Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on July 9, 1963 · Page 7
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 7

Alton, Illinois
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Tuesday, July 9, 1963
Page 7
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TtttSbAV, JULY, 9,1963 ALTON EVENING Work Under Way on Alton State's Huge Acute Hospital iJsn^A^f •eute hospital. The following "n a it«rv, ot jhfc new hotnliai wlttisn by Jnmes n. Pefpen " thi •"'-' P*lp*ft lit a* joufflafltm' ttadent fit sonlhefn tlUnoU Unlvetitty, AKofl campus. tty -TAMES n. By the spring ol 1965, if everything goes according to plan, what to flow a grassy knoll behind the visitors' parking lot on the grounds of the Alton State Hospital will be the site of a beautiful, new, three-story structure, having crisp, clean, modern lines. The building will be a marked contrast with those of the other buildings at Alton State, most of which were constructed In the 1920's, The building, a fine example of functional architecture, combining beauty with maximum utility, will be Alton State's new acute hospital. It will cost an estimated $2,5 million, What Is an acute hospital? It Is the same as any well-equipped medical hospital, such as those In Alton, except that the persons who are physically 111 also, arc treated for mental illness. The basic treatment of a physical Illness is still the same, A cardiac, a stroke or a fracture Is treated In the same manner, whether the person Is mentally 111 or not. An acute hospital at a mental Institution does not receive people who suffered injuries In automobile or Industrial accidents. But on the other hand, because of the high percentage of aged persons, ^Infirm and seml-lnflrm In a mental Institution, the number of fractures treated at Alton State is greater than In an outside hospital. Years of Planning; When the acute hospital ready for use, the assistant superintendent of Alton State, A. K Smith, will probably experience a feeling comparable to that o a new father. The completion of the hosplta will be the climax of four years of planning, which began in March-of 1961 .when Smith wrote up the architectural, program to the hospital 'and submitted i to the general office of the De partment of Mental Health. When ,it became known tha an estimated $4 million was to be available to Alton State (th hospital's share of the Depart ment of, Public Welfare's build Ings bond issue, which was ap rdved by the Voters In 1360) thei new acute hospital was listed jy hospital officials as a pri- iHly project. Other bond issue projects ar£ i $579,450 electrical system reno- 'alion job, which Is In progress, tnd remodeling of the central dietary facility, which Is In the >lanntng stage. Smith then began work on the 5-page architectural program, which Is to serve as an all-en- X-ray ecjiiipfnenl and built-lft lights and cabinols, will be advertised for bids In the near fu- Ufc. Need Is Desperate compassing guidebook for the architects. It lists all of the unctions which the building is o perform, Including particular ypes af floor and wall surfaces. Though seemingly a minor mat er, surfaces are really quite im 501-tant In a hospital of this kind. For example, If a disturbed pal- lent happens to throw food 01 medicine against a floor or wall [he surface must be such that i Is easily cleaned and sterilized. I'lalw Approved After the architectural program was approved by Ihc Department of Mental Health, it was submit led to the Stale Division of Arclu lecture and Engineering, which prepares preliminary drawings working drawings, specifications and estimates for State Building construction projects. The project was hired out to associate architects, Samuel E Sunncr and S. G. Schmidt of Al ton and conferences between the architects nnd Alton Slate officials began about a year later. Since then Smith has been work ing very closely with the archi (eels during each stage of the de velopmcnt of the plans. First the preliminary drawings, invol Ing space relationships, and thet detailed working drawings, includ ing elevations, equipment speci fications and other data, were ap proved. The construction contract, which will include the building and al fixed equipment, such as sinks "We need the hospital desperately," said Smith. "In Ihe old ullding 50 beds are devoted to ie care of Ihe acutely 111. Tills Is ot nearly enough." The space problem is compllcat- d because the patients In t h e cute hospital come from other vards and collages on the bos- ilal grounds, and not from the Open 9 to 9 Mon, to Sat, SMITHALSOP FINE PAINT FAMOUS WALLPAPER ART MATERIALS EASTGATEfPLAZA SHOPPING CENTER Phone 254-3623 YOUR MONEY IMS MOlffi MONEY MORE OFTEN home, ns do the patients in an outside hospital. This necessarily lengthens t h e stay of a paliont in the aciite hospital because he cannot get adequate post-acute care in a cottage or ward which has sometimes as many as 150 patients. Ho must remain in the acute hospital until Ills condition Is such that he will require no special medical care when he returns to the ward. 118 Beds -The new acute hospital, with 69,388 square feet or about 1.5 acres of total floor space, will have room for 118 beds. About omshnlf of the total floor space will be used for a surgical suite and nursing services areas on the second and third floors, and about one-third of the total will be used for service areas, a dietary area, and a public area on .the first Iloor. Conceniration into one building of all the facilities used in the treatment of the acutely ill, such as X-ray, emergency treatment rooms, laboratories and phav- macy, will be a feature of the new hospital which is lacking in the present acute hospital. For example, the pharmacy and the laboratory are both presently located in the diagnostic building. "The present structure does not permit us to apply all Ihe available medical knowledge and technology because of limitations in layout and space," Smith said. There will also be a part of tne new hospital devoted primarily to out-patient care. For those patients who are still undrr post-acute care, but are well enough to move about, the new hospital will provide four dayrooms, one at each end of (lie two nursing floors, and a dining room on the ground floor which will scat fiO patients. Both facilities are lacking in the present building. The dayrooms will provide exercise and recreation space, and the dinfng room will eliminate the time-consujing distribution of meal trays to patients who are well enough to eat at a table, but who now must take their meals in bed at the present hospital. For Sunlight maximum efficiency, the core of each of the nursing floors will be the service area. It will extend from one end of the building to the other, down the middle of each floor. 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