A Lifetime of Care
Date: December 2, 2013
As Suburban Hospital celebrates its 70th anniversary, Lucy Tolson Clarke recalls the stages it has marked in her life, beginning with her own birth. The 69-year-old Rockville resident arrived at the hospital on Nov. 30, 1944—less than a year after it opened its doors.
“I remember when it was just a little white building,” she says. “And I’ve watched it expand over the years.” Clarke grew up just a few blocks from Suburban during the days when many still referred to Bethesda as “the village.” As a teenager, she volunteered as a candy striper, helping to make beds and feed patients. By the time she became a mother, the hospital had closed its labor and delivery unit, but Clarke soon became acquainted with its emergency room. “My daughter swallowed a dime once and was there for a week,” she recalls. “And our younger son was always breaking something or getting stitches.”
Her most recent visit, in July, was for a total knee replacement. “I had a great experience,” Clarke says. “Suburban has always taken really good care of me and my family.”