National Geographic : 1959 May
What happens ina hospital at 2A.Mm? JF THERE IS a good hospital where you live, it is always ready to serve you ...regardless of the hour or the need. While you sleep, its staff may be performing emergency surgery ...caring for a victim of sudden illness . . . or bringing a new life into the world. In fact, the responsible hospitals of our nation treat millions of patients and care for thousands of emergency cases every day. And many hospitals also find time for teaching, training and research. Suppose our hospitals suddenly closed their doors entirely . . . or even locked up for the night. When you consider the consequences, you'll realize how essential a good, modern hospital is to the peo ple of your community. Fortunately, we have many excellent hospitals which are worthy of the trust and the support of the communities they serve. Other hospitals, too, are trying to improve their facilities and services. In some of these cases, the primary need may be for better equipment, while in others, personnel short ages may be the most pressing problem. Whatever the need, a strong board of directors of representative citizens will be the community's best guarantee that everything is being done to insure progressive standards of hospital care. How does a hospital become better? By meet ing and maintaining standards specified by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals. If your hospital meets the Commission's requirements, it is a sign that the facilities and the quality of medical and nursing care have been inspected in great detail ... and found worthy of approval. And to maintain its accreditation, the hospital must undergo inspec tion every three years. Many people find satisfaction in giving some of their spare time to volunteer work in hospitals. Per haps there are many things that you could do in your community hospital to comfort patients ... and to ease the load on its busy professional staff, especially its doctors and nurses. Most hospitals need more volunteer workers.