Stormont Vail History



In 1882 Christ Hospital was founded by Bishop Thomas Vail and Ellen Vail, to give care to those less fortunate.



In 1893, Dr. Milo Ward and Jane C. Stormont, the widow of dr. D. W. Stormont, founded the Jane C. Stormont Woman's Hospital and Training School for Nurses. They envisioned a modern hospital where medical care, particularly for women and those unable to pay, would be available.



In 1949, Jane C. Stormont Hospital and Christ Hospitals merge. On July 20, 1953 Stormont-Vail Hospital officially opened a new hospital, also known as - the South Tower, adding onto the Christ Hospital at 10th and Washburn.

CJ Iron lungs check up 1959


A Stormont-Vail Hospital nurse instructed a student nurse on the use of an iron lung in 1959. The hospital had three iron lungs to help polio patients. (left)


A new camera obtained by the hospital auxiliary was added to the maternity ward at Stormont-Vail in 1960. (right)

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In August 1995, Stormont Vail and the Cotton O'Neil Clinic joined forces. The Cotton O'Neil Clinic had started in 1956 as a partnership between Drs. Robert Cotton and Robert O'Neil. later, Dr. Maurice Cashman Jr. and Dr. Howard Ward joined them and the clinic eventually grew to be Topeka's largest physician practice. 

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You can learn more about Stormont Vail Health's history in our History Room located in Stormont Vail Hospital.