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(Updated August 4, 2004)
THE CITY HOSPITAL.
To The News.
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CITY COUNCIL MEETING.
reports were presented as follows:
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Those of our citizens who are philanthropically inclined cannot fail to recognize the need of a comfortable fire-proof hospital for the city. The matter has been overlooked too long, and it is quite time that something definite should be done. Will anybody come forward in the interests of humanity and donate a lot towards the erection of the building?
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[City Health Officer's Report]
is situated on South Lamar street. It is a good average two-story
frame building with a small attached one-story frame. It has
bath rooms and other conveniences, dining rooms, office, wash
house, etc., all in good average condition, clean and comfortable.
It is divided into eight wards--six for men and two for women.
It contains fifty beds of average hospital quality. The building
requires a new coat of paint inside and out and some repairs.
In this building were treated, during the year, 599 patients,
embracing all classes of injuries and diseases. Of these patients,
498 were men, 73 women, 13 male and 15 female children. Of this
number, 53 died, all adults. The diseases and injuries of which
they died are embraced in the general mortuary statement of the
city (See table No. 2).
It is scarcely necessary to mention the fact that this city has outgrown its presence hospital accommodations. A new building with larger dimensions and better facilities, a building equal to the magnitude of the city in every other respect, is the present demand. It is proper to state in this connection that the committee on hospitals and health, is, at present, actively engaged in devising ways and means to secure the ground and erect the building.
Since my last annual report, this hospital has been repaired and much improved. In addition to this, a neat three-room cottage has been erected near the hospital, to be occupied by the physician, in case of a small pox invasion. The grounds have been much improved by the keeper, Mr. Moore. He is a good keeper and an expert nurse in small pox. He takes care of the building and the grounds, and keeps a wagon and team of his own on the ground, ready to be used whenever needed in transferring cases from the city to the hospital. I recommend that his salary be increased (see table No. 3 for salary). The only other needed improvement at the suburban hospital is a well to supply water. It is inconvenient to get water. A well will cost about twenty dollars.
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$75,000 Hospital With Pri-
Benefit of the Poor - Will
Ask for the Appropria-
W. R. Wilson, city health officer, says he is going before the
city council and ask for an appropriation of $75,000 to be expended
in the erection of a large modern hospital building, one that
will be in keeping with the demands of the city and that will
include all modern appliances and improvements. There is no question
about the necessity for such a building existing, Dr. Wilson
says, and while Dallas is a splendid city, in other respects,
she is sadly behind in providing charitable institutions. But,
the plan which he proposes will bring the city some revenue,
sufficient, he is inclined to think, to meet all running expenses,
and, besides, provide a sinking fund. He proposes to have private
apartments fitted up for rent in the building, where physicians
could send their patients when they felt so disposed and treat
them. In this way, many would come here from over the state.
Many young men of means who are without homes when attacked with
a spell of sickness, would prefer to rent apartments in the hospital
where they could have every attention from expert nurses and
physicians, rather than remain at their boarding houses.
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The city health officer has his annual report about completed. It will be submitted to the city council to-night. Estimating the city's population at 45,000, and the fact that there were 531 deaths or less than twelve to the thousand, shows a rate that will compare favorably with the healthiest cities in the country. There has been treated in the city hospital for the year ending, April 20, 506 patients, out of which there were forty-five deaths, and a number of these were dying when they reached the hospital. His report will show that the service at the hospital has been improved by the employment of a resident physician, which has been done without an increase in the monthly pay roll or expense account. He recommends the building of a new hospital, as the one now used is wholly inadequate in size to the demands that are made for admission of patients, and is illy located and inconveniently constructed.
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The city health officer will recommend to the council that the two rooms next to the hospital now being rented from Sanger Bros. at a cost of $25 a month, be vacated, since the ridding of the hospital of the foreign paupers makes enough room in the main building for the city's patients.
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AN OLD BLUSH AND
A NEW SMILE.
Her Helpless Sick--Model Wards
for Different Classes of Patients,
With Modern Conveniences.
A year ago, a reporter pocked a way through mud and other obstacles to an old building on Lamar street and tried to realize that this rookery was considered the municipal hospital of a large city. The city physicians had said that it was utterly without necessary conveniences, proper sanitation, and could not claim the usual privilege of a surgical ward. The tired, though heroic matron, who combined the offices of housekeeper and lady manager with those of a day and night nurse, informed the newspaper representative that her assistants in the women's ward were ex-pauper patients who were scarcely on speaking terms with Aesculapius. The building itself, situated in a most undesirable part of the city for the purpose, where the proximity of a large freight depot brought the noise of trains and traffic, yet where the convenience of a pavement was an unknown luxury; the walls so filled with septic germs and the whole place so suggestive of disease, that the reporter felt, after leaving, that to undergo a personal fumigation, like Mr. Dolls, would not have been amiss.
afterward felt the great necessity to our city of a new hospital,
in a different locality, and under different conditions, and
began the good work of petitioning and insisting in behalf of
the people of Dallas, and the result has been a success far beyond
what might have been anticipated in the short space of time.
