Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho on February 27, 1976 · Page 54
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Nampa, Idaho
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ihe Idaho Free Press, Friday, February 27.1976 - n-c Sisters first lived in tent Hospital's heritage lies in people y K W * " h ., act Spread lo a " parts ot insliluli ° n w"l be turned over to pl , S | 57 years Mercy " secure and quiet environment. . ..*- ~ . v j ir. ku ,^ u . x.1,',1-1, nua Since needs and care do not eooie who have eivcn " n r '",""," U T,"'" , The news story added lhal "The grown and expanded with HID remain slalionary, there must ' to serve the Dwnle r\ · ' ^ ' wo ,j; wrsE ? fler S ' sle ' s , u ' ou ' d Ia!e »'«· t)le Banging needs of the com- be reassessment of the patient's 10 serve tne people Catherine's death, Sisler hospital without any guarantee munity. ,,,,,,.:.:,.., «.^ --,,..".. .j v a In May i9n Reverend j . - . - j- condition and necessary ad- came with lwo for support; that they w.ould in 1932,.« M5.000 medical justmenls made at frequent eis S \ l tastor of q fl im "·· er ^'e^ of Mercy to Penn- assume all responsibility for its facility was completed bringing irilervals. .ui's'calho^ Church Tn' fc^l^S! S^ 1 $"***% !k w «»'«·* **- " The center includes coronary in Bishopof Pittsburg. Destined by cease to operate, all equipment 1958, a $450,000 expansion was and medical intensive care, six a m m wni ripeciaipd hu t\ia u i f n, · ' ,--' , ,-. r ..,.-... i ^ j u , u ri^u,uw c.\pdiiaiuu wtt.s anu uicuicai initfibive care, six idinpa, was aeiegaiea oy the her zeal for Christ to cover more turned over lo Ihem would be completed brineina Ihe bed beds- and sureical intemivp oard of Ihe Nampa General miln? ihan ui P=,,I TM,i f n ,, n ^ i,,m»Hhnni, (n n,.«j,,,. n « j it,., ,,_T.,. .' '.". Bm S lne ... Dea reas ' « na surgical intensive ie hospilal in Nampa. The history of Ihe Catholic Church In lammrnnr.rilHncnii-;i..Mhn, iu""i/ T'JV , K \ ^ c a u l u m n of 1917 l n e enclosed staircase'and ad- require post observation in a rrjmT^roneSlw nn T,"!' 1 S ' a t e S ' f , , "??' " cws P?P? r E rinlcd a sl «y niinislrative offices was com- higherlevelof nursing care than Srnrt,,^p n?,r«.« ivi?i J'c? Amer ! c ?" (oundf , f ; s i of whlch read The slsters "' pl«l«l. In May 1958, Ihe Most that provided in nursing units, graduate nurses, \ \ h i l e e.x- the Sislers of Mercy, which is 'Mercy have made such splendid Reverend James J. Brync I n t e r m e d i a l e care areas S, nt Lf rC W3S ?1VC "' 9 ? C l lh ! Ia . rg 1 sl English-speuking success in managing the Bishop of Boise, dedicated the provided include intermediate ^nd other expenses «-ere so high order in the world, Initiated Ihe hospilal (hat facilities are new wing. coronary care six in the special fliaiint! board was having dif- phenomenal development which becoming inadequate. A fund is On March 27,1967, ground was care cenler and intermediate jycuilies in financing the in- resulted in approximately JO.OOO being launched for (he erection broken for a new $3.5 million surgical care six located on Ihe ?"'^"n. members in l,000convents in Ihe of a hospital suitable lo Ihe 120-bed hospital. When (he doors fourth floor $ The Sislers of Mercy accepted United Stales within a lillle over needs of Nampa." opened in September, 1968, Ihe A special care committee, jljie offer under the leadership of 100 years. Then in the summer of 1917, value of the hospilal and its composed of members ap- aiolher Mary Ignatius Brady. Coming to the United States public minded citizens started a equipment had increased to over pointed by the chief of staff to Sisler Mary Alpnonsus Mulryan. from Ireland, at a crucial point movement for a new hospilal. $5 million include Ihe directors and co- f ister Mary Bonavcnlure Earle. in Ihe development of America, Community-wide fund drives to The hospital presently is one directors of Ihe special care Sisler Mary Raphael Rohrer Frances Warde endured in- support and expand Ihe hospital of Ihe most complele in Ihe area, center meets on a regular basis jnil bister Mary S t a n i s l a u s credible hardships, traveling were nol new to N a m p a . A 30-bed rehabilitation unit was Nursing supervisors and ad- .· elers arrived in Nampa on from Maine lo California by Whenever the Nampa General added in 1971, complete wilh ministration are also members " a . y ^ J i y Wer !i " a g o n : l r l d » " r t t o e s ! a b l i s h Hospilal needed financial physical therapy, occupational The committee is responsible i-elcomed by Ihe mayor and hospitals, schools, and or- supporl, the townspeople therapy, speech therapy, and for review and revision of Businessmen of the cily. as well phanages where none existed, responded. On June i t , 1917, the palienl and family counseling special care policies recom- jjs by the hospital board. Two Subjected lo cold, hunger and Nampa Century Club launched a In addition, home health care mendations for purchase of I I The Sisters of Mercy arrived in Narppa irUhe, soring of 1917 and converted the Cushman residence into a hopsitat'these'earfy, photos also show the tent the Sisters lived in behid the new medical facility. c Jys later, the Sisters took c large of (he Nampa General 1 )spital The Sisters' hospilal was. in r ality. a frame building located a the corner of Ninth Street and Seventh Avenue South. Townspeople were accustomed tj calling the structure the Cjishman residence. Members o^ Ihe Hospilal Board had toured tlje house earlier and staled "nol much remodeling will be njtcessary, bul Ihe needed changes can be made so lhal the hjspital will be ready." For lwo a»d one half years, the Sisters of ^ercy cared for the sick of Ihe c o m m u n i t y under Ihe most ajverse circumstances. They tljemselves lived in a lenl winler aijd summer, and frequently wjere compelled to crowd as nwnv as 14 patients in their tiny hospital. 