Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
Inducted in 1988
Wald founded the Henry Street Visiting Nurse Service in New York in the late 1800s, and she was a pioneer in developing a public health nursing program in the U.S. Wald's organization evolved into the Visiting Nurse Service of New York City, which she directed for 40 years. Her calling as a nurse was to treat the large immigrant population that steadily entered the country seeking a better way of life. But many found their new homeland to be anything but paradise with crowded conditions and a reported death rate was high. Wald would eventually begin teaching home nursing classes for immigrants and taught residents how to care for themselves.