The fund raising campaign of 1967 got off to a good start, the goal being $1,500,000. The Women’s Board of the Combined Auxiliaries pledged $100,000 and no one doubted they would success in their efforts. They were a wonderful, enthusiastic group. The special gifts committee was confident that they would also reach their goal. As proven later, the campaign went “over the top.” The cost of the new addition was estimated at $2,200,000.
Medicare became a reality in July, 1967. It was hopefully a practical solution of some of the financial problems of the hospital. It would, of course, entail much paperwork, more office equipment and trained personnel. Relative to paperwork, it was hoped that it would not follow the usual government instruction, “destroy the original but make seven copies.”
Fluoroscopic examination of patients on closed-circuit television was the latest innovation in the hospital’s Department of Radiology. The monitor was one portion of the elaborate image intensification system of the $28,000 installation. Briefly, the radiologist could look directly into the intensifier and observe through a mirror on the X-Ray machine. This new system cut down on wait times for the radiologist and the patient’s physician.