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Page Six HOSPITAL NEWS BULLETIN December/, 1961 2.8 Employees Per Patient! THE X-RAY ROOM — To help our doctor's "Get the picture" this vital service is constantly in demand. NURSING SERVICE — Tender, loving care around the clock and when it's needed most! LABORATORY — Fast, accurate aid to the diagnosis and treatment of disease. LAUNDRY — A necessity \v'iich gives every patient sterile bod linens and towels, stopping infection befcr? it cet.- stsrted. KITCHEN, DIETARY — Good food goes a long way to help patients on their way to recovery, special diets are prepared here too. MEDICAL RECORDS — Paper \v~rk vh.ii to the hospital and the pa'.ient? a; e accurate records and files. Here is a Sample of Hospital Expansion Program Pledge Card In considtKitivis of the sifts ot v)f>i-r-=, I i vc) n< H > v sub-c Hospital Building Program, \Vi-st Union,, la., the >:um of .Q'30. Monthly Payment-; C 12 <Juartwly- Payments G i> Semi-Annual Payment? O 3 Anmia! Pajrr.tnta D Other -" „ ".. . Div.——.- No PALMER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. BUILDING FUND WEST- UNION, 1OVVA So the- Palmer Memorial U O nn PAJ!> H.KUKV.'iTH o. d •- will begin HAI.A-VC K PA Y.'i I1L1-; E "= tr 0 ~ .*= Signed!^ from taxable Income to the full extent ali<>wabje under Wkr. So!: Res. AccU. RPC. to the 5AtMER.,MERfORIAL ^i. Union. Iowa Akn...•:. ; £ -3 -s Two-Thirds Of Hospital Bills Go For Wages Many patients at Palmer Memorial Hospital see only their doctors and the nurses who care for them. Those whose illnesses or injuries are determined by use of diagnostic facilities at the hospital see a few more technicians and employees. But not many realize that the national average is 2.8 hospital employees per patient around the clock! PICTURES TELL STORY Pictured at the left on this page are some of the employees that only those who tour the entire hospital usually see. The photographs include iaun- dry workers: the director of food service and kitchen helpers: those who work in the office taking care of insurance claims, accounts, bookkeeping and medical records: central sterile supply employees: radi- oligists. technician? and clerical assistants in the X-ray department, and maintenance employees, who keep the plant running. And there are more than these! This is part of the answer to those who ask: "Why does a hospital room cost more than a hotel room?" GET MEALS. 24-HOl'R CARE A hospital patient is served three meals a day in his bed. He is also given 24-hour-a-dsy care. Personal attention for any of his needs is at his beck and call and all of the hospital's facilities are available to help him get well. Of the charges paid by Palmer Memorial Hospital paticn'.s. not quite one-third ->>es '." p;.y fc-r hoU'l-tvp-j service.;. More than two-thirds , f the cost i.: hospital c::re goes f vitally rn'cess.iry h'- ployees. Palmer Menviriai Hospital's employee roster is near the national 2.3 employees for each hospital patient average. PATIENT PAYS COST ONLY Another question that has to do with hospital rates is frequently asked: "I pay my hospital bills, why should I give to the building program'?" In paying a hospital bill the patient is paying only the cost for services rendered. Funds for major capital expenditures — such as the amount required for the proposed new wing — must come fro m gifts of thoughtful people if this community is to have a voluntary, non-profit community hospital. It would be tragic to charge sick people at the time of their illness for the cost of building the hospital addition. Pledge A Moral Obligation Only What happens if I sign a three-year pledge now and find later I cannot pay? The Palmer Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees considers the pledges signed by hospital service area residents as moral obligations only. In the event of unforseen circumstances you may alter, revoke or extend the deferred portion of your pledge by notifying the Palmer Memorial Hospital business office.