Fayette County Leader from Fayette, Iowa on December 7, 1961 · Page 9
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Fayette County Leader from Fayette, Iowa · Page 9

Fayette, Iowa
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Thursday, December 7, 1961
Page 9
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Page Two HOSPITAL NEWS BULLETIN December 7, 1961 Dr. Wolf- (Continucd from page one) area of the hospital," said Dr. Wolf. •'The new Emergency Room and ambulance entrance will solve thi^ problem perman- antly. •'Two, a new Outpatient Treatment Area. Past experience indicates that outpatient facilities mus! be provided for adequate treatment and examination. Our local doctors will use this service," said Dr. Wolf, "because of availability of nurses and technicians over a full 24 hour period. We are treating approximately 800 outpatients a year and must have the facilities to do so in the new addition. "Three, a Physical Therapy department. Increased demands and the approval and endorsement by our local medical staff warrents the installation of a complete physical therapy unit. The anticipated demand from our in-patients and the state's encouragement in administering physical therapy in the care of old age recipients indicate great potential for this department." stated Dr. Wolf. "Four, and most important, •will be the installation of a Major Surgery Suite. Elective surgery has increased from 160 in 1951 to 336 in 1960. This means that the patients in the hospital service area are demanding surgery close to home, in familiar surroundings and with their families in close proximity. Although this could not be fores-eon when the hospital was first built, the addition of a Major Surgery Suite will bring us much closer to total hospital care near to home. •'Five, adequate storage areas must Vie provided for drugs, equipment, food stuffs and medical supplies. This will allow the hospital to buy goods in quantity and thus reduce operating expenses." said Dr. Wolf. "Six is the addition of 18 beds. Our past experience and percentage of occupancy demands that additional bed space be provided for in our now expansion program. The need of future beds for geriatric and indigent patients in this area is very apparent." stated Dr. Wolf. "Add to this our very high percentage of occupancy at times and the increased demand for inpatient care stemming from constantly improving medical teciiniques and we are faced with a bed space problem that must be solved." "Seven, the addition of a recovery room, is an improvement that will give us the advantages of one of the most modern medical techniques developed in the past decade," the Chief of Staff said. "The Recovery Room offers patients around- the-clock care with specialized equipment and staff during the most critical time of the postoperative period. Many lives have been saved by the use of these facilities and any community can be grateful if their hospital has them." Dr. Wolf pointed out that the other two categories of changes which the new addition will provide are: Relocation of present services for better traffic control and nursing care which include the areas of the X-Ray department. Delivery Room and Nursery. Laboratory, Office space and Kitchen facilities. Remodeling and upgrading of the heating system, installation of piped-in oxygen to all existing and added nursing units and interior decoration of facilities to improve the current structure that has had the greatest depreciation. In conclusion. Dr. Wolf stated, "the needs are evident and the solution to our problem is clear. We have been through a campaign before -— 11 years- ago-and hindsight is always better than foresight. We must have foresight now and provide adequate hospital care for our families and for future generations. There is no reason to believe that we are different than the hundreds of other communities throughout the nation and if we all pull together I am certain that the job will be done." Entire Palmer Hospital Service Area Participating In Expansion Program 61 Percent Of Patients Come From Outside West Union

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