Dr. Lida O. Meredith First Female Doctor to Practice in Dorchester County
She was a pioneer throughout her life and, with the addition of her portrait to Dorchester General Hospital’s “Hall of Fame,” continues to be a pioneer decades after her death. Dr. Lida Orem Meredith, the first female doctor to practice medicine in Dorchester County, became the first female doctor to have her portrait added to the DGH hallway featuring other physicians and leaders who have made significant contributions to the Dorchester County medical community.
Dr. Meredith was born in Bucktown in 1895 and passed away at the age of 57. She specialized in women’s and children’s health and spent much of her medical career serving her community in Dorchester County.
“She lived a life so full, it is hard to see how she fit it all in,” said James Meredith, her great-nephew. “She had a love of learning and a love of service that inspired many other women to pursue their own careers in medicine.”
Dr. Meredith’s portrait, which was commissioned by the family, was created by local artist George Wright.
“It is a very special occasion when we can honor one of our own and the legacy that she continues to carry today. The walls of our hospital carry so much history and the addition of Dr. Meredith’s likeness to those walls is a historic day for all of us,” said Ken Kozel, President and CEO, Shore Health System, at a portrait unveiling ceremony on February 14. “Dr. Meredith’s commitment and service is apparent and the Meredith family continues to carry forth that legacy today. We are so grateful to celebrate of her life and her legacy by adding her portrait to the hall of doctors at Dorchester General Hospital.”
In photo: Family, friends and Shore Health System representatives celebrate the life of Dr. Lida O. Meredith, the first female doctor to practice in Dorchester County at a portrait unveiling, recently. Pictured from left are Betty Mills, niece of Dr. Meredith; George Wright, artist; Anna Ruth Penn, niece; Jay Meredith, great-nephew; Ken Kozel, President and CEO, Shore Health System; Ida Jane Baker, President, Dorchester General Hospital Foundation and Jerry Walsh, Chief Operating Officer, Shore Health System.