Edward Hand Medical Heritage Foundation
  The Foundation’s People and Its Inspiration.

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Above: A doctor’s medical field kit



The Edward Hand Medical Heritage Foundation was founded in 1982 with a mission to preserve and make accessible the rich heritage of the healing arts with special attention given to Lancaster County. Meet our 2017 Board of Directors:

BOARD MEMBERS & Volunteers, EHMHF, Effective January 1, 2017

Marlene Arnold, PhD (2015-2018/2021), Education
Norman Axelrod, DO (2017-2020/2023), Finance/Develop.
John Bowman, MD (2017-2020/2023), Collect. V. Treasurer
Laurence Carroll, MD, (2014-2017/2020, Chair, Educ.
Joseph Byorick (2016-2018/2021), Finance
Lynn Dolan, DDS (2015-2017/2020), Collections
Susan C. Eckert, (2017-2020), President
John Gareis, MD (2016-2018/2021), Marketing
Barton Halpern, MD (2017-2020/2023), V. President
William Hunt, MD (2017-2020/2023), Chair, Market.
Matthew Malick (2014-2016/2019), Chair, Finance
Alan S. Peterson, MD, (2013-2015/2018), Educ./Publ.
Meyric Rogers, (2015-2017/2020), Mark/Dev., Treas.
Frederick Saunders, MD (2017-2020/2023, Ed. News
Thomas Saunders, DPM (2017-2020/2023), Collect
Angie Stephenson, CPA (2014-2017/2020), Finance
Louise Stevenson, PhD (2016-2018/2021), Education
David Weston, MD (2017-2020/2023), Collections
William Wheatly, Esq. (2013-2016/2019), By-Laws



Ex-Officio Members:

Jennifer Groff, President, LGH Foundation
Samuel Slaymaker, Director, Rock Ford Plantation
Matthew Sternberg, Chair, Marietta Vaccine Farm Museum
Heather Tennes, Archivist, LancasterHistory.org

Volunteer Committee Members:

Joan Boben, RN, Marketing, Secretary
Laurence Bonchek, MD, Education
J. Kenneth Brubaker, MD, Education
Ryan Byorick, Marketing, (webmaster)
Paul Gschwend, MD, Finance
William Jefferson, Marketing
John Lines, Marketing
Thomas J. Miller, MD, Collections
Carl J. Manelius, Collections, Co-Chair
William McCann, MD, Collections
Clark McSparren, MD, Collections

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Born in Ireland in 1744, Edward Hand acquired a medical education, came to America as a Surgeon’s Mate with the 18th Royal Irish Regiment of Foot in 1767, and was stationed at Fort Pitt. In 1774, he sold his commission, established a medical practice in Lancaster, PA and married well-to-do Katherine Ewing. In 1775, Hand joined the Revolution against Great Britain as a Lieutenant Colonel of the First Pennsylvania Regiment. While stationed at Fort Pitt in 1777, Hand established a hospital to care for the troops. He served throughout the war, rose to the rank of general and brigade commander, appointed to the prestigious role as Washington’s Adjutant General, and was present at Yorktown in 1781, with the surrender of the British Army. Hand was promoted to Major General, and in 1783, resigned to return to Lancaster where he developed a successful medical practice. As one of Lancaster’s most prominent citizens, he was elected to serve in various political roles, including Chief Burgess of Lancaster, member of the Continental Congress, and signer of the Pennsylvania State Constitution. He was one of the founders of the 1799 Lancaster County Almshouse and hospital. In 1802, he died of cholera at his Rock Ford Plantation. He was buried in St. James Episcopal Church’s Cemetery. Although Edward and Katherine Hand had eight children, and several had early deaths, only two of their children produced heirs.