A History of Creighton Memorial Saint Joseph Hospital. Omaha, Nebraska – 1956
The year 1956 was one of continued service and progress at St. Joseph's Hospital. A second five-year program of improvement and expansion got underway to highlight the year's activities. Contracts were let in April for the most important phase of the new program, a $500,000 air conditioning project. Upon completion, the north wing of the hospital, along with the new administration and central service areas, will be cooled. Half of the cost of the project will be covered by the Ford Foundation grant announced last year.Other remodeling took place during the year which resulted in. additional beds for patient care. Much new equipment and furnishings were purchased as part of a continuing effort to maintain the standards of care at St. Joseph's.An increase in room rates went into effect on July 1 to offset the ever rising costs of operating the hospital. It was the first such rate increase in over two years.The number of patients treated at St. Joseph's during 1956 showed a decline from the previous year. The 1956 total of 29,538 was 10,263, or 26%, less than the 1955 total. Most of the decrease was accounted for in the smaller number of out-patients treated: 9,962 in 1956, against 20,249 in 1955. The 1956 total, however, which included 4,338 psychiatric out-patients, was still far higher than 1954 and all earlier years.