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Special Events To Mark U-m Hospital Centennial

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More t h a n two dozen programs, special events, and conferences will be held in 1969 during the observance of the lOOth anniversary of the University of Michigan Hospital. About 5j000 hospital and medical specialists from throughout the United States will attend one or more of the activities during the centennial year, according to a preliminary estimate by Dr. Harold Falls, chairman of the yearlong observance. In addition, some 2,000 to 5,000 persons may come to a public open house preceding the official opening of C. S. Mott Children's Hospital in the spring, Dr. Falls predicted. The broad professional concerns of a modern hospital are By Larry Bush (News Science Keporterl Ann Arbor became the site of the first university-owned hospital in the United States with the establishment of University Hospital by the U-M Medical School a hundred years ago. In honor of this history-making event, the University and the community will host a 1 ber of special events and conferences as part of the centen-. I nial observance. University Hospital has grown frnm a 20-bed facility ing a converted faculty dence on N. University in 1869 to a 1,000-bed hospital which is known and respected throughout the nation in 1969. The first hospital facilities on the U-M campus were made possible when the Michigan Legislature in 1869 appropriated the first public funds for support of the University. In that year the U-M received $15,000 from the state, $400 of which was allocated by the Board of Regents for equipping the hospital. However, the regents failed to appropriate funds for medicine for the first patients who were received in October of 1869. The error was corrected in early December of that year when the medical faculty requested Prof. Henry S. Cheever "to prepare a list of medicines most needed by the hospital, at a cost not exceeding ten dollars." The $10 limitation proved unrealistic, however as the hospital's initial expenditure for medicines actually totaled $55. It also had cost the University $582 to convert the small two-story, stucco residence on N! University into a 20-bed teaching hospital. In 1870 the Board of Regents made an allocation of $260 to improve the hospital facilities by providing better sanitary drainage and more adequate heating and ventilation facilities. At that time the board also approved an increase in l patients' weekly fees from $4 to $5. '-" ■ n-. reflected by the v a r i e t y of themes in the major programs. They include biomedical instrumentation, the education of hospitalized children, infection control, practice and research in nursing, the service unit and new patterns of hospital care, and trends for the hospital of the future. A number of organizations will hold their meetings, conferences, and workshops at University Hospital in conjunction with the 1969 centennial, Dr. Falls reported. These will include the American Association of Hospital Accountants, the Michigan Hospital Pharmacists Association, the Instrument Society of America, the Michigan Hospital Financial Management But it wasn't until 1875 that the hospital was expanded by adding two one-story pavilions, each 115 feet long by 28 feet wide at a cost of $12,000. The Legislature, however, imposed the condition that its appropriation of $8,000 was contingent upon the citizens raising an additional $4,000 for the project. Ann Arbor property owners voted 422-4 in favor oí the special tax assessment, and construction of the additions got under way in September of 1875. When the 'additions were completed, capacity of the hospital was raised from 20 to 60 patients. Between Oct. 1, 1877 and Aug. 31, 1878, a total of 619 patients was treated at the expanded hospital facilities on N. University, and about 200 operations were performed. But the expanded facilities were still not up to the demand, and a new, larger University Hospital was built on Catherine between Glen and Forest in 1891, across from where the U-M Catherine Street Parking Structure is now located. A total of four , more hospital buildings was added on that site in ensuing years.' By 1896 a total of 16 nurses was employed at the expanded Catherine St. facüities, with the two nurses on the night shift being paid the sum. of $175 per year. Dr. Edward B. Patterson, the wardmaster at the hospital, received a salary of $300 per i year. The present University Hospital at the junction of Ann and Conference, and the University Hospitals Executive Council, the latter a group of top administrators representing e i g h t university hospitals in the midwest. One of the largest groups will assemble Sept. 25 when the University of Michigan Medical Center Alumni Association gathers for its a n n u a 1 meeting. More than 400 doctors, nurses, and guests are expected to attend this three-day event. The Centennial is being marked throughout the U-M campus. The Centennial symbol - a script "UMH 100"- has appeared on parking permits, faculty directory, patiënt guidebook, hospital stationery, and posta FP jnLig Observatory was started in 1920, and the outside shell of the building completed the ne x t year. Funds for its construction ran out, however, and it was boarded up until 1923 when $2,300,000 was appropriated for its completion. When the first patiënt was admitted in August of 1925, the new and present University Hospital represented an investment of $4,400,000. Renovations and improvements to the main hospital in recent years have far exceeded that figure. Today the annual food and dietetics budgets for University Hospital exceed $2,500,000, and that is only eight per cent of the money it takes to opérate University Hospital for a year. Since 1925, additional hospital facilites have been added such as the Chlidren's Psychiatrie Hospital, Women's Hospital, and the Neuropsychiatric Instituto (NPI), with the new Mott Children's Hospital nearing completion as the newest facility in the complex for patiënt care. The hospital, which then stood alone, has also since become surrounded by a ever growing Medical Center complex of buildings devoted to medical research and medical education. A director of American and Canadian Hospitals notes that when the University of Pennsylvania moved into its new site in 1873, it erected its owrj hospital building as "the firsti in this country to be built foij the use of a medical school." , In the same publication, howj ever, the hospital of the U-M Medical School is listed as havj ing opened in 1869, four yead earlier. Therefore, the onH claim that the Pennsylvania hos pital has to being the first uni versity hospital in the nation ij that it occupied a new buildinJ constructed for the purpose id stead of a renovated buildin like the one in Ann Arbor. Uniformed personnel in University Hospital are wearing blue and white shoulder patches. Lapel buttons bearing the Centennial symbol in yellow, blue, and white will be available to conference v i s i t o r s, guests, and nonuniformed hospital employés. The University of Michigan Hospital opened in the late summer of 1869 in a converted faculty residence on the main campus. It was the first University Hospital in the country. It has since grown to a 1,000-bed general hospital which serves as a referral center for medical problems throughout Michigan and the surrounding states.