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OF ST. PETER HOSPITAL VOLUME I OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON, MARCH 1966 NUMBER 1 SANDY RINGS THE BELL Sister Marcelle Odile, administrator, left; Mrs. Esther (Sandy) Johnson, nurse's aide, surgery, center; Dorothy Magness, RN, personnel director, right. Mrs. Esther (Sandy) Johnson, Nurse’s Aide — in Surgery, center above, put oil to the production wheels of our new publication with her prize-winning name entry — CALL BELL. The judges selected this title, basing their choice on the originality and appropriateness to the purpose of the new publication. Mrs. Johnson has been a resident of the Northwest all her life. She was born in Seattle, graduated from Queen Anne High School, and was married the same year. Her husband, Bob, is presently a traffic sergeant for the Olympia Police Department. The Johnsons have three children: Bob, Jr., Mrs. Charlotte Ockerman, and Joe. Joe is in Special Forces attending the J. F. Kennedy Special Warfare School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. COST FINDING Sister Marcelle Odile, administrator, Sister Flora Margaret, treasurer, Mrs. Fannie Devoe, accountant, and Mrs. Wilma Lund, junior accountant, attended an Institute on Cost Finding, March 11-15, held at Mount St. Joseph, Spokane. Each year, the Sisters of the Province of the Sacred Heart and of the St. Ignatius Province meet with experts and discuss their problems and seek improvements. This year the group had the honor of having representatives from the Mother House: Mother Annunciata, assistant general, and Mother John of Calvary, treasurer general. The Johnsons have five grandchildren. Mrs. Johnson came to St. Peter Hospital in April of 1953. She first worked nights on second floor. Since 1955 she is part of the important staff in Surgery. Honorable mention in the Name’s the Game Contest go to Gwendolyn Davis, (housekeeping); Ella Neely, (Central Supply); Doris Goercke, (Business Office); Elsie Higgins, RN (third floor), and Nina Scott, NA (second floor). Many thanks to all who so enthusiastically participated in the kick-off activities for our publication. This type of work and this type of interest will make our CALL BELL a successful and valuable paper for all of us at St. Peter Hospital and to everyone in this community. CHAPEL CALL THE CALL BELL Published monthly by employes and staff of ST. PETER HOSPITAL Olympia, Washington Administrative and executive editor, Sister Marcelle Odile; Contributors: Dorothy Mag-ness, RN; Father Vincent, OSB, chaplain; Sylvia Jones, Dorothy King, Ruth E. Loes, Dr. R. A. Brown. Photography by Mike Contris, II. FROM THE ADMINISTRATOR: Our First Issue Not only is it a pleasure, but it is the realization of a long-cherished ambition for us at St. Peter Hospital to present our first issue of The CALL BELL to our friends in the Olympia area. The aim of this publication is to attain closer relationship with the people we serve as well as those with whom we have business transactions. The CALL BELL also gives us the opportunity to express our gratitude to all who have helped us during the past 79 years St. Peter Hospital has been in operation. This past relationship gives us the assurance that you will extend to us this support in the future. With God’s help and your encouragement we will continue to offer the very best of nursing care and services. S ister M arcelle O dile A FRACTURE . . . Then And Now! Birthday anniversary congratulations were in order recently for Dr. Ralph Brown who celebrated the occasion with best wishes from all the hospital personnel. Oh, yes, there was an expertly decorated cake. Dr. Brown agreed this is rather a special year, for it marks the anniversary of his thirtieth year of practicing medicine in Olympia. It was noled thal his first patient here was a fracture case. Thirty years later, to the day, his first call of the day, you're right, a fracture patient! Best wishes from everyone and may you have 30 more years to add on. WHAT IS PAP TEST? This test is a method of detecting early cancer of the cervix by examining microscopically a specimen of cells taken from the cervix. There may still be a few among us who recall the days when the burning issue was the so-called contradiction between Science and Faith. Fortunately, that contradiction has been resolved not alone by recognition — honest, though at times painful — on both sides that there is no reason for conflict between them, but primarily by some of the most eminent scientists who have proved that faith, far from being an obstacle to their labors in science, has in reality been the source of their greatest comfort. The world today is threatened with another contradiction far more bewildering and far more alarming than that of 50 years ago. On one hand is the flattering picture of confidence and pride born of initiative, courage, and experimentation reflected in the phenomenal progress registered in countless fields of human endeavor. On the other is the haunting picture of anxiety and fear at the prospect of total destruction made possible by the very genius of man himself. Before Vatican Council ever issued iis treatise on The Church in the Modern World, Pope Pius XII had pleaded with Christians the world over to unite in demonstrating how to resolve this frightening contradiction by a "Courageous re-assessment of the values involved, especially those within man himself." To be convinced that human values sorely need re-assessment, we need only survey the conflicting and confusing ideals and patterns of conduct in the face of such human realities as the meaning of life itself, the meaning of human brotherhood, the meaning of love and family and children and home, the meaning of joy and sorrow, the meaning of health and