Lydia Hall (1906 – 1969)

Inspiration for Activism!

  • Established and directed the Loeb Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Montefiore Hospital in Bronx, New York, from 1963 to 1969.
  • Her “Core, Cure, Care” nursing theory identifies the nurse-to-patient relationship as central to healing for those who are chronically ill (see more detail here).
  • Consistent with her philosophy that nurses were key to healing for people with chronic illness, Loeb was run by nurses, had an all RN staff; medicine served only as an ancillary service.
  • Her nursing-centered care model reduced rehabilitation time and length of stay by up to one-half to one-third.

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