History of Mineral Community Hospital
It depicts the original hospital building, which stood in the Iron Mountain area (near what is now the Town Pump Convenience Store). It was moved to a location across from the old jail. The hospital’s primary purpose was to house old-age pensioners, who received about $15 a month – and many were able to save money from that amount!
Also portrayed in Hummel’s painting is Superior’s second hospital building, which the county built in 1941 at a cost of $21,000. Medical care was provided by W.J. “Doc” Doyle, and the hospital was adminstered by nurse Frances Woods, who began her career with a staff consisting only of a cook and a housekeeper. The hospital housed nursing home patients, a maternity ward, an operating room and private rooms. It was used until 1975, when the present hospital, also depicted in the painting, was completed.
Prints of this painting, notecards, and thank you cards are available for sale from the hospital.