Biography of Josephine Frances Royan


Royan, Josephine Frances, superintendent of the Fitch Accident Hospital in Buffalo, is a native of Allegany, Cattaraugus county, N. Y., and the only daughter of Charles and Annetta (Haller) Royan, both of whom died when she was very young. She was educated in her native village, graduating from St. Elizabeth's Academy. In 1885 she came to Buffalo and in 1889 entered the Buffalo General Hospital Training School, from which she was graduated in 1891. She then became head nurse in the Fitch Accident Hospital, an institution founded through the munificence of the late Benjamin Fitch, who left a bequest in his will for the purpose It is one of the most important branches of the Charity Organization Society. On the creation of the office of superintendent in March, 1892, Miss Royan was appointed to that responsible position, which she has since filled with great credit and satisfaction. The hospital owes much of its development and present condition to her able management, under which it has been enlarged from time to time and its usefulness constantly increased. In January, 1896, Miss Royan originated and started, in connection with the hospital, a post-graduate school in accident surgery for nurses who have graduated or have had previous training in other hospitals. This department, as well as the institution itself, has been very successful under her care and supervision. This hospital has always occupied quarters at the corner of Michigan and Swan streets.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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