Throwback Thursday: ‘Aches, pains and vomit’ – Casper Star-Tribune, May 8, 1977

By Kristy Bleizeffer May 1, 2014

Compared to the technology now used in our Cath Lab – which can show real-time images the precise blockage causing a heart attack – these cardiac monitors look hilariously outdated.

Compared to the technology now used in our Cath Lab – which can show real-time images the precise blockage causing a heart attack – these cardiac monitors look hilariously outdated.

In one 24-hour period in May 1977, the Natrona County Memorial Hospital (as we were then called) saw 74 people come through our Emergency Room with ailments ranging from a case of three-day measles (rubella) to a “foreign body in left arm.”

The Casper Star-Tribune listed all of them, by the minute, in a “Wyoming Living” spread celebrating National Hospital Week, May 8-14. The theme: “We Put the Care in Health Care.”

The day started at 1 a.m. with lacerations requiring stitches and ended at 10:30 p.m. with a feverish child. In between, doctors and nurses treated a cat bite, a dog bite, three crash victims (two car and one motorcycle), and four people cut in fights, though presumably not all in the same one. They sent a patient with abdominal pain to surgery, treated two cases of pneumonia and soothed several puking patients. In all, they saw 14 patients with some sort of laceration.

During Hospital Week in 1977, we honored several employees with 15 years or more of service: Nurse Beverly Clark (20 years), purchasing director Ardith “Billy” Gardner (20 years), lab employee Myrna Pannell (15 years), engineer Charles C. Shaffer (15 years), and communications specialist Betty Quenneville (15 years.)

Thirty-seven years later, Wyoming Medical Center still celebrates National Hospital Week, this year from May 11-17. The theme is “Compassion, Innovation, Dedication.  The Commitment Continues.”

Nurses Mary Hill and Myrtle Saxton prepare intravenous medication in this May 8, 1977 Star-Tribune photo.

Nurses Mary Hill and Myrtle Saxton prepare intravenous medication in this May 8, 1977, Star-Tribune photo.

Wyoming Medical Center opened on Nov. 1, 1911, as the Casper Branch of Wyoming General Hospital. We have a long and rich history in Natrona County. #ThrowbackThursday is a weekly series celebrating this history with old photos, newspaper clippings and other not-yet-forgotten memorabilia. Special thanks to the Casper College Western History Center which archives the vast Wyoming Medical Center collection and from which most of these posts derive.

If you recognize anyone from our #ThrowbackThursday posts or have more to add to the stories, please post a comment.

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