Citizens Pleased; Management Details; Other News (1902)

Hospital Visitors

Highly Pleased with the New Institution

New Form of Blanks Used in Admitting Patients

Name, Age, Place of Birth, Occupation and History of the Case Is all Given

Journal and Tribune, April 19, 1902, Page 8
The “Knoxville General Hospital” is running along smoothly under its new management. The first patient admitted besides the fifteen transferred from the old city hospital was John Presley, a white man aged seventy, whose home is in the Williams house near the rolling mills. He is suffering from inflammation in one of his eyes as the result of a piece of stone striking the member while he was at work following his trade of stone cutter last Saturday. Presley was sent to the hospital by Dr. Chas. H. Davis, and was admitted and assigned to the general ward yesterday afternoon. A new form of blank is being used in admitting patients to the new hospital. The patient’s name and address, also a complete history of his case, so far as practicable, is given by the physician under whose care he or she was when sent to the hospital. The physician gives the symptoms, diagnosing the case as it was when he was first called in, then as it had developed up to the time the patient was committed to the hospital. When the patient reaches the hospital, Dr. Frank Bomar, the resident physician, receives the blank and assigns the patient to a ward or room, and enters his name, age, place of birth, occupation, etc., upon the register. A register has not yet been received at the hospital, but will be put in use at once. Miss Paulus, the superintendent, and her assistant, Miss DeArmond, are having their hands full looking after the management of the hospital and training the several nurses and other help. They were confronted with a slight trouble in the afternoon when one of the negro women employed as assistants quit work, striking because the wages of $2 per week were not regarded as sufficient compensation. One of the women declared that $2 was not enough to buy her shoes. Arthur Barnes, the hospital orderly, is a man of considerable experience, having served in that capacity for two years at the Lyons View asylum. He also nursed the soldiers encamped in this city during the Spanish-American war. He is proving to be thoroughly capable of filling his new position and is giving entire satisfaction. There are now five nurses employed at the hospital, and several of them are proving quite efficient, and are learning their duties rapidly. A Journal and Tribune reporter who made daily visits to the old city hospital visited the new General Hospital yesterday afternoon and was shown through the building by the assistant superintendent and Dr. Bomar. The clean, white walls, the clean, spotless floors, the white bedding, and the general arrangement and orderly conduct of affairs was indeed a marked contrast to the old hospital. May visitors are calling each day at the hospital and are shown through the different wards and rooms by Dr. Bomar or other attaches. The unanimous verdict of all has been one of approval. The large elevator at the hospital has not yet been put in, but will be in operation in a few days.

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