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Alumni Day Banquet Trip Into CMMC Past Is Provided by Slides By Elaine King Of The Times Staff It was 1927-28 and patients at the old Shreveport Charity Hospital had to contend not only with the summer's heat but with flies and bed bugs, too. The administrator distribut-ed 300 fly swatters to patients to try to combat the flies — although the hospital report noted that the livery stable across the street didn't help matters. And mattresses were being steamed to try to exterminate the bed bugs. Today's patients at Con-federate Memorial Medical Center (CMMC) don't have those problems, and the air conditioning is at least pro-mised as part of the renova-tion package to be started soon. Dr. Ike Muslow, former medical director for CMMC and acting dean of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport, gave Confederate alumni a visual trip via slides into the hospital's past at last night's alumni day banquet at Shreveport Country Club. It all began nearly 100 years ago in 1876 when the Louisiana Legislature took the first step toward the charity hospital here — forerunner of CMMC — Dr. Muslow said. In 1876, $10,000 a year was appropriated to maintain a hospital at Ford and Pierre Avenue. In 1882 the legislature ap-propriated funds to buy a 4- acre site on Texas Avenue, the present site of Shreveport City Hall, he said. The first building was erected on the site in 1889 and that year the chief surgeon at the hospital was paid $75 a month. Dr. T. E. Schumpert became chief surgeon for the hospital in 1692 and his salary was $80 a month, but when he was named superintendent and housing for him was pro-vided, the salary again dropped to$75a month. By 1894 the hospital had ladders and buckets in case of fire. Dr. Muslow said. And in 1899 a trained nurse was hired for $30 a month; she asked for $50 and was replaced for $40, he said. In 1904 a new $80,000 build-ing was erected, and for the first time a telephone was in-stalled in the hospital and a nurses training program began. Six doctors composed the house staff in 1915-16. There were 19,993 laboratory procedures in 1924-25, reports of the hospital showed. Last year the number of procedures was 2 to 3 million, he said. Inflation was a problem for the hospital back in 1919, too, Dr. Muslow said, reading from a report that noted a home for nurses was needed, "but owing to inflated prices" the hosptial needed to wait until things were "more normal." "We're still waiting," Dr. Muslow quipped. The cost per day per pa-tient for care was $2.50 in 1924, the same year that the hospital pointed out its "urgent need" for more re-pairs and new and more modern equipment, he said. When fire destroyed a wing of the hospital between 1926 and 1927, a renovation pro-gram stressing fireproofing — like the new renovation pro-gram does — was begun. That program took about two years, the same time estimated for the current pro-gram, he said. The present physical plant on Kings Highway was con-structed at a $10 million cost and with an 800-bed capacity in the early 1950s, while re-novation is expected to cost $11 million. Also rising is the cost per patient per day. In 1927 the cost was $2 11, but it had dropped by 1931 to $1.85, and was $1.48 in 1940. By contrast, the 1971-72 cost per patient per day was $57.41 and the cost from July, 1974-April, 1975 was $80.94. It sounds like history re-peating itself, Dr. Muslow said. And 20 years from now, he predicted, another speaker is likely to stand at a podium and show today's interns and residents pictures of themselves — and there pro-bably will be another renova-tion program underway, and more fireproof ing needed.
|Title||Trip Into CMMC Past is Provided by Slides|
King, Elaine T.
History of Medicine (Shreveport, La.)
Shreveport Charity Hospital (Shreveport, La.)
Confederate Memorial Medical Center (Shreveport, La.)
Muslow, Ike A., 1926-
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