Delnor Hospital
Delnor Hospital
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Delnor Hospital

 

1940-1986
St. Charles, Illnois

On Thanksgiving Day, 1940, a 25-bed hospital opened in St. Charles.  The new facility was named Delnor Hospital after its generous benefactors Dellora A. and Lester J. Norris.  This beautiful hospital featured interiors designed by nationally-known interior decorator, Dorothy Draper; while the medical areas were equipped with the most up-to-date technology of the time.

Over the years, the hospital expanded to 105 beds.  Often referred to as "The Baby Hospital," Delnor Hospital was well-known throughout Illinois.  Certainly the maternity window - an idea suggested by hospital administrator, Cora Radke - with the latest additions to the Fox Valley on display, was one of the most popular sites in St. Charles.

Dellora A. Norris
Lester J. Norris

Mrs. Norris was involved in virtually every step of the design and construction of Delnor Hospital.  The hospital was her dream and her legacy to the community.  When the hospital was completed in 1940, Mrs. Norris served for 40 years as a board member; one of its most active and dedicated volunteers.

  • Colonial Hospital 1908-1925
  • Community Hospital 1925-1986
  • Delnor Hospital 1940-1986
  • The Merger of Community and Delnor Hospitals
  • Delnor-Community Hospital 1991-present
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