earliest form of the hospital, expanded from Soothill's clinic. On February 18, 1905, Henry Blyth constructed the new hospital where the John Dingley Hospital merged and renamed it "Blyth Memorial Hospital." It was opened on January 30, 1906. Covering 8 mu (1.318 acres), and it had 250 employees. It served 12,285 patients, including 923 hospitalized, in the first year, performing 321 operations.

 

Image of early John Dingley Hospital.
Image of early John Dingley Hospital.

 

 

In 1917, British Dr. K.T.A. Stedeford succeeded as its president. He graduated from the University of Edingburgh. On July 11, 1942, Wenzhou was invaded by the Japanese army and the hospital was relocated to a rural town. Dr. Stedeford called on donations to help the hospital survive that special period.

After the founding of New China, the extension of the hospital was supported by the local government and was renamed "the Second Hospital of Wenzhou" in 1945. In 2012, the name was changed to "Wenzhou Central Hospital."  Currently, it's a general hospital integrating medical care, research, teaching, prophylaxis, health care, and recovery.

- Translated by Karen Luo

Related Article

Must Read

comments powered by Disqus

More from CCD

Amity Foundation Aids Snow Disaster Stricken Areas in Yushu, Qinghai

The Amity Foundation, together with the Snowland Great Rivers Environmental Protection Association, launched an aid project for the Yushu snow disaster areas in order to help the herding families pull through.

Aid to Displaced People in DR Congo Makes A Difference

Strengthened by emergency food, 700 families displaced by violence in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) are preparing to plant crops and to raise pigs to support themselves.

Hungarian Embassy in Shanghai Hosts New Year Concert in Moore Memorial Church

On January 22, 2019, the Hungarian Embassy in Shanghai hosted a new year concert in Shanghai Moore Memorial Church, according to the WeChat account of "Shanghai Christianity".

Shanghai Holds Symposium on Foreign Christians’ Worship

A symposium on foreign Christians' worshipping was organized by the Shanghai Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs and the Shanghai China Christian Council (CCC) & Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) and held on January 1, 2019.

Baby Found Alive After 35 Hours Under Rubble in Russia

A miracle occurred after a dangerous gas explosion rocked Russia on Monday.

Pope Calls for Unity in New Year Message

Learn the contents of the Pope's New Year Address for 2019.

China to Add 6,800 KM Railway Line This Year

New railway lines will be seen in China this year according to the national railway operators.

Xi: Cooperation is Best for both China and US

Chinese President Xi Jinping sends a US President Donald Trump a special message as part of the 40th anniversary of US-Chinese relations.

Chinese Supreme Court to Handle Intellectual Property Cases

The highest court in China will be looking into the intellectual property rights cases raised by the United States.

China Resumes Video Games Approval

Chinese gamers will now be able to expect new games to be released in the market soon.