Postville Herald from Postville, Iowa on January 25, 1961 · Page 15
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Postville Herald from Postville, Iowa · Page 15

Postville, Iowa
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Wednesday, January 25, 1961
Page 15
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New, Modern Equipment In X-Ray Room Page Seven Community Memorial Hospital Edition POSTVILLE (Iowa) HERALD Wednesday, January 25, 1961 A Report By The New Hospital Building Chairman By: E. W. Kozelka Building Committee Chairman (Editor's note—The following report is presented to Show some of the work and problems faced in bringing to completion the new, modern Community Hospital). - — x-ray room operate this equipment. The Photo by Lutz Studio. definition of committee persons appointed or take action upon some Etf| business; a person to Kmc trust or charge is com- felifmost apt when used to _lftttie work of the many Hjiffesponsible citizens who ,»eir time and efforts in Bfaonl with the Community , Jospital. From the time •UMd was sown to the final p)jdq|of the building, various e been directing from scenes. [committee was activated ipital Board of Trustees |jtuu |r, 1958 after a letter was •dftjjrom ihc State Dcpart- BiraieaHh which stated in ^te|present hospital license b^renewed for the present •£,Wil the contract for the BUiJtyg has been let." The After several months of plan ning and fund raising, bids were received and contracts awarded for the construction of a new area hospital. In mid-March two truckloads' of material arrived for the Scheid Plumbing and Heating Company of Rochester, Minnesota. A few days later two storage sheds were built in which hospital materials would be stored. The next week Nels Johnson Con struction Company of Winona, Min nesota erected a general office and storage shed. Freeman Electric Company of Indpendence also erec ted temporary storage space at the site of the new hospital. On April 9, 1959 heavy machinery; and trucks began clearing the site Central Supply Area For The Hospital Hospital Trustees, A. L. Peterson, and Madson were hired as archi- LolliS Schutte and John Kittleson, tects. The members of the town and Hospital Treasurer, the late L. council were charged with the legal O. Beucher set up a planning com- responsibility of building the hos- mittee for the new hospital. Serving pital . . . Lloyd Schroeder, Mayor; on this committee were: E. W. Burr Cook. Hubert Luhman, Stan Kozelka, John Falb, Stan Schroe- Schroeder. C. C. Hoth, and the late der, C. W. DeGarmo. Dr. M. F. Elrie Ruckdaschel. councilmen. Klesau, Mrs. Walter Dummermuth, The finance committee set up a Mrs. Truman Overeen, Miss Ra -i schedule of 10 weeks to raise the linda Lammert, and Harm J. I sum of $185,000.00. At the end of Kramer. j the period, pledges received In March, 1958 a number of : amounted to $280,058.24 meetings of the trustees and the planning committee were held. The | advisory board was divided into a building committee and finance committee. The building commit- j tee was composed of: John Kittle- j son, Louis Schutte, E. W. Kozelka,, John Falb, C. C. Hoth. and Mrs.! Dummermuth. The finance com- 1 mittee was named as follows: A. L. j ; Peterson, Harm Kramer, and the] late E. C. Ruckdaschel. Ralinda Lammert. Stan Schroeder, Dr. M. F.j Kiesau, G, R. Smith, the late L. O .j Beucher, and W. A. Kneeland. Mrs. I Truman Overeen was named sccre- p j ta i j s your hospital. Plan to visit tary; C. W. DeGarmo was named tn |tne ncw building and see the fa- the publicity and brochure com-; c jij t j es offered for the care of the mittee. -sick in this area. A site was then chosen south of j Lull's Park and Thoreson, Thoreson j Open House Saturday and Sunday. With construction ready to start, the town council established a building committee to include: Ed Kozelka. chairman. John Kittleson. Bug Peglow of Monona, John Falb. and the late Elrie Ruckdaschel. At the death of Mr. Ruckdaschel. the council appointed Leonard Casten in his place. This building committee, along with the town council, has been in charge of the construction supervision at the hospital. The Community Memorial Hos- The central Sterile room is the central supply area for the hospital. It contains a steam sterilizer unit, one of four in the building, and a large still for distilling water. The walls are lined With shelving for supplies. Photo by Lutz Studio. Ie Are Proud . . . OF OUR NEW Community Memorial " We would like to extend our sincere congratulations to the contributors of this area whose generous help provided the community with- this fine new hospital. - 1 We at Hall Roberts' Son are proud to have had a part in 'helping to provide this modern structure for the care of the \eick. Plan now to attend Open House Ceremonies: SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 1:00 to 5:30 p. m. — Open House. 7:30 p. m. — Dedication service at All Purpose Room — Grade School. SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 1:00 p. m. — Cornerstone laying at New Hospital. 