Thanks to a grant from the Women’s General Hospital Fund of the Cleveland Foundation, Monarch Center for Autism is pleased to launch its online Autism Resource Center. The Center provides families whose children were diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a reputable and consolidated location to search for everything they need to know about ASDs – including diagnosis, coping strategies, educational and treatment options, assistive technology, waivers and much more.
Women’s General Hospital, founded in 1878 as the Women's & Children's Free Medical & Surgical Dispensary, was the only hospital in Cleveland entirely founded by women. The initial purpose was to give women graduating in medicine a chance to obtain clinical experience, an opportunity denied by other city dispensaries and hospitals. Although initially devoted to care of women and children, by 1974 the hospital had an active medical staff of 52 and departments of surgery, medicine, gynecology, pediatrics, radiology, anesthesiology, and pathology. In the 1970s it became widely known for its women's alcoholism rehabilitation unit, perhaps the first of its kind in the United States. In 1978 the hospital merged with Polyclinic Hospital. In the early 1980s, with increasing competition from newer facilities, the hospital experienced declining occupancy and closed.