The Hood River News, Hood River, OR., May 7, 1954, section 3, page 1


     Beginning with Sunday, May 9, Hood River Community hospital will celebrate national hospital week with special events. This year, the 30th anniversary of the Hood River hospital coincides with the 30 years that national hospital day has been sponsored by the American Hospital association.
     On Sunday afternoon, May 9, the Hood River Community hospital will hold open house on two occasions. Sunday afternoon, between 2 and 4 p.m., the public will be invited to visit the hospital. Special tours have been arranged so that each department may be visited. Refreshments will be served during the open house period. On Tuesday, the hospital will participate in a special career day program at Wy'East high school for students of that school who have been members of the Pre-N (pre-nursing) club, sponsored by the hospital. Frances Young will speak on "What We Have Learned" and other members of the club will present a play entitled "Looking Through The Window." A short film on nursing, "Keepers of the Lamp" will be shown, after which certificates will be presented each club member.
     Members of the club, which is officially the Hood River hospital Pre-N club include the following students: Ivone Baker, Iva Lou Bratton, Louise Butterfield, Laura Christensen, Ann Dowless, Judy Getchell, Sharon George, Barbara Gilkerson, Lorissa Huseby, Carol Kusachi, Wanda Murray, Ella Shibahara, Eleen Walker, Dorothy Walters, Avo Wilson and Frances Young.
     The hospital will hold open house that Tuesday between 2 and 4 p.m., for the members of the various ladies clubs of the valley. Hostesses for the occasion will be the ladies of the board of trustees and wives of trustees.
     The hospital will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a banquet and program on Wednesday evening, May 12, at the Hood River Country Club. About 100 invitations have been mailed out for the banquet.
     Friday, May 14, has been designated as Hood River high school day. On Saturday afternoon, the hospital will have its 30-year birthday part. All babies born in the Hood River hospital are invited. Refreshments and favors will be provided for this event which will be held on the lawn at the hospital. Several gifts will go to those whose birthdays fall on May 12.
     Established 30 years ago, the Hood River hospital was a community project, begun when residents of the area realized the needs of adequate care at that time were not available. It's first home was on Oak street and the institution was known as the Cottage hospital. The wooden frame structure is still standing.
     The present building was erected in 1932 after popular subscriptions and large individual donations had been subscribed.
     At present, 11 local doctors and 27 consultants have been accepted on its staff. There are beds for 44 patients. In the past five years, a medical record library has been established and registered laboratory and X-ray departments have been set up.
     In the past year, improvements have included construction of an ambulance entrance and emergency care department on the east side of the ground floor. A special dedication of this addition is planned during the open house this Sunday afternoon. At the same time, awards of service pens will be made to 10 and five-year employees.
     In February of this year, Hood River Community hospital gained full accreditation from the national Joint Commission of Accreditation, which represents the major national hospital and medical associations. As such, the hospital has the distinction of being the smallest of the state with this honor.

©  Jeffrey L. Elmer