Dr. Robert Otto McMaster, a distinguished physician and surgeon from Wheeling, West Virginia, founded McMaster Hospital in 1886 at 1108 Chapline Street, renowned for its exceptional facilities and medical staff. He expanded it 1892 to include three separate residential buildings. The expanded was three stories high and had a 60 foot frontage. It had 18 private rooms for patients, a ward with 15-20 beds, and a waiting room, general office, private office, and dispensary on the first floor. The second floor will had a porch for patients, speaking tubes, electric lights, and a system of electric call bells. The third floor had the operating room, several patient rooms, and a large ward. The operating room had the latest and most improved operating apparatus. All of the rooms were fitted with fresh air and foul air ducts to keep the air pure. The interior of the hospital was finished with hardwoods and all the amenities were provided to ensure the comfort of the patients. The hospital was expected to be completed in October at a cost of $35,000.
Born near Jacobsburg, Ohio, Dr. McMaster graduated from Starling Medical College in 1875, pursued further studies in New York, and practiced in New Athens before establishing his hospital. Dr. McMaster specialized in women's health and abdominal surgeries, achieving success and innovation. He was married to Ella M. Ault, had two children, and was active in medical and social organizations. Dr. McMaster passed away on December 6, 1907, and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery. (https://tinyurl.com/5n8kw6nu) (https://tinyurl.com/2p9ffu46) (https://tinyurl.com/bdsk447y)