• Free Webinar Looks At Mare Island Hospital History Since the 1850s

    Contact: Andrea Garcia, Associate Vice President, University Advancement,
    (707) 638-5272, agarcia9@touro.edu
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 1, 2021
    Free Webinar Looks at Mare Island Hospital History Since the 1850s
    VALLEJO When it was first established in 1997, Touro University California’s (TUC) only program was the College of Osteopathic Medicine. The 1999 move to Vallejo brought the medical college to Mare Island but it was hardly the first time healthcare was a central component of the island’s existence.

    Hospitals and healthcare have a prominent place in Mare Island’s history and retired doctor and naval officer Thomas Snyder, MD, has encapsulated that history in his webinar presentation, “150 Years Before Touro – The Navy's Hospitals on Mare Island, 1856 to 1957.”

    The webinar will be hosted at noon, November 4, and registration is free. Link for the Zoom event can be found at http://tu.edu/150yearsbefore.

    Mare Island has a long and storied history of health services throughout the years.

    One of the most prominent buildings on Touro University’s campus is the expansive Mare Island Naval Hospital, constructed 150 years ago and reconstructed 120 years ago after it was destroyed following an earthquake. The hospital served as a critical battleground during the Spanish Flu pandemic, with the hospital staff laying the foundations for what would later become known as Public Health, a key program also available at TUC.
    Mare Island Naval Hospital doctors, nurses, corpsmen (medics) cared for Navy and Marine Corps patients during World War II. The "brace shop" here helped create the first truly modern prosthetic limbs for those maimed in combat.
    In this one-hour webinar, Dr. Snyder will track how medical treatment has changed from these early days, through the war years to the students training at Touro to this day.
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