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Kaiser Permanente Maternity, 1948

posted on December 4, 2013

by Lincoln Cushing, Heritage writer

Planning for Health newsletter 1948-01Kaiser Permanente’s Total Health Radio has just released a compelling podcast interview, “The Truth About Pregnancy.” The media have changed over the years, but Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to an informed membership has never wavered, even when invoking a large waterborne bird was part of the maternity messaging. This article, “How Permanente Assists Mr. Stork” (storks being traditional fertility symbols, associated with springtime and birth) is from the January 1948 issue of the newsletter Planning for Health.

Eight doctors and 32 nurses form the staff of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Permanente Hospital and allied centers. The doctors are James Basye, Jack Hallatt, James Harkins, Robert W. King, John O’Hare, James Sategna (at Vallejo), and Theodore S. Stashak. In the Obstetrics division, women are cared for in pregnancy and childbirth, while the Gynecology division is devoted to treatment of women’s diseases with the exception of pre-natal cases.

Planning for Health newsletter 1948-01As a rule, 1600 patients are treated each month in the combined department, and of this number one-fourth are pre-natal cases. 115 to 120 babies are brought into the world at Permanente each month. All deliveries and labors require individual management. Relief from pain is the objective in all cases, with the doctor choosing the method safest for child and mother. The majority of deliveries are conducted under nerve block anesthesia. Percentage of abnormal deliveries is quite small and is within the range of national medical experience during the last ten years. Cesarian sections are performed only when needed for sound obstetrical reasons.”

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Film of Mason City (Washington) Hospital doctors, nurses, and staff – 1938

posted on November 27, 2013

by Lincoln Cushing, Heritage writer


Still from film of doctors, nurses, and staff at Mason City (Washington) Hospital serving the workers at Grand Coulee Dam, circa 1938. Click on photo to see film clip.

This piece is a Thanksgiving offering, a display of our deep appreciation for all the health care professionals who keep us well.

Kaiser Permanente Heritage Resources recently digitized some silent film footage of the Mason City (Washington) Hospital circa 1938. It shows doctors and nurses who were proud to serve at America’s largest Depression-era construction project, living under hardship conditions in a remote town with blistering heat and freezing cold.

This facility was the birthplace of the Kaiser Permanente health plan, where Dr. Sidney Garfield was brought up to care for the workers and families at Henry J. Kaiser’s massive Grand Coulee Dam project.

The original hospital at the site had fallen into disrepair and the unions claimed it was insufficient for their members’ health care. In 1938 Kaiser Industries won the contract to finish the dam, and Henry J. Kaiser and his son Edgar (General Manager of the project) spared no expense on a remodel.  Among the many modern amenities installed was air conditioning.

In this clip Kaiser Permanente founding physician Dr. Sidney Garfield is seen exiting the recently-renovated facility to a gathering of doctors and nurses which includes Dr. Cecil Cutting (center of this frame, with a ball in his hand), Dr. Wallace Neighbor, nurse anaesthetist Geraldine “Jerry” Searcy, and RN’s Winifred Wetherill and Evie Sanger. The footage is short clip from recently digitized from Dr. Neighbor’s home movies, which also includes doctors on horseback, the local rodeo, scenes of Mason City, and dam construction.

See them thrive. Then go thrive yourself, and help build thriving communities.

MWAK Hospital 1936-37

Original hospital at Mason City, circa 1936.
(Under original construction consortium of Mason, Walsh, Atkenson-Kier, or MWAK)

File #1020 - Mason City Hospital - Grand Coulee Dam

Renovated hospital at Mason City, circa 1938.
(Kaiser Industries)

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Richmond shipyard women – Homefront heroines

posted on April 10, 2012

A recent gift to the Heritage Resources archive – a Kaiser Richmond Shipyards photo of 20 female workers, one happy fellow, and a nurse. This acquisition was from Terry Meneze, granddaughter of Mamie Allen (middle row, far right) who came to California from a dustbowl cotton farm in Oaklahoma in 1942 with her four children seeking a better life. [LC]

Names and cities of origin are written on the back, but not linked to any face.Frances Huff, Salem, Illinois – “Slow Poke”; Muriel Kidd, Evanston, Wyoming; Frances Huff, Salem, Illinois – “Slow Poke”; Ina Hallum, Arkansas; Gertrude “Bobby” Fall, California; Helen Brashear, Oklahoma; Donna Lee Tudder, McGee “Cale”; Shirley Marriott, “Dumbo”, Ogden, Utah; Viola Meddo, Oklahoma; Sally Perata; Anita Siehl, San Francisco, California; Myrtle Dedman, Trumann, Arkansas; Wilma Salonish, California, “Prune”,”Mrs. Mike”; Eunice Smith, “Little Smitty Honey,” Wisconsin; Willie Rogers, Louisiana; Mrs. Medley, Arkansas; Christine Cole, McAlester, Oklahoma; Lois Allen, Fargo, North Dakota; Louelle Erikson, Billings, Montana; Lois Stoelting; Mamie Allen.

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