THE REST HAVEN PREVENTORIUM
The workers at Rest Haven have been helping our city for over 100 years. From providing a preventorium for the tuberculosis outbreak, to helping children get the funds for the medical help that they need. Not to mention, they were a major part in stopping the tuberculosis outbreak within San Diego and they should be more appreciated for that.
They started in the 1900s as the Rest Haven Preventorium. The preventorium was used in the 1920s for the tuberculosis outbreak of the time, in which they helped adults and children. One of the people working there at the time was Frances “Ma” Mead, who was the co-founder and was the one who looked after the children at the preventorium. “In the 1950s, the preventorium was sold due to the end of the tuberculosis epidemic.” “After the building was sold, they went on to create the Rest Haven Children’s Fund”, which provided children with funds for medical care. They also donate money for medical research. They are still helping with funds to this day.
“Frances “Ma” Mead was the co-founder of Rest Haven Preventorium. She was born on July 8, 1863 in England. When she moved to San Diego in 1892”, she focused her work on tuberculosis. She was also the main care-taker for the children at the preventorium. “In 1912, she also served as the financial chairman.” “Before all this, she used to work in England as a caretaker, taking care of children and their mothers”. She helped Rest Haven grow into what it is today.
In the early 20th century, the tuberculosis epidemic was a massive problem all over the world. During these times, many preventoriums were set up. Preventoriums were open air clinics with the purpose of preventing tuberculosis. “Tuberculosis is a disease that mostly affects the lungs, but also other parts of the body. Tuberculosis has been around for thousands of years” and has been a cause of deaths for millions all around the world. “Tuberculosis is spread through the air from already infected patients.”
All of this is the reason the workers at Rest Haven have been great people over all these years. They have helped our city since the early 1900’s in so many ways. This community needs to be celebrated more for helping out our city a ton.