Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho on February 27, 1976 · Page 56
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Several members of the swimming team sponsored by the Nampa Parks and Recreation Department. Says parks and recreation director More city facilities needed \ N A M P A - O v e r the years (he 6'ampii Parks and Recreation Department has expanded its facilities to include a parks Jystern. c o m m u n i t y meeting {laces, classes and recreational Activities. But Wendell ibristensen, direclor of the c epartmenl, said that the plans (on't slop [here. ; In the future, Christensen 1 ppes to see the development of i municipal golf course, and he r oted that commillees have t een working on I he project for r _arly a year, trying lo find a [ ickage of land and then raise I ie necessary funds. Other future needs include the osvelopmenl of a new com- n unity center thai can be U ilized by more people. "The 0 -esenl center is now H years o d and it was developed from the old fire station with the help and cooperation of clubs and organizations, as well as individuals in Nampa." "The problem now is that we have outgrown it, and we need room for an indoor archery and rifle range, teen cenler, indoor swimming pool, more arts and crafts facilities, drama and music facilities, and room for organizations to meet," he said. But the fact thai the community needs still more recreational facilities shouldn't overshadow what has already been accomplished, according to Christensen. "Many facilities in our parks system have already been constructed and we have playground equipment in all the parks,ball facilities, fireplace areas, tennis and horsehoe courts, parking areas and landscaping," he said. "We have all the many ingredients necessary for a park or playgound." Chrislenscn considers the purchase and development of Lincoln Park as a major a c h i e v e m e n t . "We have a s w i m m i n g pool, t e n n i s and basketball courts, and lighted picnic areas." Olher improvements in the Nampa parks system include construction of tennis courts and a lighted softball field at Kurlz Park; development of the Indian Creek Housing Playground. City Acres Playground and the Hunter Playground, with grass, trees and new equipment; landscaping of the City Hall park, including a transplanted spruce tree which now serves as a community Christmas tree; and (he purchase and development al West School Park. Christensen said that the West School Park is a joint project of the B u r e a u (if Outdoor Recreation, the Nampa School Dislricl and the Cily Parks and Hucrcation D e p a r t m e n t . The Civitan Club iind Ihu Count r y m e n ' s C l u b have also assisted. Now in Ihe fourth year of a seven-year program. West Park has seen many improvements. A Softball field, baskelball and lennis courls and regulalion baseball field have been constructed and trees and shrubs have been planted. During tlie iicxl four years lights will be installed on the lennis courls and a jugging path w i l h slop stations w i l l be completed. Covered picnic and fireplace areas will be built and more playground ec(uipment will be installed. "Nampa has (he start of a good parks system," Christensen said, "and we will continue to work for slill another neighborhood school park, soulh of the city. In addition we hope to c o n t i n u a l l y upgrade and develop more facilities ;is money will allow. "Nampa is growing at a fast pace," he noted, "and more and more demands are being made upon the d e p a r t m e n t . Only through Ihecommunily working together, in a united effort, can our goals be obtained." Mercy Medical Center's directors face many challenging decisions I ; . . - . - I - : w t = , - i : ? . u l ^ f TM Sf-,···-;«;·,.; i *·"·'.· " · " ": . By Kenl Jewell N A M P A - C o m m u n i t y dance and leadership have aped and molded Mercy idical Cenler in ils growth and pansion. This community support is rticularly evident in the tory of Mercy's governing bfard. It is exemplified, for ample, in a newspaper story November 28, 1910, reported "My Home Town" by Annie L urie Bird: 'It was regularly moved and s :onded that a committee be pointed lo investigate the visability of p r o m o t i n g a mpa hospital, as the ablishment of such an in- tution would be a great c«ivenience. and serve lo retain th}! Nampa money which under pnesent conditions is leaving the cinmunity for hospital services add professional assistance elsewhere. II would f u r t h e r serve to bring more monies to thjs city, and for these reasons, il would greatly benefit the vicinity. J'A committee was appointed (oj make immediate steps to investigate and, if found advisable, lo promote said in- stvtution. Those appointed to sej-ve were Messrs. J S. Hickey, C.