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1937, August 8 to 1938, August 8
Dyess Hospital
A small rural hospital with 24 beds and four bassinets

Board of Directors:

Floyd Sharp Precambrian

Col. Lawrence Westbrook

H.C. Baker, Secretary

Management Colony

W.C. Lamrick

J.M. Futrell, Attorney

 

E.S. Dudley, Resident Manager

Vital Statistics

The following is an accurate vital statistical record of Dyess Colony for one year, August 8, 1937 to August 8, 1938, as compared with the records of Mississippi County, Arkansas, during the fiscal year of 1937

   

Dyess Colony

Mississippi County

General Birth Rate

(per 1,000 population

30.00

24.00

General Death Rate

(per 1,000 population)

3.00

11.00

Maternal death Rate

(per 1,000 births)

0.00

4.10

Infant Death Rate

(per 1,000 births)

44.00

106.00

We had only one death out of approximately 100 cases of Dysentery (ant the parents of this child refused to let patient be (hospitalized) as compared with dozens of cases in Mississippi County during the past few months. We have had no deaths out of approximately 75 cases of pneumonia as compared to numerous deaths from this disease in other parts of the same county. We are exceedingly proud to state that there has not been a post-operative death result from over 100 operations requiring general ether anesthetic

Dyess Colony has the lowest death rate of any community in the USA per same class of people per thousand, (our personal opinion)

J. H. WILSON, M. D., CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER

STEVE F. TURNER, M. D., RESIDENT PHYSICIAN J. H. W. / S. T.

________________________________________________________________

** Percentage figures for Mississippi County were obtained from the County Health officer, E. H. Schirmer, M. D. Blytheville, and Arkansas.

Salaries

 

Month

Year

J.H. Wilson

Chief

350.00

4,220.00

F.H. Thomas

Dentist

125.00

1,500.00

Helen Herrin

Nurse

90.00

1,080.00

Carnelle Grweenhaw

Technician

80.00

960.00

Dotothey Templeton

Nurse

75.00

900.00

Jimmie Terry

Nurse

75.00

900.00

Emily Walker

Attendant

20.00

240.00

Iola Pyland

Attendant

20.00

240.00

Mrs. B.B. Phillips

Cook

32.50

390.00

Robert Ward

Orderly

45.00

540.00

   

1,112.50

13,350.00

     

13,350.00

Expenses

Expenses

50.00

Supplies

1,200.00

Laundry

165.00

Car Expense

650.00

Ambulance

165.00

Heat, Light and Water

1,000.00

*Insurance

315.00

*Depreciation Building

970.00

*Depreciation Equipment

770.00

Repairs, Upkeep and Miscellaneous

300.00

*Depreciation Ambulance

300.00

Cost of Food and Drugs consumed

6,000.00

 

10,542.00

10,442.00

Total Expense

23,892.00

Estimated Income Cash

1,000

Estimated Income Charge A/Cs

25,000.00

26,000.00

Estimated Net Profit

 

2,108.00

However, the cost of this service per person is about one-sixth that of the high income families in the United States and less than half that of the average. Then, it would seam that Dyess colonist have been receiving adequate medical care, in terms of volume of service, at a very reasonable figure

There seams to be general satisfaction with the quality of the service. The hospital is moderately equipped and well administered. We witnessed an operation for an osteomyelitis of the foot, which was carried out skillfully and with good operating room technique. A possible oritician of the medical organisaiam is that insifance attention is paid to public health aspects of the project.

Payment for medical services

Services are billed to the individual colonist receiving, in most cases being charged to his account. It is expected that collections will be started this fall when the first crop is marketed.

The following fee schedule is observed in fixing the amount due

Fee Schedule

 

Office Visit

1.00

House Visit

2.00

Night Visit

3.00

Minor Surgery

10.00

Major Surgery

15.00

Suturing small wounds

3.00

Anesthesia

5.00

Operating Room

5.00

Private Room

3.50

Ward room

2.50

Fracture of forearm

12.00

Profit/Loss for Hospital
28 Feb 1938 - 22 March 1939

 

Period Ended

March 22,1939

Percent

Year Ended 28 Feb 1938

Percent

Hospital Income

31,794.54

100.00

23,603.01

100.00

Operating Expenses

       

Food and drugs consumed

8,638.93

27.17

4,725.33

20.02

Salaries & Wages

14,597.02

45.91

11,951.56

50.64

Laundry

2,039.89

6.42

1,385.68

5.87

Depreciation

1,969.29

6.19

2,040.63

8.64

Other Expenses

3,207.41

10.09

2,647.90

11.22

Total Operating Expenses

30,452.54

95.78

22.751.10

96.39

Net Profit for the period

1,342.00

4.22

851.91

3.61

There was an increase of $8,191.53 in the income of the hospital, some of which was due to patients coming from outside the colony. It should bear in mind that most of the hospital charges are on account and no provision has been made through charges to Hospital Expense for uncollectible accounts. Experience has shown that losses on the hospital's accounts have been substantial.


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