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The total subscription of the officers and employees to the Third Liberty Loan was $12,750.
On May 14, 1918, a dance was given at the hospital for the National League for Woman's Service and $90.15 were turned over to the committee in Ogdensburg.
The total amount collected at the hospital in the Red Cross Drive, May 20 to 25, 1918, was $874.93.
The total subscription for War Savings Stamps June 28, 1918, was $4405.
The following articles have been made by the patients and employees of the hospital for the National League for Woman's Service and the Red Cross :
One hundred and forty-three sweaters, 71 scarfs, 549 pairs socks, 87 pairs wristlets, 24 caps, 2 washcloths.
The old barns on the Morrison farm have been torn down and the material which was suitable, together with new, has been used in the construction of a modern dairy and hay barn, which has been completed.
A horse barn is under construction to accommodate 28 farm horses. This barn is placed nearby the present farm barns. The present stable for these horses, which is on the second floor of one of our barns over the cows, will be renovated and made into a granary for the storage of farm crops and dairy feed.
-Utica State Hospital, Utica.-The Senior Class of Syracuse Medical College was given two clinics at the hospital during the month of April.
Graduating exercises of the Training School were held on the evening of June 28. There were in graduates--all women.
During the summer extensive and much needed repairs have been made to the boiler plant.
The activities of the hospital have been necessarily limited by the shortage which has prevailed in the corps of attendants and in the medical staff for several months past. It has been difficult to do the necessary farm labor, much routine work has been curtailed, entertainments interfered with, and often it is difficult to maintain an adequate force in the various wards.
-Willard State Hospital, Willard.—The hospital district was increased May 1 by the addition of Onondaga County, which includes the city of Syracuse. The district now comprises ten counties, viz., Allegany, Cayuga, Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates.
There are four vacancies on the medical staff; 62 vacancies for men attendants and nurses, and 42 vacancies for women attendants and nurses. The ward services are now so crippled that exemption will be claimed for all drafted men doing ward service, under the forthcoming draft, in accordance with a provision in the “Revised Selective Service Regulations."
A meeting of the Committee on Mental Hygiene and After Care was held at the hospital May 10. Dr. Ethan A. Nevin, Superintendent of the State Custodial Asylum at Newark, gave an address on “The FeebleMinded."
The Tompkins County Medical Society met at the hospital June 20, 22 members being in attendance. A clinic was held at which dementia præcox and manic-depressive insanity were considered.
New iron and concrete foundations have been put in the dining rooms at Sunnycroft, and tile floors laid.
Oh10.–At a conference of civic organizers held in Cincinnati, March 18, 1918, resolutions were adopted calling on the governor and State Board of Administration to establish an institute of psychiatric research which would have the supervision of all institutions caring for the insane, criminal and epileptic, and to take measures for the improvement of their care.
-Massillon State Hospital, Massillon.-A meeting of the Ohio Board of Administration and the managing officers of Ohio state institutions was held at this hospital on May 2, 1918. It was made the occasion of congratulations to our vice-president, Dr. Henry C. Eyman, who that day had completed 34 years of service in Ohio state institutions. He went to the Athens State Hospital on May 2, 1884, and remained there three years. He was then at the Toledo State Hospital for five years. Next he was at Cleveland State Hospital for eight years. He was elected superintendent of this hospital in 1899 and has been its managing officer ever since.
At the afternoon session the following addresses were made: Seven Years of the Ohio Board of Administration, by Professor J. W. Jones; Changes in Methods of Treatment and Management, Dr. O. O. Fordyce; New Methods of Caring for Prisoners and Defectives, Warden P. E. Thomas. At the evening meeting Dr. Eyman gave Reminiscences of 34 Years With the Insane, and was followed by Mr. Charles McIntyre, wło spoke on Why a Public Institution Should Operate a Farm.
OKLAHOMA.-Oklahoma State Hospital, Norman.-A disastrous fire occurred at this institution on April 13, 1918, when about 30 negro patients lost their lives. Three frame buildings were destroyed and a fourth was badly damaged. The property loss was estimated at $40,000. The legislature of 1916 had made an appropriation of $85,000 for a new fire-proof building, but it had only recently become available.
PENNSYLVANIA.—Danville State Hospital, Danville.—The graduating exercises of the Training School for Nurses of this hospital were held on June 13, 1918, at 8 o'clock in the amusement hall. The graduates numbered 22, 15 women and seven men.
- Philadelphia Hospital for the Insane, Philadelphia.- The war has caused a delay in the removal of this hospital from West Philadelphia to
Byberry. The five large buildings now under construction, including an administration building and four dormitories, have been accepted by the Surgeon-General as a military base reconstruction hospital. The buildings are about half completed and nearly all of the necessary material is at hand. The four dormitories have a capacity of 800 which can easily be increased to 1000. They are situated in a tract of about 200 acres.
South CarolinA.—State Hospital for the Insane, Columbia.—During the past six months the work of rebuilding and remodeling the old building has continued, and every effort is being made to provide clean, wholesome, and sanitary surroundings for the patients. The work, however, is considerably hampered on account of labor conditions.
VIRGINIA.–Central State Hospital, Petersburg.—There are 1800 patients here. During the past 12 months there has been 535 admissions-a 10 per cent decrease as compared with the previous year.
The statistical tables recommended by the American Medico-Psychological Association have been adopted at this institution and will be used in the report for the fiscal year just ending.
The legislature at the recent session appropriated $525,000 for maintenance for the two ensuing years—$125,000 more than the previous two years. This amount, however, is considerably less than that recommended by the Board of Directors and the superintendent. For special improvements and additional accommodations, the legislature appropriated for the two ensuing years, the amount that had been recommended by the hospital authorities.