{L. Robbins and H. D. Bowker, Jr/' Today's board of directors is faced ' w i t h challenging decisions The total c o m - mitment with which they approach the problems lies in Ihe heritage and tradition handed down lo Ihem. Mercy is a not-for-profit hospital which means thai all revenues above operalional cosls are used to retire long- term obligations such as expansion, property payments and equipment purchases. This also means that membership on Ihe board is a public service, and that community-minded citizens serving terms of office do so because they feel strongly about the interests of the hospital, ils patients and their community. Mercy's board of directors is primarily responsible for establishing sound f i n a n c i a l management practices within the hospital, and adopting m o d e r n m a n a g e m e n t techniques leading to hospital programs. Almost from (he time the Sisters of Mercy assumed the responsibility of Nampa's tiny hospital in 1917, community leaders have been involved in the process of supporting, guiding and expanding the Nampo General Hospital. Whenever the future of (he , . . . .. . .. .: '\J o.i'.I 1 ', .11 hospital was i n . doubt, its citizens rallied to (lie cause.' One of many examples of this support is shown in the newspaper article saying the hospital, which had been managed by Ihe railro;id, was to be moved lo Kmmell. Several community physicians, together with whal might today be called a board of directors, agreed to conlinue the h o s p i t a l ' s services. The newspaper account indicates the level of concern among these community leaders: "We are crowded all the l i m e with patients anil Ihe hospital will pay for iselfin a short lime if we can lake charge of it." Members of Mercy's board of directors include: Sisler Mary Michael Regan Sisler Mary Cecelia Aiclicr Sister Mary Laurence Gowan Sister Mary Alphonsus Mulryan Sisler Mary Majella Desrosicrs Sister M a r y Aloysius Filzpatrick Sisler Mary Mercedes Culhane Sisler Mary Dolores Galicgos Sisler Mary Austin O'Uonohoe Sisler Mary Kevin Kirwan Sisler Mary Clare Cliffnril Sister Margaret MaryMcnard Sisler Mary Josephine Collins Sisler Mary lgn;iliih I'.racly Sisler Uila Oh. ··: Sister Ruth Marie Del.ellis Holz f'A Catherine Simeon Sapo * Sister Mary Annunciala Blcnkle Sister Mary Mnrlina Woulfe Sisler Mary Kieran llarnny Mr. Koberl Van Home Mr. Louis Keichart Sisler Eileen Uarretl Sister Mary Terese Tracy Sister Mary Eileen Moore Sisler Mary St. John Hall W.B.Ross.M.D. Sister Marianne Hilton Sister Mary Jacquetta Taylor Mr. Howard Miller " Mr. W. F. Yost Mr. Wayne Cornils While names and operational objectives change w i t h the years, the basic function of Mercy's board of directors remains constant. This is Ihe heritage thai each board passes to its successor. Simply staled, the respon- sihililies of the board include: 111 To determine Mercy's objectives and major policies; (2) To assure lhal major plans and programs are designed lo mcel objectives; (3) To establish a suitable organization for couducting the board's activities; M* To review and approve the organizational patterns of the hospital; (ll To maintain a qualified medical staff; Sister Mary Alphonsus Mulryan and nurses are pictured in 1925, two years ifter the first graduation exercises were I leld for Mercy's nurses training school. Serving The Treasure Va//ey For Over 30 Years GREENHOUSE NURSERY COMPLETE LANDSCAPE SERVICE * EVERGREENS * FRUIT TREES * SHRUBS * SHADE A ORNAMENTAL TREES * BERRY PLANTS* ROSES * BEDDING PLANTS Lovely Selection of House Plants and Mexican Pottery Ask About The New HYDRO-SEEDED LAWNS.' 466-1977 CALDWELL BLVD. Church formed in 1906 NAMPA - "We do not cliim to be the only Chrifliuis but Christians only," reads a historical statement issued by Ihe Kirst Christian Church of Nampa. Organized in 1906 with 32 original numbers, the First Chrislian Church of Nampa is a local congregation a f f i l i a t e d with a worldwide brotherhood known as The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). It had its beginnings in the early eighteen hundreds in the United Slates as a movement :'comni tied lo tb* unlt/ipf (tod.y people, according to the stalehtcn'l. 'The statement further reidt, "Wf are a people who are biblically oriented, believing that we have in God's word the information necessary lo properly relate us to God. We are completely autonomous as» congregation making and implementing our own policies and program yel cooperating fully with sister congregations in the work of the church beyond the local level. ''Our missionary, benev*lenl and educational programs are carried on cooperatively through agencies we have called into being for that purpose and which are answerable to the Brotherhood as a whole. "We subscribe wholeheartedly to such basic statements of our forefalheri as: 'No creeds but Christ, no book but the Bible.' 'In etsen tials unity, in nor essentials, liberty of opinion, in all things love.'" The Nampa First Christian Church as it appeared in 1906, above, and in1949, below. concerning expansion,' construction and growth; (HI Tu provide for long-rango financial stability; (9l To safeguard hospital assel.s; (1) To pslahlish and approve broad policies concerning hospital relationships with external, community groups; (111 To analyze and evaluate HIP Intul hospital system including all activities and services. On May 18. 1917, what might today be considered as Iho hospilnl hoard i)f directors, slated "The directors of the Nampa General Hospital have completed arrangements by which the institution will lie lurncrf over lo the Sisters of Mercy on June 1." While tlie board of 1917 may nol have been able to pinpoint the 11 guidelines followed by today's board, more than likely the 1917 directors unknowingly used many or all nf the above c r i t e r i a in m a k i n g Ilieir decisions. 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