Postville Herald from Postville, Iowa on January 25, 1961 · Page 16
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Postville Herald from Postville, Iowa · Page 16

Postville, Iowa
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Wednesday, January 25, 1961
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Your Community Memorial Hospital; A Tribute Is Paid By: John Kittlesnn Chairman, Board of Trustees Page Eight Community Memorial Hospital Edition POSTVILLE (Iowa) HERALD Wednesday, January 25, 1961 (Editor's Note: The following was written and presented as comment from the chairman of the trustees of the hospital.) In 1958 The Stifte Hospital Licensing Board notified us that our old, wood hospital building would no longer be approved because of fire hazard and we would need to take action for a new hospital building. The Hospital Board of Trustees, the staff and doctors decided to invite a large committee of citizens representing various churches and civic groups to suggest a course of j action. This planning committee recommended to the Board of Trustees positive action to immediately purchase a site and initiate plans to build a new, much-needed hospital facility for this area. Several architects were interviewed and investigated. The unanimous choice was the Thorson and Brom firm of "Waterloo. They •were hired to draw up preliminary plans for a small, economical hospital building. The planning committee and the hospital board then began preparations for the financing of the proposed new hospital. The need for hospital facilities in this area qualified us for a Federal Hill-Burton grant in the amount of one- third of the cost of building and equipment. Due to the capable and dedicated management of Mrs. Walter Dummermuth and the loyal and hard-working hospital personnel there was a sizeable operating balance accumulated over a period of years that was on hand and could be used for a new building. A $20,000 bequest was given to the hospital in the Ed Gordon estate. The operating reserve fund and the 'Gordon Estate bequest totaled nearly $100,000. Convinced of the need and encouraged by funds on hand and Hill-Burton grant, the Board of Trustees, hospital staff and planning committee decided to attempt an area-wide fund drive. Cooperation was asked for and given by many individuals and organizations throughout the entire area served by the hospital. This fund drive was planned and carried out by many, many volunteers from the area who generously donated their time and ability without pay. No money was paid to anyone for fund raising purposes of any kind. A fund drive goal of $185,000 was set and the big' job of setting-up and carrying out the drive throughout the area was put into operation. Enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers offered their unselfish serv­ ices as teams of solicitors. Information and training sessions were held and the area was divided into districts with persons from within that district acting as solicitors. A "kickoff" dinner meeting was held and the fund raising drive was off to a fine start. What followed was the most outstanding success story ever written in this area. A response so overwhelming even the most optimistic of us dared not predict so successful a result. Not only did we reach our goal, but generous people, businesses and organizations gave a total of $280,000. This was $95,000 or 53 per cent over the goal set. Our original plans were for a minimum, small building. It was now possible for us to expand plans for the hospital to provide for more and better building and equipment. The Board of Trustees and hospital staff wish to express our deepest appreciation and recognize the magnificent response to this fund drive from the entire area, which includes Luana, Monona, Castalia, Elgin, Clermont, Gunder, Fronkville, St. Olaf, Farmersburg, Postville and the rural a re a s around these communities. This fine spirit of area cooperation has resulted In a new hospital facility that is second to none and will 6erve us well for many years in the future. J Plans were developed after thorough investigation of other new hospitals and mans' meetings with the architect, State Board of Health, hospital staff and central planning committee. The State Department of Health approved the plans and financing and authorized one-third of the cost to be paid by Federal Hill-Burton grant. A temporary license was issued to operate the old hospital until the new building was ready for occupancy. Contractors submitted competitive bids in February of 1959. Contracts were awarded shortly thereafter and construction began that spring. Bad weather, a steel strike and other factors delayed completion of the building for several months beyond the target date originally set for completion. However, the excellent, complete modern hospital is at last completed and furnished with the latest new equipment and ready to serve you. The building and equipment will •be debt free if all unpaid pledges are paid in full soon as agreed on the signed pledge notes. You are cordially invited to attend open house on Saturday, January 28, from 1:00 until 5:30 p. m. or Sunday. January 29, from 1:00 until 9:00 p. m.. also