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FOUR that mhlng is mor that Catholic papers ahould Iave so that every avary day good rand- and warns, and promotes the Chril- S, PP.. XV. A Catholic Paper it ' Pervetual Mission.-- II Poe Io XIIL "Yhe Guardian" in very lnn --our Motto. ................................... r ............................................................................................ =--=7_-= ....... :_---=---- The Official Organ of the Diocese of Liule Rock Arkansas ST. JOSEPH'S ORPHANAGE SPECIAL VINCENT 'S INFIRMARY ITS INFLUENCE ADDEDT0 J HAS THE iMPROVEMENT OF LiTTLe ROCK AS WELL AS C'()UNTY AND STATE .................................................................................. tl fins Grown Steadily in Last Thirty Years. In I'eace and War, an Agency Always to be Counted On.--Class "A" Hospital Among National lnstituti.ons for the Sick Now Completes Home for Nurses early days of l,ittle-Rock, the'Civil War very little a.- given to the unfm'tun- or afflicted. The only for either sick or the as fat. as records show. mty Poorhouse. During Le Coufederates utilized and the.churches for surgical emergency the retreat from the Hill, St. Andrew's churches were dtals for the wounded the Federals occu- they converted St. into a general hos- army, whel,e their sick were eare(l I'm'. tere was erected, vhel'e depot now stands, :the l,'reedmen': was devoted entirely of Negroes under the United States Govern- Association tim War, about 1871 society was organized kaow{l the Ladies' SOciation. Their ob- tble work for or anO disabled, but hospital buihling. ks-Baxter war in bai'racks rcmainmg ase Yard were given hosl)ital purposes. were built of and the work; entirely upon the of the unlit- of Mrs. M. E. of the associa- in a very pot(- Way for several years. was given the State to re- to Seventh and near where the Cap- stands. Provision and and Pine Bluff Y had contracted with at Second and Col- care for the sick and of that road. Dr. A. Was the local surgeon. rues were available and Le Patient. depended on Whoever would help in Pacific and Iron at that time had for the ca're of and their the road was le- but there was no Provided for their of the building of] mrial Hospital, Little. s)ita aeeomm(dations ] ke care of sick and dis- some private en- hospitals for And although the the needs of a hos- COoperation seemed m its way. The lady we pre- struggled along but little aid. ngs ,f her institu- she did much as failure in a cause. 8t, Vineent's visited the South and other sorely strick- a devout Catho- God spared I.,itt:le he would Provision for the and as tile d6opera- St, Vincent's In- firmary was estahlish.ed in the old A1- agement from sectarian bias, only 47 exander George bui!ding, now occu- were of the Catholic faith. pied as the general offices for the Non-Sectarian Rock Island railway. Thi,; building From its very inception, the reli- was enlarged and used until the pros- gidus belief of no patient has been eat structure was finished, asked, and their financial condition, if On the 17th day of May, 1888. at. considered at all, was simply to give the invitation o Bishop Fitzgerald,  the best of attention to the one who Sisters of Charity came from the most needed it, and who was unable mother house at Nazareth, Kentucky, ' to secure it at some other more ex- to take charge of St. Vincent's In- pensive institution. firmary, and on .the 24th of the fol- New Era in Hospila,'s lowing July, after repairs and altera- The laying of the cornerstone in tions, it was made ready for the re- 1899 of the new St. Vincent's Infirm- eeption of pati.onts. It was designed ary mm'ked' the real beginnmg of one for th sick poor, suffering from acute of the most important institutions of non-contagious diseases, without re- Little Rock, and in fact, of the entire gard to creed, color or sex. State, for the people of Arkansas tnd Prejudice Overcome- of this city in particular, have come. Tbe nursing was clone altogetber by to regard this gl, eat institution as one Sisters. At first thm'e was great of the most necessttry and most im- portant of the State. "In speaking of prejudi(e on the part of many of the people of Little Reek against the hos- St. Vincent's as the institution is .to- pitat becaus'e it was regarded as chart- day, one of the leading business men ty. It was some considerable time of Little Rock declared, "There is no before the public was educated to the stronger advertisement for Little Rock fact that a good hospital is the place than St. Vincent's Infirmary," while for the care of sick people. There was thousands of poor people living not also strong prejudice against the hos- only within the bounds of the city, but pital as a sectarian institution, estab- scattered far and wide over the State, lished and operated by Catholics, un- and some in ltistant States, are em- tfl gradually the physicians of the city phatic in giving this institution the and surrounding country sent their pa- credit of having saved their lives, tients, members of all churches or no thrw, lgh providing the only place churches, to the Infirmary, and sev- where the could secure the attention oral Protestant ministers were cared necessary in their time of distress. for without charge, until this prejudice Memorial Rooms was wholly dissipated. While St. Vincent's is knovn far Old St. Vincent's and wide as the place where the sick The building was not suitable for may go without money or influence hospital purposes and could not be and be received and cared for until made satisfactorily so. It was there- well, it is equally as well known as fore "finally sold and the proceeds were the ,haven of the wealthiest people of applied to the erection of the present th city, many of whom keep up rooms home of the institution. During the land support beds the year round, all time the old St. Vincent's Infirmary, 0f which are at the disposal of these was in operation, 1,800 patients had needing attention, when not being been received, of which number 925 used by their own families. were absolute charity cases, and to in-[ Open to All dicate how eatilly free was the man- t Hospitals were formerly designed stands for the best qualittcations mdcrn preparation and equipment can attain. LitHe Rock and Arkan- sas have ev6r gven testinlony of the excellence of St. Vincent's Sis- ters iu their chosen vocation. Nursv At tendance In addition to the Si:ters. there are usually /if Leon or twenty grad- Uate nurses, while sixty students are