Waynesboro Hospital 90th Anniversary October 2, 1922October 2,2012
1918 Flu Epidemic filled the Fire Hall & YMCAIn 1918 life expectancy for men was 53years and 54 for women.Typhoid fever was very prevalent.Diphtheria was like a thief in the night.Many a small boy cut his foot in thebarnyard or on a rusty nail and thenlockjaw would develop, then death.Attitudes toward healthcare werechanging. Physicians were just startingto set up offices and to receive “real”clinical training.. Hospitals withsterilization and isolation were nowbecoming popular.
1918 Flu Epidemic The Flu epidemic of 1918 killed more people than died in World War I. This epidemic swept the world and killed an estimated 50 million people. One fifth of the worlds population was attacked. Within months it had killed more people than an other illness in recorded history.
1919Dear Fellow Citizens:- There is no city in Penna. of the size ofWaynesboro where the need of a new and modern Hospitalis more apparent than right here in our own community. This situation brings us literally face to face with amatter of life and death. It may be you or your loved ones,or possibly a dear friend who will need the facilities of amodern hospital. If so, to have these, will be worth to you theCost of an entire new building.
Under construction 1921 Wyatt and Nolting Baltimore Architects designed the hospital
Waynesboro Hospital Back view under construction
Only 114 feet long and 35 beds Street Car trolley tracks
Draft of ChargesOffice call 50 ¢Home visit in town 7A – 6P $1 6 - 10 PM +50 ¢ 10P – 7A + $1Home visit in country $1 for first mile and 50¢ for each additional mileObstetric Cases – Normal $10 Abnormal $15 Miscarriage $10 or more
10,000 people attended Opening Day October 2, 1922J. H. Stoner, founder of the hospital was one of the speakers who said their hands were so sore from shaking 10,000 hands, that they may be the first to use the new ER.
Treasurer Report 1923 Wow.. Operating with only $3000 on hand!From old newspaperarticles it is noted thatmost of the linens andfood was donated by thecommunity to support thehospital for the first fewyears.
ED nights were slower in 1967 Staff did not stay in the ED at night. When the bell rang a nurse would come down from the floor to assess the patient. She then would call the physician “On Call” at home and tell them about the patient. The doctor My… how times may come in or request the patient to go to his have changed! office.