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P U B L I S H E D BY P R O V I D E N C E H O S P I T A L • • PROVIDENCE HOSPITAL • ANCHORAGE, ALASKA A N C H O R A G E , A L A S K A FALL 1971 PREVIEW AND RECEPTION FOR THE NEW PROVIDENCE PROFESSIONAL BUILDING The new Providence Professional Building made its official debut on Thursday evening, August 5th, at a special press-conference preview and reception. Representatives of television, radio and newspapers, members of the medical staff, sisters and the Providence advisory board were on hand for the preview. Members of the Providence Auxiliary conducted guided tours of the new facility. The Providence Professional Building has been designed to become an integral part of the medical center complex now being developed at Providence. Three additional floors can be added to the building. The main lobby and elevator shaft have been designed to accommodate a future duplicate six-story professional office building. The three floors of medical offices have facilities for 32 doctors. In the lower level the hospital has constructed an Outpatient Center for treatment and minor surgery for patients who normally would not require hospitalization. The Center contains radiology, laboratories, a minor surgery room, electro-encephalogram analysis, lounge-food service and patient registration area. The building has elevators with one cab size for stretchers, private bathrooms for each suite and a connection to the hospital by tunnel at the lower level with a future enclosed upper level connection at the first floor. Sister Evelyn Bergamini cuts the ribbon while Mr. Dan Meddleton and Sister Barbara Ellen look on. Mr. Edwin B. Crittenden chats with Father Paul O'Connor. m (ry Shown left to right are Dr. Rodman Wilson, Sister Lucille Marie, and Sister Solange. Shown left to right are Dr. Fred T. Strauss, Dr. Sam W. Gibson, and Dr. James Baldauf. Shown left to right are Mrs. Edward Fortier, Provincial Superior Sister Barbara Ellen, Mr. Edward Fortier, and Sister Stella Marie. CHAPLAIN'S CORNER TWO "BILL TOBINS" MEET AT PROVIDENCE — J. William Tobin, (left) meets William J. Tobin at press preview of new Providence Professional Building, July 5th. Bill Tobin (at left) is director of public relations for the Sisters of Providence, Seattle and Bill Tobin (right) is managing editor of The Anchorage Times. Representatives of newspapers, magazines, television and radio attended the press conference. FR. PAUL C. O'CONNER In the first edition of the PROVDENCE NEWS CACHE I gave a short definition of the rationale of a Catholic Hospital. Let me enlarge a bit on this subject. The primary end of a hospital is, of course, to make a patient well. To do this we must inspire confidence not only in the patients, but also in their frends and relatives. It must be self-evident that we provide every type of help. The range is massive: medical, psychological, spiritual and material. Our staff is adequate. In this day of technological expertise it is increasingly more difficult to become other than an automaton. Administration, finances, techniques, and services are becoming more and more determined by government policy. Yet I find that we can and do maintain a strong Christian Community. Let me explain. The anatomy of suffering takes up the whole spectrum of man, both his mental and physical dispositions. The mental, physical and spiritual are all intimately connected: they all go to make up a person. In a hospital we are apparently more concerned in correcting a physical disorder of the body. Broken bones must be set in place, a weak heart must be strengthened, disorders of the kidneys, the throat, the lungs and the genitive processes must be corrected and (if diseased beyond re pair) eliminated. Now we know that the inner reactions of the mental and the spiritual on the physical must never be underestimated in the process of healing the whole man—THE PERSON OF MAN. At the heart, at the CORE of every cure, is the stimulation in the patient that he is going to get well. There is to be no doubt about that whatsoever. THE WILL TO LIVE is therefore the total psychological impact we wish to give our patients as a family. Patients must have this determination for an effective cure. When this is done we work together in unity—as a family. THE OLD . . . and . . . THE NEW n un t f u l f i l 11 nrrTinnrFfl fi !j I I I ! !S i! l! r 11 I New Providence Hospital (Providence Professional Building not shown) Old Providence Hospital 9th Ave. and L St. Providence Hospital Auxiliary The Providence Hospital Auxiliary was organized in October of 1954 to promote and advance the welfare of the hospital. This was to be accomplished by interpreting the hospital to the public, by serving the hospital and its patients, and by opening new financial