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On September 11, 1929, John I. Vandegrift, Contractor, secured a building permit to erect the nurses' home unit at the Memorial Hospital.

On December 24, 1929, the Memorial Hospital came out as”the first hospital in the world to adopt the flat rate system for major operations,” which meant a lot to people who thought hospital rates were always high. You could take a ”rest cure" for $35.00 a week and enjoy all the luxuries of a modern hotel. The hospital accepted ”nervous breakdown" cases for $35.00 a week. This was the first hospital in the world, according to reports, to accept cases for major operations and guarantee that the hospital bill would be only $60.00. This rate was for the conservatories. They would also treat you if you had a chronic medical condition, such as heart trouble, in the conservatories at $15.00 per week. If you wanted a semi-private room, it was one dollar per day, or for a private room, two dollars per day extra. In maternity cases, laboratory work, delivery room service, board and care of the mother and baby, and hospital baby's gowns ran $30.00. If you wanted a semi-private room, the rate was $45.00, or $60.00 for a full private room. Tonsilectomies, two days in the hospital and all routine expenses in the conservatory cost $13.00. A semi-private room cost $14.00, and a private room, $15.00. Dental work, with two days in the hospital, all routine expenses, in any location, cost $10.00.

7. The present Memorial Hospital.

From one hundred beds when Memorial Hospital was dedicated on August 18, 1929, the present day Memorial Hospital has grown to a total of 280


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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27 x 20 cms

Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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