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The Small Community Hospital

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Pages: 68

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: John Allan Hornsby

Excerpt from book: THE SMALL COMMUNITY HOSPITAL—THE PLANNING. The Surrey of the Community—Classes of Patients to Be Cared for—Size of the Hospital— Architectural Division by Sexes and Diseases— The Administrative Space—The Operating Suite. PAPER III EACH community has a problem of its own when it approaches the subject of a community hospital, and before any material move is made, excepting the collection of funds and the organization of a temporary board, something of a survey of the community ought to be made to determine the size and character and limitations of the hospital, not only in the first unit to be built, but through a period far into the future. And this survey is practically no different from a survey of that same community that might be made by a business man who was thinking of erecting a store or engaging in any other commercial enterprise. A merchant, thinking about settling there, would want to use his very best judgment as to the future of the town and the surrounding country. He would want to make some calculations as to the character of the future population as well as the present in so far as its spending capacity was concerned. In other words, a store that he would think about opening in a community that was to be made up of the working classes would be far different from that in a sum- as mer resort community made up of well-to-do people on an outing, or a suburban city whose population was largely made up of wealthy people who could afford to live out of the nearby metropolis. In the one place he would think about carrying a stock that would be popular with the working classes, and in the other cases he would think about catering to people who had money to spend for fads and fancies. In this sort of survey, then, we ought to draw out something of the future ...  

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