Following World War II, it became clear Dearborn needed its own hospital. The decision to build a "voluntary" hospital on land donated by Henry Ford II and Ford Motor Company was controversial at the time, as Dearborn mayor Orville L. Hubbard supported a competing proposal for a municipal facility. After months of contentious debate, the voluntary hospital plan was approved, with the ground-breaking taking place in August 1950.
Oakwood Hospital opened on Jan. 5, 1953. Jacques Cousin, the hospital's first director, handed the key to Donald B. McLouth, the president of the board of trustees, to open the front entrance, remarking that it was "never again to be locked."
Prior to the grand opening, Dearborn businesses organized a "shower of gifts" to be awarded to the first baby born at the new hospital. The winner - an 8-pound, 10-ounce boy born the day Oakwood opened - and his family received everything from booties and diaper service to a box of cigars for the father.
Now known as Oakwood Hospital - Dearborn, the 632-bed full-service teaching hospital offers the full range of state-of-the-art services, including heart and vascular, orthopedics, women's health, emergency medicine, Level II trauma and surgery.
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