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i ,/ PAGE TWELVE THE GUARDIAN, SATURDAY, JULY 31, 1920. st vi ' I,00f ncent s rmar9 Plumbing Service (00ont,.uo., .ore o ' In the Same Hour/ womo. a, .u00h +t'tot00on o, V,n though the city was awake to the cent's depemls to a certain extent sne doesnt need a plumber every day, but sometimes he needs needs of a hospital, the lack of co- upon the e'aaritably inclined men and some repairs on iris waterworks, heating system or gas piping and he operation seemed to be tile obstacle in women of the (ity and State for the wants that workdone right; away. Perhaps today you might need Iris way. Tim pious and exemplary money with which to carry on this some pmmoing oi some kind--simply phone us and in the .ame hour ilady we previously mentioned had 'reat work. )ou call, we'll be out on the job. This IS service, isn't it? We use motor trucks, carrying all tools, pipes and supplies necessary. Thus we can do the work quicker, and consequently save you money on that time. Call us for your plumbing! Enterprise Plumbing & Heating Co. 521 MAIN STREET s:ruggled along for several years with but little aid. AIVhough the buildings of her institution was a rude affair, she did much good, a fact dem- onstrates that there is no such thing as failure in a good and praiseworthy cause. Inception of SL Vincent's 1 Office Phone Main 2424 Shop Phone Woodlawn 844 When yellow fever visited the South in 1878-79, and Memphis and other I/ m I I I Southern cities were so sorely strick- en, Alexander Hager, a devout Catho- lic, vowed that if God spared Little Rock from the pestilence, he would leave in his will a provision for the building of a charity hospital, and as t&hw gC a result of his vow and the co-opera. tion of his widow, St. Vincent's In- Little Rock Ten nin o. firmary was established in the old Alexander George buihling, now 0c- 209 Main Street Little Rok cupied as the general offices for the Rock Ishmd railway. This building was enlarged and used until the pres- Wholesale Dealers in ent structure was finished. TENTS, AWNINGS, COTTON PICKING SACKS, WAGON COVERS, RAINCOATS, RUBBER BOOTS AND SHOES. Let us Figure on Your Lumber and Mill Work GIVE US A TRIAL J. s. KIMBRO LUMBER CO. LUMBER, MILL WORK, ROOFING BUILDING MATERIAL O. O. Wheelis, Manager. Phone Main 1296 East 15th and R. I. Railroad Little Rock, Ark. Snodgrass Bracy Drug Co. Arkansas' Mail Order Drug Store The place to rent or buy Invalid Chairs, Crutches, Trusses, Abdominal Belts, Fountain Syringes, Ice Bags, Invalid Cushions, Rubber Urinals. Imperial Health Braces for Stooped Children, etc. : : : MAIL US YOUR ORDERS Kodak Developing a Specialty. Little Rock Broom Works John Sobotka, Propr. Manufactui'ers of Famous "HONOR BRIGHT" Brooms Phone Main 1449 915 College Street g Little Rock, Ark. For a Real Thirst Quencher, Try an Ice-Cold Bottle of Delicious ARKOLA --Cool bubbles of fragrant fruit flavors, and a tang that is delightfully individual! Order it by the case. When you want to give the family a rare treat, serve ARKOLA in place of iced tea. ARKOLA COMPANY Little Rock On the 17th (lay of May, 1888, at the invitation of Bishop Fitzgerald, Sisters of Charity came from the mother house at Nazareth, Kentucky, to take charge of St. Vincent's Infirm- ary, and on the 24th of the following July ,after repairs and altera2ions, it was made ready for the reception of patients. It was designed for the sick poor, suffering from acute non- contagious diseases, without regard to creed ,color or sex. The nursing was done altogether by Prejudice Overcome. Sisters. At first there was great prejudice on the part of many of the people of Little Rock against the hos- pital because it was regarded as char- ity. It was some considerable time before the public was educated to the fact that a good hospital is the place for the care of sick people. There was also strong prejudice against the hospital as a sectarian institution, established and operated by Catho- lic's, until gradually the physicians eli the city and srrounding country sent their patients, members of all clmrches or no churches, to the In- firmary, and several Protestant