COLES COUNTY NEWS:

THE GATHERERS AND THE REPORTING

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OLD CHARLESTON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL BECKONS

 LOUISE AS A CENTRAL STERILE TECHNICIAN AND

 WARD SECRETARY


 

 Louise, Barbara, Marge, and Pam Tipsword  


 

PAT JENKINS OFFERS LOUISE NIGHT SHIFT JOB

Owing the big Nowhere bill, Louise went to work at the old Charleston Hospital. She would work as a technician in Central Sterile and later as a ward secretary. She became a night owl. She still is.

BODY ON THE LOOSE!

Mrs. Maggie Beevers was a dear friend of Louise and all who knew her. She would never laugh at anyone's grief, but when around the prankster Louise, even Maggie couldn't hold it in. The story is that a local undertaker and co-worker were removing a body from a room. While pulling the cart out of the room, they didn't notice that the body was caught-up on the door. The body (naked) slid off on the floor. They kept going with the cart. What's even worse is that the family was standing at the end of the hall! They could see it all. Not knowing who the body was today, we can kind of smile at this awful event. It caused Maggie and Louise to have to hide in their C.S. room for quite some time. The hospital was a pressure place, with a lot of sadness at times. Humor was necessary to survive. This sad but awfully funny event was a pressure-breaker.

COFFEE POT RETURNED

Central Sterile was kind of a hang-out for doctors, nurses and X-Ray technicians. The coffee pot for hospital workers was in it. The sterile section was a different room. Orders were given by the head nurse to John Cook (head cook) to remove the coffee pot. The socializing was to stop. Louise happened to know Ed Boone, hospital board member, quite well. She mentioned to him that morale in the hospital was low since removal of the coffee pot. He called John Cook and told him to replace it. C.S. workers could hear the cart rolling down the hall. The head nurse was very upset about this. Louise had gone over her head. Everyone else was happy, though. Louise was a bit pushy at times, and pretty much did what she thought was right. Louise helped to run the Burkle Bone Clinic. She would register and place patients into their rooms. Dr. Burkle had yelled at the staff about a trivial matter in front of CFD EMT men (very embarrassing) Louise would get revenge. She noticed his most un-favorite and smelly patient was in line to see him. She placed this patient in a small unvented room. Dr. Burkle conducted the exam and came out of the room fired-up mad. She told Louise never to do that again! The old Lynch philosophy of LAUGH, LAUGH, and LAUGH carried into the serious environment of the hospital. I don't know how she got by with these tricks!

LOUISE CARES ABOUT PATIENTS

Louise helped a lot of people in their hospital stays. She saw a lot of sadness in the ER. One especially difficult case was when Melvin, her husband was brought in with multiple hornet stings from a railroad boxcar fire. He was allergic to stings and bites. He was a Captain on the CFD. The doctor en duty was Dr. Paloeios. He helped Melvin quickly. Perhaps the saddest case was when a little girl was brought in from Haddock's apartment house (4th and Madison). She had cigarette bums all over her. Her dad had previously held her out the window of the second story of the old house by her feet. Nothing was done by the law until the burns. Red Taylor was still living at home (would go into the Marines shortly later) and wanted to bring the little girl home to live with us. He had a soft heart for the little one.

 


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