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After 100 years, caring still tops at Zambarano
Stanley M. Aronson - March 30, 2006

ZambaranoWHY DOES A COMMUNITY establish a hospital? Sometimes this is undertaken out of fear, sometimes foraggrandizement, but most usually in answer to a longstanding necessity.

Over the millennia, families have nursed their own at home. Thus the home waswherethe babies were born,thechildren were cared for during childhood diseases, injuries were tended to, and the older people lingered beforedying. Only when the family could no longer cope with these medical burdens, or when there was no family,and after complicated lifesaving procedures had been invented, did society create institutions we now call hospitals. Read more

Wallum LakeThe Zambarano hospital started as a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients.
G. Wayne Miller Journal Staff Writer - November 6, 2005

BURRILLVILLE - One hundred years ago today, a man named George Barrows stepped off a train at a small platform in the woods of northwest Rhode Island. A horse-drawn wagon awaited. Barrows got on, and the driver took him down a rutted road to a cluster of new buildings near the shore of Wallum Lake. Read more

"History of the State Institutions" at the Howard Reservation.IMH

Over the past 26 years, the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission has produced 60 survey publications for each of the state’s 39 towns. Although the publications are out-of-print, they remain invaluable resources for researchers, history buffs, and residents.

The history of state institutions is a 9 page extract from a 90 page document which covers the history of Cranston.