Fayette County Leader from Fayette, Iowa on December 7, 1961 · Page 8
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Fayette County Leader from Fayette, Iowa · Page 8

Fayette, Iowa
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Thursday, December 7, 1961
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- t Hospital News Bulletin Thursday, Dec. 7, 1961 Supplement to The Fayette Leader Eight Pages 400 Work In Hospital Campaign YOUR NEW HOSPITAL ADDITION! — Here is the architect's drawing of the prposed new $375,000 wing to be added to your hospital. The view shows the new wing in the right foreground. At the right is the new emergency entrance that leads into a separate emergency corridor opening into a complete emergency suite, with a recovery room across the way. Rearrangement of facilities in the present hospital and addition of an operating room in the new wing will make possible complete separation of types of patients. The obsterical Is Hospital Expansion Necessary? Do we r-P.IIy need ;' !a;;.:er opd better hospital now? The answer to this question is : b;e "YES"' in the minds of •'-(.•uuhtfiil ricn and women of I'almer Memorial hospital service area and. even a bigger "YES" from those who are closest to hospital care problems in iris area. Dr. Willism J. Wolf. Chief of Staff at Palmer Memorial hos- nital. likes to think of the ruilding program in terms of ;:r. i.ig r.ll tli3 people an opportunity to bring nearer their family doorsteps tlie best possible hospital care, for all ages ;id for all kinds of patients. "When we arc taken suddenly ill, or when we are seriously hurt, this distance factor — rep- 7-eseniing the all-important and sometimes Ve-or-death time clement — becomes critical" said Dr. V/olf. "We owe it to ourselves to provide the facilities that will determine at once what is wong with us and them make possible the best care that modern medicine can give us. "All of tl.is means we are •living ourseH-es and our families, r.nd th^ families of our friends and neighbors, the chance to 2^' well quicker and •<j live longer, more productive lives." "The chanf.es which the proposed addition will bring about can be broken down into three categories" said Dr. Wolf. "First will be the new construction pnd this will include: "One. a new Emergency Room. We must be able to take care of tliree or four emergency patients at a time. Present entrances are inadequate and lead into the normal heavy traffic (Continued to page 2) 61% of Patients Come From Outside Of West Union People in the entire service ."•re.i of Palmer Memorial Hospital are interested and will help pay for the building pro- tT.'am because til percent of the hospital's patients come from outside the environs of West Union. This is their opportunity to assure themselves cf a hospital of sufficient size to give the best possible care in a location closest to their homes. The hospital service area, and the campaign area, includes the townships of Union. Auburn, Dover. Clermont. Windsor. Pleasant Valley. Center. Westfield and Illyria. 150% Occupancy At Times! Building the proposed addition to the Palmer Memorial Hospital is imperative! The hospital is occupied to o point greater than that considered desirable to insure the best patient care. And you, or a member of your family might be the patient any day. The hospital has. on many occasions, been occupied for 100 percent of its bed space and on one occasion this year occupancy jumped to 150 percent! Added to the problem of bed space is the need for reorganization of facilities to bring the hospital in line with the latest techniques in hospital care. A new recovery room, major operating room, physical therapy room and out-patient facilities will all combine to give you, and your family, the best possible hospital care, comparable with other communities of this size throughout the state. department will be completely contained i_n the second level of the new addition. The new \vi!ig will add 19 beds to make possible 86'' mure occupancy than the present 22 bed structure. Of the $,'375.000 total construction costs, the Federal Government will give an outright grant of §125.000 and the communities in the hospital service area must raise $250.000. This is the way hundreds of communities have given themselves modern, up-to-date hospital facilities. People Own The Hospital The people own Palmer Memorial Hospital. Because the men and women — the families — of the hospital service area own their hospital, it if in the category known as voluntary, non-profit community hospitals. More than two-thirds of the m.-dica! hospitals serving residents of communities of a!i siz- t-s in the United States are vol- v.ntary, non-profit hospitals for t-.vo reasons: 1. Families want to make available to themselves and their friends and neighbors hospital care at minimum cost. Corporation management and business men, too. are concerned that employees and those in their families get the best possible care — the most f or their hospitalization insurance. 2. The best possible standards o/ patient care and of hospital <er\ ice are achieved in the voluntary, non-profit hospital. Each employee of the hospital is responsible to the hospital administrator who is selected by and who is responsible to the hospital board of trustees. Trustees, in turn, are selected and elected by the people, and are responsible to them. This makes every hospital employee responsible — in the final analysis — to the people, the patients he serves. It May Be You! According to the national average, one of every eight persons will need the services of a hospital within the next year. This means that in a family of four, the chances are that some member of the family will be hospitalized every other vear: Hospitals Are For Patients, Not Doctors Today's modern hospitals are for patients, not for the doctors who are members of the medical staff. It is the patient whoso health or even iife is at stake. Some doctors may still remember delivering babies at homo and surgery on kitchen tables. They, especially, are the ones who know that proper hospital facilities are needed for the benefit of the sick and injured. The doctors at Palmer Memorial Hospital have all accepted their share of the responsibility in the building program, just as every other citizen of the community must do. Should doctors, be compelled to build and maintain hospitals, .such a proprietary enterprise would be taxed as a business, which would increase hospital costs. Palmer Memorial Hospital, operated on a non-profit basis, is not subject to taxes, and offers medical care at cost to all the families in the hospital service area. It is up to those families, then, to insure themselves of the best possible facilities for this minimum-cost hospital care. More than 400 volunteers will take part in the area-wide solicitation of the $250.000 Palmer Memorial Hospital Expansion Program. Meetings in the nine-township hospital service area will take. place ever the next two week period. The volunteers will choose the pledge cards of the families they will call upon during the campaign period and will be given instructions and materials to help them in their job. Townships included in the service area are Auburn, Dover, Clermont, Windsor, Union, Pleasant Valley, Center, Westfield and Illyria. These are the townships from which the hospital draws its patients, 61 percent of them coming from outside West Union. The township organization is headed by Kermit Teig of West Union. Carroll Grimes. General Chairman of the Campaign, had a last minute challenge for all volunteers; ''If you do your jobs well, make all your calls, and report subscriptions promptly, there is no reason why you cannot exceed our minimum goal of §250,000. "If you do these thinsg weii and do not meet the goal," said the Chairman, "then the fault is not yours, but will be due to unwillingness of people of the area to unite to take advantage of the opportunity to meet their own critical needs fcr adequate, modern hospital care. "But the families in the Palmer Memorial Hospital service area are no different than those in hundreds of other communities across America in which large sums have been raised to take care of their own hospital needs. "The men and women of this area know there is only one way to have the best in diagnostic ("get well") facilities . through their subscriptions for three years. This is the only way hospital additions can be built and paid for ... an addition that will improve hospital care for this generation and all those to come." The kick-off meetings will set in motion volunteers who will call upon their friends and neighbors during the next four weeks in the hospital service area. These volunteers will ask an opportunity to explain the hospital expansion program and will suggest consideration of three year, budget giving to pay for construction of the hospital addition and for needed equipment and improvements. OCCUPANCY AT A DANGEROUS beds

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