Dayton is a 4th-class city along a bend of the Ohio River in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 5,338 at the 2000 census. It is less than from downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.
Speers Memorial Hospital
Speers Memorial Hospital in Dayton Kentucky was in use from October 10, 1897 until August 7, 1973. The founding of Speers Memorial Hospital was provided for in 1893 by the will of Mrs. Elizabeth L Speers, an English woman and patient of Dr. C B Schoolfield. The will provided that the Circuit Court Judge name three trustees to be appointed for life who would have charge of the building and management of the hospital. And it was to be named after her husband, Charles Speers.
Speers Hospital was located on Main Street in Dayton between Fourth and Fifth Avenues; construction of the much needed hospital began in 1895. In 1911 an annex was built to the hospital adding one ward and seven rooms. Periodically, additions were made and in 1937, the hospital had 5 wards and 38 rooms reaching a capacity of 100 beds. In addition, the hospital was also equipped with 15 bassinets and a separate obstetrical department which was discontinued in 1966.
After the disastrous flood of 1937, Speers Memorial Hospital was completely renovated and rehabilitated. A campaign for funds was launched and successfully completed through the Commerce and Hospitalization Committee. A new private women's ward of 12 beds was made available. The operating room was completely renovated and provided with new equipment. Other wards and private rooms were rebuilt. It is noted that this hospital received no government funds.
Speers Memorial Hospital closed in 1973 and has been torn down. A senior citizens complex was built on the site.