The principal improvements that have been made during the past few months are as follows:
One cottage (wood construction) was built on the grounds, and is now being occupied by the first assistant physician as a residence.
A new modern bakery and oven, an ice-making and cold storage plant have been completed and are in use. A new corn mill, operated by surplus electric current, has been installed, and a few other minor improvements have been made. On account of difficulty in procuring material and labor, large improvements of a permanent nature have been deferred.
Both last year and this the activities about the farm have received special attention; 350 acres of tillable land have been kept in cultivation of vegetables and other food stuffs, and feed for the hospital stock. Extraordinary preparations are also being made, looking to a large crop for next year, including nearly 100 acres of wheat.
The force in every department of the hospital has been very materially reduced on account of construction in connection with Camp Lee and various industrial activities in this community, as well as the draft. The medical staff has been reduced to the superintendent and two assisting physicians; two of the assistants have entered the army. The mechanical force has suffered many changes and is now much below the minimum. The general administration and business departments of the institution
have been kept intact fairly well most of the time. The percentage of nurses and attendants has been reduced during the past year more than 50 per cent of the normal number. To meet, in a measure, the emergency, 25 or 30 patients with mild psychoses have been selected as acting attendants and assigned to duties usually performed by regular attendants. These patients are paid a small compensation.
On account of this shortage in the hospital force, it has been impossible to keep up the usual standard of the institution. In fact a critical point has been reached, but there seems no signs of relief for some time to come.
CANADA.—The Canadian National Committee for Mental Hygiene was organized at Ottawa, April 26, 1918.
MANITOBA.—Winnipeg.-Two years ago the provincial government voted $50,000 for the establishment of a psychopathic institute. The General Finance Committee for Winnipeg recently held a meeting to award a contract for the erection of this institution which is to be used for the care and treatment of soldiers from Manitoba who are suffering from psychopathic conditions. It will be necessary to secure an additional grant from the provincial legislature.
appointments, Resignations, Etc.
Adams, DR. J. L., appointed Third Assistant Physician at Florida Hospital for the
Insane at Chattahoochee. ANDERSON, DR. ALICE G., appointed head of the medical department of the Women's
Division at State Hospital for the Insane at Patton, Cal., April 1, 1918. ASPER, Lieut. Burt Jacob, formerly Assistant Physician at Springfield State Hospi.
tal at Sykesville, Md., is believed to have been lost on the U. S. S. Cyclops. Austin, DR. ANNIE, Woman Physician at State Hospital for the Insane at Columbia,
S. C., resigned March 26, 1918. Baker, DR. JANE R., appointed Trustee of State Hospital for the Insane at Morris
town Pa. BALCH, MAJOR Ralph E., formerly Trustee of Kalamazoo State Hospital at Kalamazoo,
Mich., is in a field hospital in France. Beach, DR. ESTELLE, appointed Medical Interne at Middletown State Homeopathic
Hospital at Middletown, N. Y., November 8, 1917, promoted to Woman Physician
January 15, 1918, and resigned July 31, 1918. Bell, DR. RAYMOND G., Medical Interne at Binghamton State Hospital at Binghamton,
N. Y. entered military service May 4, 1918. BERRY, DR. JEROME F., Assistant Physician at Kalamazoo State Hospital at Kalamazoo,
Mich., commissioned Captain in Medical Corps, U. S. Army, is at Camp Gordon,
Atlanta, Ga. Bevis, DR. W. M., First Assistant Physician at Florida Hospital for the Insane at
Chattahochee, appointed Superintendent July 7, 1918. BILLARD, DR. CHARLES L., appointed Ophthalmologist at St. Elizabeth's Hospital at
Washington, D. C., June 6, 1918. BIN FORD, Dr. Nellie, appointed Assistant Physician and Pathologist at Norwalk State
Hospital at Norwalk, Cal., August 10, 1918. BREAULT, DR. ANATHOL M., appointed Medical Interne at Utica State Hospital at
Utica, N. Y., July 15, 1918, and drafted into federal service August 5, 1918. BRIM, DR. ANNE S., appointed Medical Interne at Middletown State Homeopathic
Hospital at Middletown, N. Y., November 2, 1917, and resigned February 11, 1918. BROUGHAM, Dr. Dewitt, Medical Interne at Utica State Hospital at Utica, N. Y.,
promoted to Assistant Physician April 1, 1918, and resigned May 13, 1918. BOLLINGER, DR. EDWARD, First Assistant Physician at Nebraska State Hospital at
Ingleside, resigned. Bond, DR. J. B., Superintendent of Western Hospital for the Insane at Bolivar, Tenn.,
resigned to enter private practice. BUCHANAN, DR. JAMES M., Superintendent of East Mississippi Insane Hospital at
Meridian, resigned after twenty-five years' service. BULKLEY, DR. ALBERT C., Clinical Director at Friends Hospital, Frankford, Philadelphia,
promoted to Superintendent. BUTLER, DR. ROBERT M., Superintendent of Mississippi Insane Hospital at Jackson,
resigned. BYINGTON, DR. S. B., Medical Interne at State Hospital for the Insane at Columbia,
S. C., resigned February 1918. Calonge, DR. Guy E., appointed Medical Interne at St. Elizabeth's Hospital at
Washington, D. C., June 10, 1918, and resigned June 10, 1918. CAMPBELL, DR. Chas. MACFIE, was one of the speakers at the National Conference
of Social Work at Kansas City, May 15-22, 1918. Case, DR. JAMES D., appointed Superintendent of Nebraska State Hospital at Lincoln. CASEY, ELMER B. M., Medical Interne at St. Elizabeth's Hospital at Washington,
D. C., promoted to Junior Assistant Physician April 1, 1918, resigned June 6, 1918, and commissioned First Lieutenant in Medical Corps, U. S. Army.