A special and very important feature of the new hospital will be the private wards for pay patients, entirely removed from the other wards, and placed in the second story, over the administrative department. It is a well known fact that in large cities, persons with means find it most desirable to enter the large hospital for treatment, recognizing, also, the fact that the service and attention to the sick must be best there. These private apartments will be fitted with every comfort, and the patient has the privilege of the attention of any preferred physician. The hospital will furnish apartment, attendance, nurse, diet and medicine, every requirement, in fact, except the physician's services, for from $7 to $12 per week. These rates are obviously far less than could be obtained at a first class hotel, where board would be at least $2.50 per day, $2 a day for nurse, $1 for medicine, and $2.50 at the lowest, for a physician, making a sum total of $8 a day.
With the possible exception of the Sealy Hospital in Galveston, these are the only private wards in any hospital in Texas. The blessing these private wards will be to strangers in the city, persons without permanent homes, or persons who require careful treatment, can scarcely be estimated. The entire building will be supplied by home firms, the furniture having already arrived, and it is anticipated that this new hospital will be opened on the 15th of this month. Dr. Armstrong will shortly petition the city council to appoint a staff of visiting physicians, whose services will be rendered gratis to the city. The grading and embellishing of ground, cutting out unnecessary trees, laying sidewalks and the placing of an iron fence are going forward with all possible speed, and it is hoped that the citizens of Dallas will go out and visit what, in time, will be one of the most attractive places about the city.
Armstrong considers that the citizens of Dallas are more indebted
to the TIMES HERALD,
excepting the services rendered by the Board of Aldermen, for
their new city hospital, than to any other factor of assistance.
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A NEW HOSPITAL
NOW A FACT.
THE OLD ROOKERY.
urday to Which all the City Officials,
Newspaper Men and the Citi-
zens at Large Are Invited.
Saturday, one of the largest and most important openings that
ever took place in Dallas will occur. It will be a spring opening,
to which not only the ladies of the city are invited, but a large
body of municipal chiefs and officers, physicians, newspaper
men and as many members of the other professions as can find
it convenient to be present, are expected to attend. The occasion
will be the opening day of the new city hospital, an event that
will mark a great change in the welfare of the city. The details
of the new hospital, its officials and service were all given
in a recent issue of the TIMES
HERALD, therefore, it is only the accomplishment
of the long anticipated event we now announce. To-day is moving
day, and beside the forty patients who were removed from the
old municipal rookery, there will be very little of the old hospital
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Added August 4, 2004:
WHITE PEOPLE KICKING.
Board will hold a special session to-night for the purpose of
reconsidering its action on Monday night of last week in locating
a school house at the intersection of Gano and Preston streets
for the colored pupils of the Fifth, Seventh and Twelfth wards.
The old hospital building, standing at the corner of Austin
and Young streets, is the building the Board intends to have
moved over for the public school building for the colored people
of the three wards referred to.
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HOSPITAL COST WILL
SOON BE KNOWN
Sick Determined on by
Hubbell & Green expect to be able to tell the city commission
exactly what the new hospital will cost in a few days. Mayor
Holland stated this morning. The location of the new building
has been decided on. It will be placed some forty or fifty feet
back of the present location.
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PUBLIC HOSPITAL SYSTEM STEMS FROM
TWO ROOMS AND POOR FARM
Organization; Expansion Funds Approved
public hospital system in Dallas and Dallas County, which now
includes four modern institutions for needy invalids and those
suffering from contagious diseases, had only feeble antecedents
in 1885, when The News began publication here. Only a two-room
city hospital and the county poor farm were available then.
Prisoners Worked the
For Tubercular Patients.
Origin of Parkland.
Purchase of Grounds.
First Unit Built in
Dr. J. H. Stephenson, superintendent of the city-county hospital system, has had direct supervision of Parkland since 1927, when he succeeded Dr. C. H. Standifer. Miss Josephine Nichols is superintendent of the school of nursing, which was established in 1914, and which graduates about twenty-five a year. The hospital staff now includes 108 doctors, twenty-two internes, 100 student nurses and twenty-five graduate nurses. Parkland equipment includes a clinical laboratory, operating rooms, a maternity department and electro-therapy equipment.
Expenditures of the city-county hospital system for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 1934, totaled $326,369.13, including $9,849 for administration, $229,3309.63 for Parkland, $48.768.44 for Woodlawn, $35,925.80 for Convalescent, and $2,516.26 for Union. Parkland served 9,405 patients during the year and gave 76,042 clinical treatments. In addition to the four units of the city-county hospital system, the city maintains a small Emergency Hospital on Commerce street, near the city hall. Most of its patients are accident victims who, after emergency treatment, are either discharged, or sent to one of the larger hospitals.
In 1931, Dallas was selected as the site for a proposed psychopathic, pellagra and cancer hospital to be built by the State of Texas on land to be provided by the city. Appropriations for the construction of this hospital, however, have not yet been made.
Section VII, p. 16.
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