sickness, the meaning of prosperity and poverty. It has been and it must forever be man's interpretation of and reaction to realities such as these that constitute human values. Human values must forever be determining factors of social progress and human behavior. SCHARL RETURNS Sylvester Scharl returned to his important duties as operating room orderly, following a brief illness. He was missed greatly — which just goes to show you that we don’t really appreciate how essential a man is until he isn’t around. HOSPITAL BOARD IS ORGANIZED MEMBERS OF THE BOARD of St. Peter Hospital, seated, left to right: Robert J. Selene, Ludlow Kramer, Ernest L. Meyer, M. J. Contris, Milton Bean, General Edward C. Dohm; standing, left to right: Philip Wack, Carlton I. Sears, Fire Chief Harry Lynch, Noyes Talcott, Mayor Neil McKay, C. A. Boddy, A. G. Homann and Curt Lewis. Not pictured: John Ellison and Harry Lewis. EMPLOYE of the Month Her bearing, grooming and carriage have a regal quality. Her demeanor is that of quiet self-confidence. Her voice is always modulated and kindly. Surely she epitomizes the best qualities of an old and proud profession. She is Mary Ziegler. Mrs. Ziegler was graduated from Si. Peler School of Nursing in 1925. One must concede they just don't train them that way anymore. It is not only her training but something very worthwhile in herself that makes her give only her best, day after day. Incidentally, Sister Mary Oliver was in charge of surgery when Mrs. Ziegler was a student. Following her graduation, Mrs. Ziegler worked for nine years for Dr. C. W. Jones. After she raised her family she returned to her Alma Mater where she has been regularly working at St. Peter Hospital since 1953. Hundreds of persons have benefitted by the devoted service of this outstanding individual. She is a great credit to herself, to her community, to her hospital and to the nursing profession. February 17, 1966, marks a historical highlight of St. Peter Hospital, one comparable to the founding of the hospital itself and the many important steps taken by hospital administrators and superiors since that founding. It was on February 17, that members of the newly formed Board of St. Peter Hospital held their first official session, elected off icers and began the work for which they were brought together: namely, “ to counsel the administration in matters concerning relationships between the hospital and the community, the improvement of hospital services and to advise and assist the administration in all matters presented for its consideration.” President of the board is M. J. Contris. His two fellow officers are Ernest L. Meyer, vice-president; and Milton Bean, executive-secretary. CONGRATULATIONS Surgery has acquired a new old — or an old new — assistant supervisor. Tommie Townsend, or Lempie, as she is known to her friends, has been continuously employed at St. Peter Hospital for about 14 years. So she comes more than a little prepared to assume her new duties. Congratulations, Tommie; and congratulations, St. Peter Hospital, for a loyal, able and reliable employe. Latest And Best Sister Marcelle Odile recently announced another important step in the general scheme of continued improvement and modernization at St. Peter Hospital: acquisition of three of the latest available anesthesia machines. Contrary to popular belief, a general anesthestic is not just a shot in the arm of that miracle drug sodium pentothal. Though this may be the last he remembers, once the patient is rendered unconscious, the anesthetic really is just starting. Then go on the mask and the various gases delivered by the Heidbrink compact model machines under control of the anesthesiologist. Many different vapors and gases are part of the armamentarium of modern anesthesia and the safe administration depends on a complex mechanism which By Sylvia, Jones St. Peter Hospital Women’s Auxiliary was founded in 1954. Purpose of the'group is found in the resolution adopted at that time: To promote and to advance the welfare of the St. Peter Hospital of Olympia through ways and means approved by the Administrator of the hospital. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at the Nurses’ Home, starting at ten o’clock in the morning. There are no meetings during the Summer months or in December. At the present time there are 98 active members, 63 sustaining members and seven life members. Active members pay dues of $2 a year and they are expected to participate in Auxiliary projects. Sustaining members pay dues of $10 a year. A life membership is $100. The volunteer in-service program is an active one. Its support is one of the most important auxiliary projects. A director of volunteers, Mrs. Marion Christianson, is employed by the A u x iliary. Her function is to train, coordinate and supervise adult volunteers and teen-age Candy Stripers in providing patient services which might not otherwise be available. Volunteers in their cheerful pink smocks, deliver mail, magazines and books to patients, help patients with menus, take patients to X-ray, fold baby linen and, when needed, feed patients. Volunteers also provide coffee for relatives of patients in surgery. must meter these highly powerful substances'’" in very precise measurement— and unfailingly! The new equipment is designed also to absorb carbon dioxide that is being exhaled continuously by the patient. If allowed to accumulate in the inhaled atmosphere of the breathing circuit, it would lead to very serious consequences. The machines, purchased at a cost of $4,500, can easily be converted to utilize piped-in gases when new surgOries are built. (.................................... ST. PETER HOSPITAL 420 South Sherman Street ., Olympia, Washington 98501 ■ .. 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