1:00 to 9:00 p. m. — Open House. Hall Roberts* Son m 86 4-7421 POSTVILLE, IOWA E. W. Kozelka of trees and shrubs. Materials began to arrive. Stakes were driven outlining the hospital building. After several days, excavation was completed and the footings were marked out. After an inspection by the building committee and a conference with the architect, it was decided that the footings should be enlarged to strengthen the hospital foundation. Sewer lines were laid, electrical and waterlines were rising, and soon the foundation walls were poured. Construction went forward at a fast pace as weather conditions were ideal. We were ready to start pouring the floor when our first mishap occurred, one of the walls in the heat tunnel collapsed. This was soon replaced with a heavy, well reinforced wall section. At this point construction began to lag for about a month. As soon as the floor was poured, the bricklayers moved in and the building began to rise above the ground level. Room walls were being laid and you could now visualize the size of the rooms and the general layout of the building. On several occasions 'bricklayers were required to tear out brick previously laid, and re-lay same on account of mis-matched brick or poor workmanship. Weekly visits were made during the construction of the building, by the architect, and when requested extra visits were made for inspection purposes. At various times during the pouring of concrete walls and floor slabs, samples were taken and sent to a commercial laboratory for testing to check that it met all required specifications. Construction continued at a rapid pace and soon the building walls were completed, the roof decking was in place. Cold weather was upon us, and all efforts were put forth to get the building enclosed and ready to heat, so that construction could continue through the winter months. Delays were caused by the inability of the roofing eon tractor to get materials. About January, 1960 the roof was completed to a point that inside work could continue, although progress was slowed on account of the cold weather, and the lack of co-ordina tion between the contractors, and sub-contractors. Soon the plastering contractor arrived and plastered the building. Each month' we could get a better picture of how our hospital would look. When the plastering was com'- pleted, progress continued as the plumbing and heating fixtures were being placed. Doors were hung, the elevator installed, painters were painting, and the floor tile was laid. Then the rains came, and during one of the heavy rains a portion of the building was saturated, causing replacement of ac- coustical tile and plastered ceilings, along with a repainting job. Progress was slowed down at this point awaiting word from the insurance companies to proceed with the necessary replacements. Problems which slowed down production were finally ironed out and progress began to be made again. About mid-December a preliminary inspection was made by the building committee, the board of trustees, the town council, and the architect. The final punch list was prepared and issued to the various contractors. Early in January fixtures were being placed about the building, and each day it began to change the appearance of the building. We have both single and double rooms. The double rooms are equipped with wood folding doors, which give privacy when needed. Each room has a two-way speaker system, connecting the patient to the nurses station, thus making it possible for a patient to speak with the nurse, without her coming to the room. Telephone connections are provided in each room. The building is' air-conditioned throughout. Television facilities are available in each patient room. During the past few weeks we have been visited by doctors and people who are and have been connected with nursing staffs, and we have been complimented by them as having one of the most modern, well planned hospitals that they have seen. We have a very well constructed building, and a hospital of .which the area can well 'be proud. In addition to the hospital, we have a chapel adjoining the building proper. This is a fine addition to our hospital facilities, and will give patients and friends who call, a fine place to spend their time in quiet meditation. I should like to take this op­ portunity to express my appreciation to the members of the building committee: John Kittleson, John Falb, Bud Peglow, Leonard Casten and the late Elrie Ruckdaschel, for their fine cooperation, and the- many hours that were spent during the construction of this hospital. I believe that this is one of the finest, well constructed hospitals in the area, furnished with the finest of modern equipment available. Project Cost Is Set At $565,000.00 For New Hospital j A breakdown of the cost of the ! new Community Memorial Hospital I was set at $565,000. ! Of this amount, Federal Hill Burton funds provided $185,000.00; cash on hand, pledges and contributions accounted for $565,000.00. The total cost of the building, land and equipment is $565,000.00' Land and buildings amounted to$490,000: equipment costs totaled $75,000.00. The entire hospital is paid for in full. There is no indebtedness on the building or the equipment ADDITIONAL PRINTS of ALL PICTURES in this issue available at ItfT^ POSTVILLE, 1 IOWA We Congratulate The Area ON THE NEW Community Memorial Hospital Our sincere congratulations to the Communities of Postville, Monona, Luana, Gunder, St. Olaf, Clermont, Elgin, Castalia, and Frankville on the wonderful new hospital which has been completed. We appreciate the opportunity of working on this fine project, with you — and we can confidently assure you that you have the finest PLUMBING, HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING INSTALLATION we have ever seen. BEST WISHES FOR SUCCESS Scheid Plumbing and Heating AUSTIN, MINNESOTA

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