A Time for Improvements
During Dr. A.E. Crane’s tenure as Surgeon-in-Chief from 1912-1916, a number of improvements were made at the Shreveport Charity Hospital. New beds and linens were purchased, a new operating room and a new delivery room were added, the kitchen and dining room were improved, and a new elevator was installed.
Private contributions from Mrs. Adah Vinson DeLay, Shreveport philanthropist, built and furnished a baby ward, which included the first baby incubator in the city. Mrs. DeLay, daughter of Shreveport mayor Richard Tucker Vinson and widow of Times editor Cyril Scott DeLay, was also responsible for placing hundreds of orphaned and abandoned children in loving homes.