100 Years of Compassionate Care: RMH's Third 25 Years
RMH continued to expand to meet the needs of a growing community. This mid-1970s aerial photo shows the 1968 addition as well as the two-story 1975 addition that housed a new, modern emergency department on the first floor and technologically advanced critical and progressive care units in the second.
Even as turmoil swirled around the nation, RMH continued to grow and to offer quality medical care to the surrounding community. In 1963, there were 10,035 total admissions, with 1,461 births and 4,405 surgical procedures. Admissions would continue to increase, although at a lower rate, totaling just over 11,000 by 1985. In contrast, after peaking in 1963 and spiking again in 1971, births began a slow but steady decline in numbers, reflecting a national trend.
The rapidly increasing use of medical technology in testing and diagnosis was evident in the hospitalâ€™s yearly records as well, with the laboratory conducting 126,709 procedures and the radiology department performing 13,405 patient X-rays in 1963. By the mid 1980s, the number of lab procedures would increase to more than 400,000 yearly. X-rays would increase from 13,405 in 1963 to more than 50,000 each year.2
The hospital medical staff also grew steadily following the post-WWII period. In 1963, the staff included 58 physicians, including specialists in obstetrics, urology, pediatrics and surgery. Twenty-five years later, in 1987, the medical staff boasted 140 physicians and six dentists.
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