The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 2, 1966 · Page 5
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, May 2, 1966
Page 5
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Blvthcvl!!* (Ark.) Courier News - Monday, May t. MM- P«ge Flv« Space Age Hospital Being Sick Is Half the Fun ; By TOM NOLAN Newspaper Enterprise As»n. i LONG BEACH, Calif. * i(NEA) — Though astronaut Gus Grissom might not b« able to] to its baling »s the country s find room in the parking lot for irst "Space Age" hospital, his spacecraft, Long Beach's Indeed, where «—=•«''* •« Memorial Hospital is living up 1117 WEST MAIN Save On Your Dry Cleaning & Ask About Our FREE BOX STORAGE SPECIAL! Tue. - Wed. - Thurs. May 3-4-5 PANTS SKIRTS < SWEATERS SUITS DRESSES Shirt* Beautifully Laondwod - Folded or Banter 1117 WEST MAIN , is con cerned, Memorial seems to have extra • sensory perception. While other hospital staffs nervously tried to calculate how overtaxed their facilities would w this July 1 when Medicare goes into effect, Memorial's was throwing open a new 86- bed wing specifcally designed to meet the needs of the aged. Aimed at helping the patient recover faster by stimulating lim to participate in his own care, the new wing — called Memorial West - has the remarkable feature of a daily room rate 30 per cent cheaper than that of the main hospital. Basically, it's designed for patients who have passed the acute stage of an illness and who are at least capable of being taught how to fend for themselves. The reduced cost, of course, stems from the fact that it takes fewer people to run Memorial less comfort or safety for the West, but this doesn't mean less comfort or safety for the patients. Omitted, generally, are the unnecessary chores that somehow seem to be standard in most hospitals - like taking the temperature every four hours of a patient with a broken leg. Like the main building, the new wing is styled in nonin- stitutional decor. It neither looks nor smells like a hospital. At first glance, it appears to be a typical southern California high - rise apartment, squeezed in between the Los Angeles- San DiegoFreeway and several Signal Hill oil derricks which are still operating. Inside the rooms — both private and semiprivate — look as if they belong in a motel. Each patient has his own television set, telephone, coffee maker, intercom (nurses are on around • the - clock duty at the other end) and motorized bed which can be raised, low e red or folded into sitting position at the touch of a button. All meals are served In a central dining room (freeing nurses from the breakfast-in bed routine). Patients choose tbeir meals four hours in advance from a large menu. Physical features of the wing include indoor and outdoor rec- erational therapy exercise areas a sauna bath, whirlpools and a 40-foot therapy pool with near body - temperature water The recovery through self-help and therapy aspects seems well- designed for the average Medicare patient. Many people, including Sen -Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, feel that the new law may create as many problems as It solves — mainly because it is coming into effect at a time when U. S. hospitals and medical facilities are already overcrowded. "The estimate now Is that from the aged there will be an increase In demand for medical services of 20 per c c nt," says Kennedy. "This means S per cent Increase in the overall national d e mand for health care." But Memorial has been anticipating problems ever since it opened in I960. Through its pioneering use of electronic equipment and new techniques, the 620-bed institution quickly gained a reputation as the "Space Age" hospital. Financed by a National Institutes of Health grant, the hospital is now in the third year of an extensive computer-based information system study. The findings could set a pattern for hospital usage of computers in both the patient care and accounting fields. 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