conlinually on duty, this force being recruited with beginners as fas as graduates leave the ranks. Magnilude of Work Some idea of the magl,itude of the work done at St. Vincent's may be conjectured I)y the rmmber of mea]s being served daily as they usually run over 900, each one pre- pared especially to fil the. demand and eondition of the patient. The gradt|atc nurses have a sep- ara;e dining, room, wMlst the nurses in l rMning ]lave their own dining hall. l]arly in 1922 tim new Nurses' Home will be opened whet,e all the pleasant conditions of a real home will be their:. Service, Rooms On every tloor there are special rood preparation ,attd serving rooms, where food is sufficiently , cooked and prepared for the pa- tients in accordance with the order of the physician. Present Capacity The presen capacity of the In- lh'mary is about 250 beds, and it is constantly crowded to its utmost capacity, and with a long ,aiting list.. Whilst the wealthiest people of the Stale find refuge in St. Vin- cent's during their illness, the poor are by no means forgotten. The extent of charity work being done is only limited by the space and financial ability of the institution. exclusively for the poor, but today sent, became the largest and best ar-IOne of the most commendable features they are as much of a necessity for l ranged institution in the State. of the charity work is that a wealthy the rich and affluent as for the indi- Model Operating Room patient receives no more attention gent sicl. They have become admitted The operating room is one of the from the nurses and internes than a as such necessities for the fees and do- most complete and up-to-date ones in poor patient who is being cared for nations from wealthy rich that many, the country. Situated on the third with no expectation of pay. hearing of the large patients, have floor, there are several operating Charity Sweet and Silent lost sight of the fact that such an in- rooms with sterilizing and anaesthe- There is no charity ward. There is stitution as St. Vineent's depends to tizing rooms, as well as one room de- only one place in St. Vincent's where a certain extent upon the charitably i voted especially for specialists in eye, the charity patient is known, and that inclined men and women of the City lear, nose and throat diseases, is in the business office, Sister Mi- and State for the money with which t These rooms are furnished with chaella being the only one in the pea- to carry on this great work. first class appointments, whereby the l session of the fact. Up-to-date Service surgeons may perform all operations Few people can form an idea of the Medical cience has advanced to immense amount of charity and gen- in the most aseptic anal satisfactory eral good that is done in a community such a high point that no surgeon manner. would now think of doing an impor- X-Ray Rooms by such an institution where no one tant surgical operation elsewhere than A fine laboratory and a full X-ray] is asked wha his religion is unles in an infirmary or hospital, when one equipment are the efficient additional for the purpose of getting him the is accessible with its trained nurses, of late years, comforts of that religion, and where, fine appliances, perfect cleanliness, A visit to St. Vincent's is always proselytism is unknown, and the love: and aseptic surl'oundings, freedom from dust and upholstery, conditions not obtainable in any private resi- dence, or if so at nil, only after pos- sible dangerous delay in making the requid preparations, delays that might cost valuable lives. These conditions make the continu- ed support of such an institution as St. Vincent's Infirmary of equal im- portance from a selfish motive to both the rich and the poor. Larger Quurters Needed Upon the death of the Rt. Rev. Ed- ward Fitzgerald, the duties of the Diocese were turned over to the Rt. Rev. Bishop Morris, and St. Vincent's was one of the important institutions that demanded his attention, for it had al'eady become inadequate in meet- ing the 'demands made upon it. In 1906 the Bishop willingly acquiesced in the general demand for an exten- sion to the building. An annex was built in 1910 at an approximate cost of $75,000. C. L. Thompson, of Little Rock was the architect and M.O. Wendler the contractor. With the completion of the annex, S. Vincent's, with its modern equip- convincing proof of the wonderful management and wrk clone there. It is possible td* realize the importance of the institution, and to realize how great the need is and how efficiently St. Vincent's is meeting the demands of Little Rock and the State of Ar- kansas, without going through the building, seeing the well-equipped op- erating rooms, the orderly wards, rooms and porches, and noticing the lmndreds of inmates, as well as the hosts of nurses, physicians and keep- ers, all of which have a purpose in viewthe restoring to health those placed under their charge. Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Venerable Sister MichaeUa is in charge of this home for the sick. She has sixteen other Sisters of Charity associated with her, all trained to do the most careful nursing, to compound prescriptions, to handle the bsiness affairs of the institution. These Sis- ter nurses are affiliated with the fam- ous House of Nazareth, at NazAreth, Kentucky. Their services have been ,given to the people in all sections of the country for over one hundred ' years. A Nazareth Charity Sister of God is the dominating principle. Doing Important Work There are few institutions in the country where more lives have been saved and more suffering, alleviated. The work of the Infirmary has grown just as Little Rock has expanded and while now fitted out in the most mod- ern and metropolitan manner, it is en- tireiy too small to meet the require- meats of the city. The "crying need" at present is a home for the student nurses, which more than likely will be completed in a very short time, making their stay whilst in training at St. Via- cent's much more pleasant and effi- cient and at the same time giving the Sisters twenty-two rooms that could be used for the benefit of patients, No Question of Religion Clergymen of all denominations are welcome to minister to any membere of their flock who are at the Infirm- ary. The books of St. Vineent's Infirm- ary show that during the entire thirty years of service, more than 90 Imr cent of the patients admitted for hos- pital treatment were not members of (Continued on page 28)- :C i i ' :: 15 : : ....