Our history—1950s highlights
- Radiologist donates part of salary to purchase x-ray equipment.
- Extremely high population, results in the elimination of private rooms and the conversion of four-bed wards to five-bed wards.
- Hospital establishes post-surgical facility.
- Busiest year since the hospital opened.
- Budget exceeds $500,000.
- Cost per patient per day is $17.86.
- Hospital successfully delivers and cares for 2-pound premature baby.
- An x-ray unit is purchased for $2,800. X-rays cost $1 each.
- Hospital receives first approval from Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
- Microtome, an instrument used to cut thin sections of organic tissue for study under a microscope, is purchased to aid in cancer diagnosis.
- Hospital purchases first electrocardiograph at a cost of $850.00.
- Two hundred woman form Clinton Memorial Hospital Women’s Guild.
- A system is installed for physician dictation of patient records.
- A new 64-bed, $950,000 "cathedral to healing" is dedicated on Sept. 21, and 3,000 attend open house.
- First hospital budget is $300,000.
- Dr. H.R. Bath is elected hospital’s first chief of staff.
- First baby, Vicki Priest, is born on October 4.
- Operating board is appointed and Elsie Delin is named the first administrator.
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