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The New Hospitals

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Tosepli Clark, who liolds the position of superintendent of the imiversity hospitals at Ann Arbor, was ■ the city yesterday and made his headquarters at the Hotel Normante. "Work is progressing rapidly on our new hospital buildings," said Mr. Clark, "and f rom present ndicatious the allopathic hospital ][ be ready fpr occupancy in about tffo weeks. The homeopathie hospital will not be completed for some time yet, The two buildings are on a hill south of the depot, but 100 yards apart, with a boiler house for the two between them. The allopathic hospital will have a capacity for seventy patients, and is provided with all modern conveniences and appliances. In fact there is less room in the building than any structure of its kind that I have ever seen, so much space being occupied by the appliances referred to. The building will cost when completed about $15,o, but the homeopathie hospital, which is smaller, will not cost quite as much. No, there will be no difficulty whatever in filling th hospital, as f have on hand at present letters applying for adrnission from more people than we can possibly accommodate. A great many persons throughout the state, and even in other states, believe that they could receive more skillful treatment at Ann Arbor, where there are so many able medical men in the faculty, than they could else where, and henee they are anxious to be admitted to our hospitals. "There isn't the slightest doubt that the new hospitals will be of reat benefit to our medical schools, as we shall be able to give students just as good clinical advantages as they can find in connection with any college. After the new hospitals are opened students will have opportu,nities to secure a practical training that will be of incalculable valué to them, as, for instance, where a patient's leg or arm has been amputated, three or four students will be assigned to look after the patient's case daily, apply dressings to what is left of the limb, etc." "Is it your intention to have a training school for nurses in connection with your hospitals?" was asked. "Oh, yes," replied Mr. Clark, "we shall open a school almost immediately. Arrangements are being made with a very competent, experienced woman in Chicago to act as head nurse, and when our school is in running olrder we shall accept a certain number of young.women between 20 and 30 years of age, who satisfy us that they are of good moral character and in the possession of sound health. The training period will consist of a two years' course, and the pupils will serve for the first year as assistants in the wards of the hospitals, and the second year will be expectcd to perform any duty assigned them by myself or the hospital committee, either to be on service in the hospital, or to be sent as private nurses on application, or to district nursing among the poor. In addition to her board and lodging the pupil will be allowed $50 the first year, and for the second year I75. This is not given as pay for services rendered, as the teaching given and profession acquired are considered an ampie equivalent, but is allowed for uniforms, text-books and other expenses incidental to their training. When the full term of two years is ended, the nurses thus trained will be at liberty to choose their own field of labor, and on leaving the school they will, on passing an examination, each receive a diploma. There is a great demand for skilled, trained nurses nowadays, as they are considered about as necssary in the sick room as an able physician, and 1 know of 110 better field for young women who are obliged to support tbemselves." -