Kvna Antique

Humble Beginnings

The Great Flu Epidemic of 1918-1919 hit Kenosha particularly hard, with 6000 reported cases in the city during the month of October.  Assistance was provided in controlling related health problems by Public Health Nurses.

By 1927, the former head of the Kenosha City Health Department was named head of the State Board of Health. He requested that the superintendent of nurses at the Kenosha Health Department began a Kenosha Visiting Nurse Service. The Kenosha Evening News reported on April 20, 1927 that one nurse, Miss Sigrid Jorgensen, was given free transportation on city street cars for making her house calls to the bedside of any patient in the city.

Kvna Great DepressionThe Role of Visiting Nurses During the Great Depression