Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 27, 1972 · Page 66
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 66

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 27, 1972
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1 214 CAPITOL STREET Jackson General --Home Away from Home BREAKFAST COAT Upstairs, downstairs, indoors or out, there's a snapcoat to suit your busv schedule. This short sleeve version features small collar and cuffs and a large roomy pocket. Beautiful prints in tones of clue, Pink, bellow and green. ACRON IX NO IRON SIZES S-M-L EXTRA SIZES COTTON AND 5. 6. Street Floor 1 I ',\r, \ I \ \ 1 1 1 1 L. Emliee.s 2M Capitol St., Charleston, \V. Va. Please send me Breakfast Coat in color 2nd choice si/e NAME . . . ADDRESS CITY . . VTATF D CHARGE n CASH (SORRY NO C. 0. D.) (please add;!', s t a t e t a x . ) ffffmffft* £1 1 % £ ·X-M By Lois MeCann 2fo : The sign over the top of the one-story, aqua structure, visible from 1-77 says, "Hospital." That and the smaller Jackson General sign on the stone front are about all that would give you a clue to the fact that this is a place for sick people. Nestled among the hills on one of the few flat pieces of land in Jackson County, it is all one-story construction and takes off in several directions. The large grassy lawn in front is ringed with monthly rose bushes, maintained by Jackson County rosarian Dana Bailes. These were donated by citizens and bear the name of the donor or the one in whose memory they were given. A smaller bed of miniature roses fills the space between the drive and hospital itself. Inside the hospital, things are cheerful, colorful, and yet as modern as any city hospital. Until it was built, county residents had to depend on Charleston or Parkersburg h o s p i t a l s , which often meant an hour's drive, even by ambulance. Centrally located, Jackson General is ten minutes from any part of the county. The hospital is owned by the Community Health Assn. Inc., is operated by a board of directors and executive, committee, and is nonprofit. It first opened its doors Nov. 19, 1964, to serve the people In the area in general medical service, and has been growing ever since. It provides 47 beds for medical and surgical patients, 12 pediatrics and 8 beds and cribs for others, and new born babies. Last month, a new wing with 26 beds for extended care patients, and a large physical therapy section was opened. ., The . staff includes, six ' d o c t o r s , a p a r t t i m e radiologist, and pathologist. Five county dentists are on staff call. One hundred and thirty employees make up the personnel of nurse's, technicians, aides, dietary department, housekeeping and business office. A professional building has been constructed on hospital property where most of the doctors have their offices. This gives them the advantage of being only s e c o n d s ·. a w a y f r o m h o s p i t a l i z e d p a t i e n t s . Another building, a health teaching unit, also on the grounds, is used for in-_ service personnel training as .well as for classes in mother and baby care, first aid, and civil defense. It takes a lot of poeple to run a modern hospital 24 hours a day, and this 98-bed unit is no exception. Today, the average hospital has two employees for each patient, with each employee working 40 hours out of the total 168 hours in a week. Every job that must be covered around" the clock requires almost five employees. Each year more trained people are needed as diagnosis, treatment, and surgery become more complicated. Over two-thirds of tne costs of a modern hospital go for salaries. Unlike industries, hospitals can use only a limited amount of automation. Yet the cost of a .two-bed room, with private Newborn (15 mtautet old) receives friendly welcome In hospital nursery. CHARLESTON. W.VA.' ' Sunday Gazette-Mail'

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