resources to the hospital. The auxiliary is designed as a community affair, assisting the hospital in providing additional equipment and extra services for the patients. The initial projects of the auxiliary were a mobile library cart which operated daily from room to room with books and magazines for the patients, and a sewing group which provided sewing as needed by the hospital. Today the areas of service have expanded to include eight projects: (1) The Reception Desk where members provide information for visitors, deliver mail for the patients, and aid in discharging patients. (2) The Gift Shop which is open daily, evenings, and weekends as personnel permits. (3) The Gift Cart which members take around the rooms giving patients an opportunity to purchase items of stationery, toiletries, magazines, books, and other items provided by the gift shop. (4) A Coffee Cart that also travels through the hospital giving patients and visitors coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. (5) The Photo-Ident-a-baby picture service providing identification photographs of new born infants for the parents. (6) Physical Therapy—here auxiliary members clean tanks, escort patients from other floors and back, and generally give any assistance needed by the physical therapy department. (7) Occupational Therapy— This is the newest service of the auxiliary. It is a craft cart designed to aid patients pass some fulfilling and creative hours. The cart is very popular with patients who are confined to bed but feel well. (8) Administration —Experienced and trained auxiliary members also service in the admitting section of the hospital. Through these various services auxiliary members in their cheery cherry uniforms are well known about the hospital. Today membership totals close to seventy. These members are volunteers who receive no pay, purchase their own uniforms, provide their own transportation, and give hours a week to the hospital. In 1969 the membership totaled 4,712 hours and in 1970 4,415 hours were recorded. The Providence Hospital Auxiliary is a member of the American Hospital Association. It is a non-denominational group with membership open to any woman willing to give her time for needs of the hospital and its patients. The auxiliary motto is “The Charity of Christ Urges Us” and indeed it must, for since 1960 the auxiliary has raised over $55,000. The group raises funds through fashion shows, raffles, luncheons, bake sales, rummage sales, and this year an art sale. This sale of works by Alaskan artists is to be held at the new Holiday Inn Banquet Hall on October 22 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Announcements are being sent out, but the sale is open to the public. Invitations can be re quested by calling the show chairman, Mrs. William Weeks. Ten outstanding representatives of the Anchorage business and professional community have accepted positions on a newly established lay advisory board for Providence Hospital. The charter meeting was held on August 5th at the hospital. Named to the new Providence Board are: Charles Chestnut, manager, Northern Commercial Co., Anchorage; J. Paul Dittrich, M.D., president Providence Hospital Medical Staff; Mrs. Albert J. Grubba, president, Providence Hospital Women’s Auxiliary; Max Hodel, general manager, Alaska Sales and Service, Inc.; Ernest Kissee, vice-presi-dent, Howard S. Lease Construction Co.; Bernie Kosinski, executive editor, Anchorage Times; C. J. Occhipinti, judge, Superior Court, State of Alaska; George Sullivan, mayor, City of Anchorage; Charles R. Webber, manager, Industrial Air Products Co. of Anchorage; and Albert Swalling, president, Matanuska Valley Bank. Sister Evelyn Bergamini, administrator, welcomed the new members of the board at the first meeting and told them they were needed “to assist hospital administration in the continuing improvement of hospital services to the sick and injured of the greater Anchorage area.” Former administrator, Sister Barbara Ellen, who is now provincial superior of the Providence Sisters for Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California, returned to Alaska for the historic meeting and traced the work of the sisters in the state in Nome, Fairbanks and Anchorage. She told the board that next July the Sisters of Providence will be celebrating their 70th anniversary in Alaska. Also at the meeting were John P. Greeley, director of development for the Sisters of Providence and Mr. William Tobin, director of public relations. PROVIDENCE NEWS CACHE PROVIDENCE HOSPITAL Anchorage, Alaska Sister Evelyn Bergamini, Administrator Kristine Harder ...............................Editor Advisory Board Established POTPOURRI . . . A Tea was held in the Conference Room on September 23rd honoring the memory of Mother Emalie