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May 17, 1952


Author Affiliations

Manager, Veterans Hospital Grand Island, Neb.

JAMA. 1952;149(3):299. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930200085027

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To the Editor:—  If we had four additional doctors in this hospital we could activate 69 more beds, and, since our turnover rate is between 120% and 160%, one can estimate how many additional patients this would accommodate who are in need of medical care. We can obtain the other necessary personnel, but we cannot seem to secure the services of doctors on a full-time basis so that this hospital might operate at capacity and at the same time give satisfactory service.This is a new hospital, opened Sept. 5, 1950. It is a beautiful brick building with white stone trim. I believe we have every known piece of useful apparatus that it is possible to buy. The climate is not too cold in winter and not too warm in summer, except for very brief intervals.We have a fully appointed psychiatric ward, which is not activated because of the

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