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Hospital cornerstone laying

Mrs. Kellogg Fairbank, President Robert M. Hutchins, Dr. Joseph B. DeLee, and Mrs. Mortimer Singer, Chicago Lying-In Hospital cornerstone laying, November 5, 1929. DeLee established Lying-In as an independent Chicago hospital in 7895 to make modern obstetric methods and sanitation available to indigent mothers. The hospital's low death rates helped convince mothers to give birth in hospitals rather than at home. Affiliation with the University gave the hospital a new building on the Midway, and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology was founded with DeLee as head.