'Earlier remodeling of (heir hospilal had provided for the use ofone room as a combination k'rtchcn-nursery, a room equipped lo perform surgery, add Ihe remaining four to be us^ed as palienl rooms. Sacrifices were not something nj»w to the Sislers. Their heritage was one of faith, and of overcoming hardships. Jlhe Sisters of Mercy had come lo Pncalello from Salt L^ke City. Utah, in 1916. The fifst Sister of Mercy, Catherine JJcAuley. was born in Dublin. Ireland in 1781. Al the age of 40, sfie was left a small fortune wjiich she dedicated entirely to lire service of Ihe poor. Ihe sick and lo Ihe education of young w^men. She established the firsl Ihusc of Mercy on Baggell Sfreel in Dublin. {Many women gathered around her who desired to dedicate their liyes lo the service of (hose in nfced. It was not common al that titne lo see nuns visiting in homes, hospitals, and jaits, and sj Ihe Sisters of Mercy came to bf called Ihe "Walking Nuns." Immediately aflcr establishing l i e Sislers of Mercy. Sisler M a r y Catherine McAuley and hfr associates were called upon lo care for Ihe sick during a cfcolera epidemic. The d scriplion of that care in- :ates why they became loved al), Calhtrine McAuley lived a Sister of Mercy for only 10 ars. She died in 18-11. By lhal ti ne, there were approximately 1(0 Sisters of Mercy and her poverty. Ihe Sisters of Mercy moved north, east, south and wesl. never abandoning a mission they had founded. They ransomed slaves in pre-Civil War days, served on battlefields of (he North and South during the Civil War, served on Indian reservations and died in Ihe service of victims of cholera and other diseases. They also succumbed to tuberculosis because of poor nutrition, bul their numbers were always replenished. In 1854, a small group of Sisters of Mercy came lo Omaha, Nebraska, which is now the province headquarters to which Ihe Sisters in Nampa are affiliated. When Hie Sisters arrived in Nampa in Ihe spring of 1917. Ihey brought w i t h Ihcm a wealth of knowledge from llieir heritage of conquering hardships. Through (he years, the Sislers of Mercy have continued their heritage of leadership and influence al Mercy. On May 18. 19'l7, the com- munily newspaper stated "The directors of the Nampa General Hospital have completed arrangements by which the Hospital Tag Day. Their efforts nelled §302. In line winter of that '.year. Ihe hospilal underwent a reorganization, and a slock c o m p a n y known as Nampa General Hospital, Ud.. was incorporated by. Helen L a u d c r b o u g h , Olive I.auder- bough, Hugh P. Ross, J.H. Murray. George A.O. Kellogg, S.D. Calonge and Frank Eslabrook, Jr. The slock company slarled ils public campaign for a new hospilal with $5,000 capital. The campaign netted S25.000 through subscription and the Sisters agreed lo assume the remainder of the debl for Ihe Nampa property. Croumlbre.iliitig for Ihe town's new hospital was held on December 9, 1!H8. Eleven months later, on November 11, 1919, the hospital was opened to the public. In 1921, the Mercy Medical Staff was organized wilh George 0. Kellogg, M.D., as the firsl chief of staff. Perhaps this was (he point in lime in which the N a m p a C o m m u n i t y really launched ils heritage record in connection with the growth of Mercy Medical Cenler. In the and meals on wheels programs expand Ihe hospital's commitment to the community. On October 23, 1975, dedication ceremonies were held at Mercy for the opening of the Kleiner Special Care Cenler. The cenler functions on the principle thai total care of the individual aculcly-ill patienl can best be provided by Ihe physician-nurse team approach. 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Under the leadership of Sister Mary Terese Tracy, administrator, Mercy's heritage nf fulfillment of unmet community needs has been continued with tlie completion of the special care center. The progress in patient care facilities has transformed the Nampa General Hospilal of 1917 lo the 162-bed acute care hospital now located on 12th Avenue Road. Ground breaking for the new Nampa General Hospital was held on December 9, 1918. In 1921 the Mercy Medical staff was organized with George 0. Kellogg, M.D., as chief of staff. On November 11, 1919, the Nampa General Hospital was opened to the public and offered modern, private rooms such as this one to its patients. Makesiirc there's an inflation hedge planted in your business insurance. Some insurance com- panics rmiliL-ell ynuthri'Oorfour policies lo pto- u-ct y o u r inisi- nes. However S A F E C O I'.in ;.'ivi vmi all the uroiecluin yon nt'fd in one liuirif:s TIP -Mil! why · ihvavs ,-,-i Proitciion Plan. 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