At last, a mystery solved. Outliers has long wondered about the missing apostrophe in Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. (Not setting a very good example for the little tykes with poor grammar skills.)
Outliers: The case of the missing apostrophe
Well, after 110 years, the hospital has fixed its possessive problem and come clean on why. Seems the truant apostrophe was due to mechanical difficulties and “was left out due to a faulty typewriter key in 1901” when the hospital's incorporation papers were typed up, according to the hospital. And it seems various legal and bureaucratic reasons kept it off the name until now.
In addition to formally becoming Children's Hospital Los Angeles, the hospital is celebrating a century plus 10 with a rebranding, including a new logo featuring a butterfly, a citywide ad campaign with the tagline “We treat kids better” and the scheduled July opening of a state-of-the-art $636 million hospital building.
It's a long way from the hospital's beginnings in 1901, a year when it admitted 14 patients to its first facility: a small house in what is now the city's Chinatown, with “a ‘surgery suite' in what had served as the house's pantry,” according to a news release. The staff included a single doctor “making house calls on horseback.”
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