Gamelin, the foundress and first Superior of our community. It was her care of a destitute 102 year old lady that was the beginning of a work that eventually comprised a score of homes for the aged, several orphanages, an Institution for Deaf Mutes, 43 hospitals, centers for inter-racial meetings and for aid to the poor, handicapped or underprivileged. Photographs of the old Providence Hospital were on display, and Sister Solange donned her old-fashioned nursing habit for the occasion. Mr. Marvin Bresler, Director of Personnel spoke to employees about the possibility of obtaining limousine service to the hospital. Those interested are asked to please contact Mr. Bresler. Students enrolled in LPN and two year associate degree RN programs at Anchorage Community College and the four year RN program at Alaska Methodist University are performing duties at Providence this year to gain hospital experience in connection with their studies. Eleven of our LPN’s are enrolled in a ten week course on Pharmacology at Anchorage Community College from 1-5 on Mondays. This is the second group from Providence to take the class. Medical Records Librarian Miss Fleck will be leaving us and returning to her home state, Oregon. Mrs. Ellen Birdsall retired from the housekeeping department and moved to sunny Florida. Mrs. Birdsall was department head and had been with Providence more than ten years. The housekeeping department hosted a Tea in her honor on August 31. Another long time housekeeping employee Mrs. Ruby Meeks retired re cently. Mrs. Meeks has also chosen a warmer climate for her life of retirement— California! Mrs. Mary Cramer, RN, will be leaving us on October 11th when her husband is discharged from military service. The Cramer’s will be heading for Kansas. LPN Mrs. Susanne Kross gave birth to a baby boy on September 14th and is still on maternity leave. Surgery Nurse Mrs. Margaret Williams is also on maternity leave. We will be looking forward to Margaret and Susanne’s re turn. Mrs. Kandy Brown in Medical Records is back on the job after giving birth to a 7 pound, 8 ounce boy on July 24th. LPN Mrs. Kathleen Denman was blessed with a baby girl on August 30th. In-Service Director Mrs. Catherine Morton is on sick leave. We all wish Mrs. Morton a speedy recovery. RN Toni Lewis in Emergency became Mrs. Toni Foster on September 20th. LPN Mary Beck and Jerry Lavach, X-ray, were married on September 25. On September 27th the Laundry crew gave a surprise baby shower in honor of Laundry Supervisor Jean Pickens and Hospital Seamstress Allie Bell Kennedy on the event of their coming grandchild. The Sisters of Providence presented a beautiful plaque of the Madonna and Child for the occasion. This will be the first grandchild for Mrs. Pickens and the first great-grandchild for Mrs. Kennedy. Administration Secretary Mrs. Betty Kimble is enjoying a vacation that will eventually take her all the way to the east coast. Mrs. Kimble’s first stop is Seattle where she will visit her daughter Joanne, a former Providence Hospital employee. Workshop Held At Providence A workshop on surveillance, prevention and control of institutionally associated infections was held in the Providence Hospital Conference Room on September 12th and 13th and at the Centennial Building in Sitka, Alaska on September 15th and 16th. The Workshop was sponsored by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services; the Alaska State Hospital Association; the Alaska State Medical Association; and the Alaska Native Health Services in cooperation with the Center for Disease Control, Training Branch; Health Agencies Branch, Atlanta, Georgia; Medical Standards, HSMHA, Region X; and the Bureau of Health Insurance, SSA, Region X. Providence Hospital participants were Director of Nursing Mrs. Patricia Kruse, and Director of Inservice Education, Mrs. Catherine Morton. New doctors on our staff since July are: George Rhyneer, John Wreggit, John Miller, Guy Clark, Richard Witt, Marian Witt, Jack Smith, James Hanson, Ronald Racca, William Edwards, Alexander Russell, John Smith, George Stewart, Raymond Gills, and Charles Moseley. Dr. Dale Henrickson (Emergency) has left Alaska for Saint Maries, Idaho where he will go into private practice. Dr. Henricksen was instrumental in initiating 24 hour Emergency Room physician coverage. We are very grateful for his innovative services. Georgia M. English, of Portland, Oregon, was the first to give cash for the News Cache! Ms. English sent a check for two dollars, requesting a subscription. No subscription rate has been determined at this time, but we have added Ms. English to our mailing list! PROVIDENCE HOSPITAL / 3200 Providence Drive Anchorage, Alaska 99504 Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Anchorage, Ak. Permit No. 430 Return Requested