Drs. Schenck and Wheelwright arrived at a Southampton home to find a patient in such dire need of emergency care that they had no time to take her to the nearest hospital—in Greenport. So, in a small attic room, the doctors performed surgery by the light of a kerosene lantern.
The doctors managed to save the patient’s life, but the experience made one thing painfully clear: the South Fork needed a hospital of its own. That realization sparked the genesis of what would become Southampton Hospital, which is celebrating its centennial this year.
Among a host of celebrations and... more