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50 Years and Counting

Providence Holy Family Hospital in Spokane, WA celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2014. 
Julie, nurse manager for Holy Family’s ACU, models a nurses' cap from the 1960s and a Nightingale lamp.
Julie, nurse manager for Holy Family’s ACU, models a nurses' cap from the 1960s and a Nightingale lamp.

Artifacts from Holy Family’s Past

History is on display in Providence Holy Family Hospital’s south lobby. As part of several planned 50th anniversary celebrations in 2014, the hospital’s display case features items in use in the hospital’s early days, including a 1960s-era nurse’s cap, glass syringes and a stainless steel bedpan.

A Dictaphone machine—as popular in the 1960s as smartphones are today—weighs about 30 pounds, and a Bennett Therapy Pressure Unit, which helped patients breathe, looks like something out of a 1950s science fiction movie. A similar unit, marketed on eBay as an “antique medical device” recently sold for $50.

If you work at Holy Family, or if you travel here for meetings, spend some time visiting with the past. Special thanks to Holy Family employees who loaned their artifacts to the hospital’s 50th anniversary committee.

As part of several planned 50th anniversary celebrations in 2014, the hospital’s display case features items in use in the hospital’s early days, including a 1960s-era nurse’s cap, glass syringes and a stainless steel bedpan.And thanks to Pinkie Hutton, archive secretary for the Sacred Heart School of Nursing Alumni, who loaned us the nurse’s cap, syringes and two Florence Nightingale lamps that were given out at capping ceremonies in the “old days.”

Items will be added to the display case throughout the year; if you have any Holy Family artifacts you’re willing to loan for the locked case, please contact Melinda, (509) 482-0111 ext. 23064.