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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Woodstock > Oxford Regional Health Center
 Name
Oxford Regional Health Center
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 Database Info
created by Avatar-X on 7/31/2003 2:13 PM
last modified by e-photog on 5/20/2009 3:45 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
 Overview
 Description
Several brick buildings stand open and easily accessible.

-- One building recently destroyed by arson.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
Address

Woodstock, Ontario
Canada
Owner:
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  •  Hazards
  • unsafe flooring
  •  Interesting Features
    - Historical Architecture

    - Odd cell-like rooms in the basements of Cedarwood and Crestwood buildings.
     Security Measures
  • absolutly none
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1906
    Closed: 1996
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  •  Recommended Equipment
    Camera
     History
    Late in the 1800s, the Ontario Government began to establish and operate a series of Ontario Hospitals (O.H.s) to care for the mentally ill and the mentally retarded. O.H. Woodstock was built on 100 acres, specifically to look after epileptic patients from all over Ontario: epilepsy was then considered a mental illness.

    When first opened on April 22, 1906, it was called the Hospital for Epileptics, Woodstock, and consisted of two cottages, ‘May’ and ‘George’, plus an administration building. It admitted 58 adult and child patients in its first year.

    Many epileptic patients also suffered from mental illness or retardation. As a part of therapy, the hospital grounds included a working farm on which fruit, vegetables and grain were grown, and patients were given tasks according to their abilities. A dairy herd was added in 1919.

    By 1932, the hospital had expanded to 324 acres, had 486 patients and a staff of 120, including a professional staff of doctors and nurses.

    Tuberculosis had long been a problem up to the mid 1900s and its usual treatment was rest, good food and isolation. This highly infectious respiratory disease spread easily among the mentally ill and mentally challenged patients of the crowded Ontario Hospitals. In response, a Chest Diseases Division was added in 1939, in new buildings on the east side of Hwy 59. It included isolation wards and laboratory facilities for TB diagnosis. The epilepsy division remained on the west side of Hwy 59.

    Many of the O.H. Woodstock staff joined up at the start of World War II. At its end, all returning veterans who were ex-employees of the hospital were immediately rehired; or jobs found for the spouses of those who had been killed overseas.

    TB continued as a serious problem, and a four storey North Park Building was built and opened in 1958, to expand the facilities of the Chest Division. By 1960, the two divisions of Ontario Hospital Woodstock had over 1500 patients and 860 staff.

    After medical advances in epilepsy treatment, and the Mental Health Act of 1968, the Epileptic Division was closed and its remaining epileptic patients sent home or elsewhere. Its facilities were renamed the Adult Retardation Unit and now only handled the treatment and training of the mentally retarded. The Chest Division was closed in 1972 after the apparent success of anti-T.B. drugs and treatments.

    In 1974, responsibility for the care of the mentally ill and mentally challenged passed from the Ministry of Health to the Ministry of Community and Social Services: Ontario Hospital now became the Oxford Regional Centre. At that time, it served 715 mentally-challenged adults. Over time its patients were transferred to the care of other institutions, returned to their families, or released on their own. The Oxford Regional Centre finally closed in 1996.

    Sources:
    - Doug Symons, 'Village That Straddled A Swamp'
    - Mary Evans, ‘ORC’, book in preparation (Oxford Historical Society)
    - Dr. Charles Lockwood, 'An Overview Of Medical Care At the Ontario Hospital Woodstock,' (Oxford Historical Society archives)

    The above was taken from Google's cache of http://www.execuli...hquiz/oxha044.html

     Media Coverage
    UEKW/uXc Exploration Write Up -
    http://members.rog...w/missionc/ORC.htm

    UEKW/uXc Exploration Gallery -
    http://24.112.202.52/uxc/ORCPG.html
     Future Plans
    There's been talk of all the buildings being refurbished and used as part of a retirement-home complex in the near future.
     Stories
    Demolition Update
    Mon, Aug 23rd, 2004
    posted by CopySix


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     Photo Galleries
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    Trip
    Sun, Jan 5th, 2003
    posted by Avatar-X
    91 pictures
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    12.05.03
    Tue, Dec 16th, 2003
    posted by manitou
    79 pictures
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    Admin Building
    Mon, Jan 26th, 2004
    posted by manitou
    40 pictures
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    Laundry Building
    Mon, Jan 26th, 2004
    posted by manitou
    40 pictures
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    Mess Hall
    Mon, Jan 26th, 2004
    posted by manitou
    15 pictures
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    Education Building
    Mon, Jan 26th, 2004
    posted by manitou
    50 pictures
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    Cedarwood
    Mon, Jan 26th, 2004
    posted by manitou
    60 pictures
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    Demo - Last CAll
    Mon, Aug 23rd, 2004
    posted by CopySix
    27 pictures
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    Historical Gallery
    Wed, Oct 27th, 2004
    posted by CopySix
    9 pictures
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    Sudbury & PhilG 2008
    Thu, Nov 13th, 2008
    posted by Intrinsic
    16 pictures
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    Visiting the old folks
    Fri, Feb 27th, 2009
    posted by Dexplorer
    7 pictures
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    E-Photog - All that remains
    Thu, May 21st, 2009
    posted by e-photog
    10 pictures


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     Panoramas

    ox
    Fri, Jan 9th, 2004
    posted by manitou


    old
    Sun, Jan 5th, 2003
    posted by Avatar-X
     Web Links
    UEL Exploration Writeup

    http://uel.miniman...estwood/index.html

    UEL Exploration Gallery

    http://uel.miniman...twood/gallery.html
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    Photography 8 / 10
    Coolness 9 / 10
    Content Quality 9 / 10
     Validation
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 5/21/2009 7:22 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on May 21 09 at 7:22, Steed validated this location
  • on May 21 09 at 3:51, e-photog updated gallery E-Photog - All that remains
  • on May 21 09 at 3:51, e-photog added some pictures to a gallery
  • on May 21 09 at 3:48, e-photog updated gallery E-Photog - All that remains
  • on May 21 09 at 3:47, e-photog created a new gallery
  • on May 20 09 at 8:17, Steed validated this location
  • on May 20 09 at 3:45, e-photog changed the following: Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy
  • on Nov 13 08 at 4:19, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Nov 13 08 at 3:02, Intrinsic added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Nov 13 08 at 3:02, Intrinsic added some pictures to a gallery
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    You must log in for this feature to work.Wish I had Taken Photosthatgrrl022212/10/2017 2:09 PM by thatgrrl
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    You must log in for this feature to work.Just deleted a TONNE of photos here.The Hitman's Daughter0186112/10/2004 12:32 AM by The Hitman's Daughter
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