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Methodist Memories: 1948 Daily Hospital Charge

Nebraska Methodist Hospital at 36th & Cuming Streets in 1949.


Who knows but you may be rushed to the hospital at any unexpected hour?

A 24-hour schedule must be maintained the year around. It takes nine operators to run the telephone switchboard during one week. The same is true for elevator operators. There must be three shifts of nurses, two or three labor shifts. Men must be in the boiler room 24 hours a day. Technicians must be on call for X-ray, laboratory and surgery day and night. We must be ready with live steam, heat, supplies, equipment and trained personnel day and night.

The Daily Service Charge for adults at Methodist runs from $6.75 to $15 per bed, per day, depending on the location, accomodations, availability, number of beds in the room, etc.

Included in Methodist Hospital's Daily Service Charge:

  • Room
  • Meals
  • Nursing Service
  • Interns' Care
  • Residents' Care
  • Stock Medications
  • X-Ray Examinations
  • Laboratory Tests
  • Chemistry Tests
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Surgery
  • Anesthesia
  • Dressings
  • Inhalations
  • Electrocardiograms
  • Basil Metabolism Tests
  • Blood Transfusions
  • Special Diets
  • Baths
  • Positive Health Instruction

Preserved for reference through years to come a complete, permanent, recorded and filed history of the case with:

  • Family History
  • Personal History
  • Findings
  • Diagnosis
  • Prescription
  • Procedures
  • Temperature
  • Pulse
  • Respiration
  • Intake
  • Output
  • Laboratory Reports
  • X-Ray Reports
  • Progress
  • Results
  • Prognosis
  • Directions
  • Chaplain Service
  • Outpatient Service
  • Laundry
  • Maintenance Service
  • Phone Service
  • Accounting
  • Administration
  • Training of Nurses for the Future

Source: Nebraska Methodist Hospital News, Volume 48, Number 2, December 1948, "Hospital Service Costs."