3.92 cubic ft. (3 record center cartons and 1 doc. box).
In four subseries: (1) Joint Conference Committee, 1952-1983 (2) Executive Committee, 1943-1978 (3) Staff Association, 1960-1982 (4) Medical staff committees, 1964-1983; arranged within each series chronologically in reverse order.
The Worcester City Hospital was established to receive persons who through misfortune or poverty required relief of temporary sickness. It was administered by a board of trustees (from 1990 by the Worcester Health and Hospitals Authority) and medical staff. Series records deliberations and decisions of staff as associated and as conferring with the trustees.
The Joint Conference Committee of staff/trustee representatives served as liaison between staff and trustees/hospital superintendent. It was cochaired by the trustee and staff presidents, with the superintendent as secretary, and reported to both staff and trustee executive committees. It discussed pending staff appointments (referred by the medical staff executive committee), educational programs, auditing of medical practice, and hospital policy and practice generally.
The Executive Committee of the medical staff acted on other staff committee reports and proposed staff appointments, which were forwarded to the Joint Conference Committee.
The associated medical staff as a whole (originally called the Staff Association) met quarterly/annually to hear staff committee reports, to approve nominations for committee membership and bylaw changes, and to hear results of staff elections of medical unit chiefs. Medical staff rosters are included.
Medical staff committees met on a standing or ad hoc basis to propose programs, policies, and appointments. For a list of committees consult series finding aid (see below).
The Worcester City Hospital was established by state mandate in 1871, reconstituted in 1953, placed under the Worcester Health and Hospitals Authority in 1990, and closed in 1991. It was then placed under interim management of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and since the authority's dissolution in 1993 has been operated as the center's City Campus.
Agency history record (CStRLIN)MASVAH0421-A describes the history and functions of the Worcester Health and Hospitals Authority.