How Crittenton Hospital Came to Rochester

Crittenton Hospital in Rochester Hills Celebrates its 50th Birthday on August 15 It took ten years to be born. In April 1957, a group of local business and professional people formed a committee to discuss bringing a new hospital to the area. At the time, Rochester had only a small osteopathic facility called Avon Center Hospital, located near the corner of Rochester & Avon roads. Avon Center opened in 1954 with 20 beds – and later expanded to 40 – but lacked many of the services that the … [Read more...]

Healthcare in Rochester with Doctor Siffring Before Crittenton Hospital

Dr. Loren Siffring Remembers Small-Town Medicine Later this summer marks the 50th anniversary of the day that Crittenton Hospital opened its doors to its very first patient. Today, area residents have a wide array of state-of-the-art healthcare facilities and practitioners available nearby. The situation was very different, however, when Dr. Loren W. Siffring first came to town. A friendship forged in the Air Force brought Dr. Siffring to Rochester. He was a native of Colorado, where he … [Read more...]

Rochester-opoly Now Available, Just in Time for the Holidays

This holiday season the places of Rochester will be spaces on a customized board game, Rochester-opoly. The game will feature all of the fun and memorable places in our community, including Leader Dogs for the Blind, Oakland University, Rochester Hills Public Library and many more. The game was created by Lynne Vettraino, a local entrepreneur, after she was inspired by a similar game in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, “While visiting my hometown, I saw a custom city-based ‘opoly’ game and was … [Read more...]

Rochester Junior Woman’s Club is looking for New Members

The Rochester Junior Woman’s Club (RJWC) is actively seeking new members. RJWC is a volunteer service organization which has been a part of the Rochester community for 60 years. RJWC is committed to supporting numerous area charities and non-profit organizations through hands-on volunteering as well as fund-raising. Since its inception, the Rochester Junior Woman’s Club has more than 1 million hours of community service and raised more than $910,000 to support the local community. The … [Read more...]

Wet and Wild Wednesdays in July

Rochester Hills Museum Hosting Wet and Wild Wednesdays in July The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is hosting Wet and Wild Wednesdays every Wednesday in July from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Family entertainment in the gazebo runs from 12:00 -1:00 p.m. and then water fun runs from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. including slip and slides, fire truck spray, creek wading and various activities hosted by the Clinton River Watershed Council.   Entertainment this year includes Tom Plunkard on July 6, … [Read more...]

Get Wet and Wild on Wednesdays in July

Just Four Wednesdays in July to Get Wet and Wild The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is hosting Wet and Wild Wednesdays every Wednesday in July from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Family entertainment in the gazebo runs from 12:00 -1:00 p.m. and then water fun runs from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. including slip and slides, fire truck spray, creek wading and various activities hosted by the Clinton River Watershed Council. Two giant slip and slides - one for older kids and a second for younger … [Read more...]

This Month in Rochester History

Courtesy of Remembering Rochester In June 1966, leaders of the Rochester community gathered to celebrate the cornerstone laying for the suburban unit of Crittenton Hospital on University Drive. The first full-service hospital to serve the area was welcomed and eagerly anticipated by citizens who were accustomed to traveling to Pontiac, Mount Clemens or Detroit for their acute health care needs. Thus, when Crittenton Hospital of Detroit announced plans to build a suburban unit, village and … [Read more...]

Grieving at Christmas

Christmas shopping is one of those things that we all get frustrated with and complain about but, in reality, having to do Christmas shopping reveals the fact that we have people to love and people to love us right back. What are we to do though if a dear one is missing from our shopping list this year? Missing from the list because he or she has moved on from this earth? Instead of a tangible gift that we choose from a store, the gift we give is simply our grief. It's costly--just as a … [Read more...]

Local Artist Gerry Post Passes

Local artist Gerald "Gerry" Gust Post passed away on Monday, November 23, 2015 at the age of 82. A post on the Rochester-Avon Historical Society Facebook page read: "Many of you are probably familiar with the art work of Gerry Post. It can be seen on our cover photo, in the collection at Crittenton Hospital, posters in the Rochester Hills Public Library or in city hall. It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Gerry." The visitation and funeral service will be held at Modetz Funeral … [Read more...]

Crittenton Hospital and Ascension Health Michigan Agreement Finalized

Back in February, Rochester Media reported that "The Crittenton Hospital Medical Center Board of Trustees selected Ascension Health Michigan to be the new owner of the hospital pending a six-month due diligence and strategic planning process to work out the details of the transaction." As of today, Crittenton is officially part of Ascension Health Michigan. Via a statement released on Monday, Robert Henkel, CEO of Ascension Health in St. Louis, “We look forward to welcoming the associates, … [Read more...]