min- isters were cared for without charge, on!il this prejudice was wholly dis- sipated. Old St. Vincent's. The building was not suitable for hospital purposes and could not be made satisfactorily so. It was there- fore finally sold and the proceeds were applied to the erection of the present home of the institution. During the time the old St. Vincent's Infirmary was in operation, 1,800 patients had been received, of whiek number 925 were absolute charity cases, and to indicate how entirely free was the management from sectarian bias, only 47 were of lhe Catholic faith. Non-Sectarian. From its very inception, the reli- gious belief of no patient has been asked, and their ilnancial condition, if considered at all, was simply to give the best of attention to the one who most needed it, and who was unable to secure it at some other more expensive nstitution. New Era In Hospitals. The laying" of the comerstone in 1899 of the newSt. Vincent's Infirm- ary marked E,.e real beginning of one of the most important institutions of Little Rock, and in fact, of the entire State, for the people of Arkansas and of this city in particular, have come Io regard this great institution as one of the most necessary and most im- portant of the State. In speaking of St. Vincent's as the institution is to- day, one of the leading business men of Little Rock declared, "There is no ,;tronger advertisement for Little Rock than St. Vincent's Infirmary," while lhousands of poor people living no' only within the bounds of the city, lint scattered far and wide over the State, and some in distant States, are emphatic in giving this institu- tion the credit of having saved their lives, hrough providing the only place here they could secure the at- tention necessary in their time of dis- treys. Memorial Rooms. While St. Vincent's is known tar and wide as the place where the sick may go without money or influence and be received and cared for until ,'-ell, it is equally as well known as ]the haven of the wealt:hiest people of the city, many of wbom keep up rooms and support beds the year round, all of which are at the disposal of the management for the use of those m,eding Wtention, when not being used by their own families. Open to All. Hospitals were formerly designed exclusively for the poor, but today they are as much of a necessity for the ri(h and affluent as for the in- digent sick. They have become ad- mitted as such necessities for the fees and donations from " wealthy rich that many, hearing of the large patients, have lost sight of the fact Up-to-date Service. Medical science has advanced to such a high point that no surgeon would now think of doing an important sur- gical operation elsewhere than in an infilnary or hospital, when one is ac- cessible with its trained nurses, fine appliances, perfect cleanliness, and aseptic surroundings, freedom from (lust and upholstery, cnditions not obtainable in any private residence, or if so at all, only after possible dan- gerous delay in making the required preparations, dela)s hat 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 Quarters Needed. Upon the death of the Rt. Rev. Ed- 'ward Fitzgerahl, 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 %ad already become inadequate in meeting the demands made upon it. n 1906 the Bishop willingly acquiesced n the general demand for an exten- sion to the building, as the nmnage- ment of the Missouri-Pacific and Rock Island railways desired large apartments for timir men. 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 St. Vincent's, with its modern equip- ment, became the largest and best arranged institution in the State. Model Operating Room. The operating room is one of the most complete and up-to-date ones in the country. Situated on the third floor, there are several operating rooms with sterlizing and anaesthetiz- ing rooms, as well as one room de- voted especially for specialists in eye, ;ar, noe and throat diseases. These rooms are furnished with ]rst,class appointments, whereby the urgeons may perform all operations n the most aseptic and satisfactory manner. X-Ray Rooms. A line laboratory and a full X-ray