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Mildred "Polly" Hesterberg

Portrait of Mildred Polly Hesterberg
Mildred "Polly" Hesterberg
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Date: 1998
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 34.5 x 25.5 in.
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Mildred "Polly" Hesterberg

1929-

Hesterberg, a director of pediatric nursing at Johns Hopkins, graduated from the Church Home and Hospital School of Nursing in 1952.

Hesterberg served as head nurse for pediatric nursing at Baltimore City Hospital from 1953 to 1954, and head nurse at Kuakini Hospital in Honolulu from 1954 to 1956. She then joined the Baltimore City Hospital School of Nursing as an instructor in pediatric nursing.

In 1961, Hesterberg was appointed an instructor in pediatric nursing at The Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing. She stayed until 1966, then took a break to raise her children. In 1968, Hesterberg became coordinator of the Parent Living-In Program for Johns Hopkins’ Children’s Medical and Surgical Center. During her tenure, she helped smooth relationships between physicians and families, and conducted regular classes about how hospital employees could be more responsive to the needs of families. For this, she was frequently referred to as the “Mother of the Children’s Center.” She retired from this position in 1999.

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