In 1918, many of the doctors left to serve their country. The loss of these doctors reduced the staff and put an added burden on those remaining, but they, as well as the Sisters, were willing to make this sacrifice for our country and extra effort was put forth to care for the patients.

The Spanish Influenza swept the nation in 1918 and Reading did not escape – the capacity of the Hospital was over-taxed in order to care of the influx of patients, die to this dread disease. Sisters, Doctors and Nurses worked day and night; every bed was filled – beds and cots were placed on the porches as the patients continued to come

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