(1869 – 1959)
Lulu Clifton, a young deaconess with the Methodist Church, came to Phoenix from Nebraska for her health in the early 1900s when Phoenix was a small town of about 5,000. She was suffering from tuberculosis like so many others at the time and it was thought that the dry climate would help one heal from this ever prevalent disease. She was driven to conquer TB and find the primary purpose for her life.
So many suffering lived in hotels, rented rooms and boarding houses and because of the lack of facilities, many people with TB chose to live in tents and so did Ms. Clifton. So, once cured she remained in Arizona to build and shape a new hospital upon receiving funding from the Methodist Church.
With her drive to care for others, they opened in a small apartment building in 1911. Then, a larger facility was necessary but because of difficulties related to WWI and the Great Influenza Epidemic of 1918, the new facility did not open until 1923.
In time, the hospital grew and evolved into what is now a joint effort between UA College of Medicine and Banner Hospitals in Phoenix, Arizona.
Could Lulu have foreseen the enormous impact she would have just from starting her small care unit?