equipment are the efficient additions of late years. A visit to St. Vincent's is always convincing proof of the wondelfful nanagement and work done therd. It s possible to realize the importance )f the institution, and to realize how ,reat the need is and how efficiently Yt. Vincent's is meeting the demands of Little Rock and the State of Ark- ansas, without going through the building, seeing the well-equipped op- erat!ng rooms, the orderly wards, rooms and porches, and noticing the hundreds of inmates, as well as the hosts of nurses, physicians and keep- ers, all of which have a purpose in view--the restoring to health those placed under their charge. Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Rev. Sister Bathildes 'is in char'e of this home for the sick. She has fifteen other Sisters of Charity asso- ciated wih her, all trained to do the most careful nursing, to compound prescriptions, to handle the busines' affairs of the institution. These Sis- ter nurses are affiliated with the famous House of Nazareth, at Naza- reth, Kentucky. Their services have been given to the people in oil sec- t'ons of the country for over one hun- dred years. A Nazareth Charity Sis- ter stands for the best qualifications modern preparation and equipment can attain. Little Rock and Arkansas )have ever given testimony of the excelIence of St. Vincent's Sistez in t',',e':r chosen vocation. ' Nurse Attendance. ' In addition to the Sisters, there are lsua!Iy fifteen or twenty graduate r.urses, whiIe sLxty students are con- tinuaily on duty, this force being re- claited with beginners as fast as graduates leave the yanks. Magnitude of Work. Some idea of the magalitude of the work done at St. Vincent.'s may be conjectured by the numbei' of meals being served daily as they usually run over 900 ,each one prepared es- necially to fit the demand and eondi- )ibn of the patient. The graduate nurses have a separ- ate dining room ,whilst the nurses in :raining have leir own dining hall. C2 every floor there are special "ood preparation and serving rooms, where food is sufficiently cooked and prepared for the patients in accord- :race with the order of the physician. Present Capacity. The present capacity of the Infirm- ary is about 250 beds , and it is con- CtanHy crowded to its utmost capac- ity, and with a long waiting list.' Whilst the wealthiest people of the (Continued on Page 130 1/ Telephone Studios Exclusive Agents ) [it. DAW Baars -IDRUGGIS" for Music MRS. F. D. BAAlSts.'-It' Litt KUPPENHEIMER 419 East Eighth Good Clothes 1920-1921 SEASO.' SEPTEMBER THE HUB Flortsts Cut Flowers for All Occasions Funeral work a specialty. Plants, Bulbs, Seeds. West 13th and R. R. Phone 2653 We furnish and install floor and wall tile for Hospitals, Banks, Restau- rants, Drug Stores, Baths and Porches. Durable and Sanitary W. H. DWIGGINS & CO. 713 Main St. Phone M. 139 C. E. SMITH GRAIN COMPANY Wholesale Dealers in ALL KINDS OF GRAIN 216-220 Sherman St. Little Rock, Ark. Use the Best ORRIS FLOUR E. LAMPARELLI & CO. Ladies Tailors and Furriers Announces the opening of the Fall and Winter Season with all the newest materials and fashions on hand. Also a complete line of Fur Garments already made. BUILDING MATERIAL ROOFING BUILDERS' SPECIALTIES Prompt Service Complete Stock Highest Quality G. A. LEIPER & CO. 112 E. Bridge St. Phone M. 1031 LITTLE ROCK, ARK. Piano, Harmony, CAL CLE ""-- -r,D DYER or vmmres and rL Framing, call : Arkansas Upholsted00 Fourth and Cenw N Also all kinds fuISTILL] repairing and uph! !:! Browne's Drug 0000OC00--AA NINTH AND MA ':!' "'COMP We maintain the most salt a .u cturer: up-to-date Soda Founta l:p r l'POvtd Arl city. '::a'd Brace , lW0rkill/ Guar NUNNALLY S CAll[a7 ...... ,lle Rock, SENWORB IfE_MEplzI. h . .,1': "+ Main S SERVICE i[ M22 QUALITY i COURTESY _ If it is done the BROWI It is well doe. j,v, 4803 =R MA( : and Roofing waiZlN C We Recommend and -a, Keller. , .., ..... ---.W.-iori BARRETT !e ock, SPEC TION RO0 ; . our o r,o are 2 twenty years, and are ba,'l?---- surety bond. ?li Williams Roo00RESS Pawng Comp00i.. d LITTLE ROCK, 7 Tel. M. 1880 715 8o. 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