Advocate Sherman Hospital dedicated a historical marker at its Center Street campus Monday evening in Elgin in celebration of the hospital's 126th anniversary.
Remarks were made by Elgin Mayor David Kaptain, who said he born in the old hospital, and had his tonsils taken out there as a child.
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He joked that the hospital owed him a malted, because he was promised one by the nurses at Sherman when his tonsils were removed, but he never got one. Linda Deering, president of Advocate Sherman Hospital, said the hospital would make good on it's decades-old promise.
Jerry Sorenson, a member of the NorthEast Neighborhood Association of Elgin, is the designer of the monument and told the crowd about it's features. The monument duplicates the entryway steps of the old hospital, and Sorenson said they represent a number of things, including friendship, support, and community.
The hospital opened its doors on July 7, 1888, in a two-story house donated by local drugstore owner and prominent businessman Henry Sherman.
Soon after, the hospital moved to a building on Center Street. The main hospital in now located in a new building that opened in 2009 along Randall Road in Elgin.