Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Who is Vroom?

    Of the two names this building is named for, Vroom is definitely the more fascinating. He played a very important role in the world of medicine, and he worked right out of his wing in our home town of Ridgewood, NJ. Dr. William Vroom was born on April 1, 1866, and lived to be 100 years old!  He moved to Ridgewood after he finished college in 1888. This year was coincidentally the year that a very large 
 blizzard hit the village, so medical help was of great need!

Dr. William Vroom

    He opened his office on his twenty second birthday--- that would be April 1, 1988. Dr. Vroom was very important, as he created the first hospital in a small wing of the building. It only cost patients 75 cents to come to the office, or 1 dollar for a house visit, where he would trek through the snow to come treat a patient in their home. Despite only having 4 horses, a  pony and pony car for most of his career, Vroom always tried to help the villagers as best as he could.

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