Biography of Katherine M. Mapes
Lucas County, OH Biographies

Thoroughly trained along professional lines, Katherine M. Mapes is now occupying the very responsible position of superintendent of the Municipal. Hospital at Toledo. She is a native of Bryan, Williams county, Ohio, and a daughter of Samuel R. and Sarah A. (Lingle) Mapes. She attended the public schools of her native town and after a few years at home following the completion of her educational course, she came to Toledo in 1898, having in the meantime determined to enter upon preparation for a career as nurse. She entered the Toledo Hospital Training School for Nurses and completed the regular two years course by graduation with the class of 1900. Almost immediately afterward she was made supervisor of the operating room at the Toledo Hospital, where she remained for several years. Following this she was appointed superintendent of the Deaconess Hospital on Robinwood avenue, later called the Flower Hospital, and afterward returned to the Toledo Hospital, becoming supervisor of the operating room, with which she was thus associated for a year. She left that position in 1911 to become superintendent of the training school of the Toledo Hospital and did effective work in that connection for a period of five years. She next went to the City Hospital at Lima, Ohio, expecting to relieve the superintendent there for three months, but remained for ten months. With her return to Toledo she was given charge of the teaching center under the Red Cross and continued to act as supervisor of teaching for two years during the World war, after which she went into service for four months at Camp Taylor, Kentucky.

Again coming to Toledo, Miss Mapes accepted the position of chief nurse at the Overland Hospital, where she remained for a year, after which she took a two years rest, living at home with her mother. On the 1st of April, 1922, however, she again resumed professional duties, and activities, being appointed superintendent of the Municipal Hospital by Mayor Brough. She brought to her present position a wealth of experience and broad knowledge and is rendering most effective service in this institution. She has been instrumental in introducing improved methods and the work of the hospital has been thoroughly systematized under her care.

Miss Mapes holds membership in the Epworth Methodist church and is also a valued member of the Toledo Woman's Club and a charter member of the Delphians. She is the honored, president of District No. 9 of the Ohio State Graduate Nurses Association and she belongs to both the state and national nurses associations. She is likewise a member of the National League of Nursing Education and is identified with the American Legion as a member of the Kuhlman Saygers Pollock Post, which was organized in honor of nurses from Toledo who served during the World war and died in the service. Miss Mapes holds to the highest standards of her profession and is most zealous and earnest in the performance of her duties. Her personal qualities are such as to inspire confidence and cooperation from her patients, as she adds cheeriness and a courageous disposition to splendid poise.

Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo

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