to attend the dedication program at 7:30 on Saturday, January 28, to be held at the grade school building. Dr. Nurse's Station At Control Center Of Patient Rooms „ Nisi v The nurse's station here is at the base of a T, from which nurses on duty 24 hours a day can see all patient rooms in the hospital. In addition, there is an audio visual nurses call at the station which provides two-way verba conversation between the station, rooms, operating, emergency and delivery rooms, etc. Ihelong nail frewnes at the left down a corridor of patient rooms. Photo by Lutz Studio. Norman B. Nelson, Dean of the School of Medicine, State University of Iowa, will be guest speaker. The Rev. Frederick Ludwig of Milwaukee and George Smith of Clear Lake will participate in the program. THIS IS YOUR HOSPITAL . . . Your vision, your faith, your efforts, your money and your confidence made this needed health facility a reality. It is here to serve you in time of need. You can indeed, be proud to have played a part in making this great memorial to area cooperation an institution of mercy to serve all the people of this area. Committees— (Continued From Page One) Leonard Casten, and Paul Schutte Refreshments committee — Hospital Auxiliary, Ralinda Lammert, chairman. Reception committee—Mrs. M. F. Kiesau, chairman, Mrs. R. H. Palmer, Mrs. E. G. Kettelkamp. Mrs. Richard Kettelkamp. Mrs. H. H. Wolf, and Mrs. I. C. Jerdee. Cornerstone laying committee—I R. C. Huebner. chairman, Ted Anderson, and John Falb. Parking committee — Postville Volunteer firemen, Ted Green and A. Burr Cook, co-chairmen. CONFERENCE AND ADMINISTRATORS ROOMS OFF LOBBY Maternity Suite Offers Privacy Air Conditio Temperature The Hospital Temperatures in th e munity Memorial Hosjj maintained at a neuli level. Temperatures ^ justed to the needsolj^ There arc two boita ing purposes, each wtft'j power capacity and combination gas-oil fc* Oil is now being usedig Patient rooms ate l hot water in the winter by chilled water in ty- Each 4-oom unit has its mostat, blower, filter, fresh air with circulated 1711 Pledges H Received In Drivt Approximately 386 received in the fund ds new hospital. Goal ol was $185,000.00 Pledjs amounted to $280,05811: fledges Recthti 3 at $10,000 6 at 1 at 7 at 4 at 5 at 32 at 32 at 5,000 3,000 2.000 1,500 1,250 1,000 _ 500 to 750 250 to 500 " 111 at 1139 under 250 366 miscellaneous .... 1711 Two rooms open off the lobby i for the use of hospital staff mem-! bers. ! A conference room open? just; beyond the entrance doors and has a conference table and chairs. It will be used by hospital trustees.: doctors and staff members for [ meetings and consultations. I An administrators room opens { off the lobby just opposite the re- 1 ception desk. It contains a desk ; and files for the hospital adminis-' trator. Mrs. Walter Dummermuth. 1 The maternity corridor is separated from the rest of the hospital by a hall door. Visitors may go through the patient area of the hospital without bothering the maternity area. In the suite is a four bed ward, a labor room and delivery room. The nursery and formula preparation room is at the end of the corridor. Open house and dedication of the hospital this weekend. Ted Anderson Is Maintenance Man Ted Anderson 0! electrician all his lift, hired as maintenance the new hospital. His duties will include tenance of the equip- hospital and handle il work. He beqan his do" 1960. Penthouse Houses Heating, Cooking Units For Hospit The penthouse on the hospital houses the r for the coolim: units a er and heat exchanges tribute air to the opes' gency and delivery rora It was added to il when air conditioning" available to the entin area. It connects with the n: a stairway and is a" only maintenance per SERVICE Runs The Wheels Of P rogress WHETHER AT YOUR NEW COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL - OR - AT YOUR BANK with the clock on the Corner. Our Congratulations to the area contributors who provided this modern new service institution — the Community Memorial Hospital of Postville. The most "inspiring success" story is the one you will see in the daily life of service of your hospital. It is a "continued Story" going on 7 days and 7 nights a week, 365 days a year. BANKING IS A SERVICE, TOO. And, what can we do for you? Whatever you need in the way of banking service, you can depend' this bank to supply it... promptly, efficiently, courteously. For we not on!)' offer complete services . . . and the latest in modern banking practices..; we have a friendly interest in the people we serve that, we firmly believe, makes banking easier and more pleasant for everybody Everyone in the community feels a sense of real accomplishment with the completion of the finmmm M • I — most certainly we at the Citizens State Bank feel that way. And in this feeling of elation the? Mem -Qrial Hos- appreciation and gratitude to the late Leo Beucher, who had given so many years of his time to the fin old hospital which permitted the sizeable "nest egg" that started the fund drive for the new hospital" 1 CITIZENS STATE BANK TRY US FOR SERVICE Member Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Postville, Iowa

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