Wednesday, June 1, 2016

This Month in Rochester History

In June 1966, leaders of the Rochester community gathered to celebrate the cornerstone laying for the suburban unit of Crittenton Hospital on University Drive.  The first full-service hospital to serve the area was welcomed and eagerly anticipated by citizens who were accustomed to traveling to Pontiac, Mount Clemens or Detroit for their acute health care needs.  Thus, when Crittenton Hospital of Detroit announced plans to build a suburban unit, village and township officials lobbied to have the facility located here.  Howard L. McGregor, Jr., vice-president of the hospital board of trustees and chairman of the fundraising committee for the Rochester location, presided over the cornerstone ceremony and U.S. Senator Robert Griffin delivered the keynote address on that memorable day.


  1. Acutally, Crittenton Hospital was built in Avon Township (now Rochester Hills) on Walton Blvd., and used a "Rochester" mailing address. It was not located in the village, and later, city of Rochester. University Drive is only one mile long and exists only in the city of Rochester. When Avon Township became the city of Rochester Hills, the hospital continued to use a "University Drive, Rochester" mailing address. This is quite obvious because the businesses directly across the street (Red Olive restaurant, etc) use a "Walton Blvd" address.

  2. The hospital was built on land Mr.McGregor donated.