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|Hospitals in 1958
The number of hospitals in the United States listed by the American Hospital Association in 1958 totaled 6,818, a decrease from the 6,966 listed in 1957.
The decrease in the number of hospitals resulted chiefly from the closing and merger of smaller hospitals and from the decreased number of tuberculosis hospitals. The number of hospital beds also decreased during 1958, from 1,607,692 to 1,558,691. Despite those numbers, the total number of admissions increased to 22,992,764 patients in 1958, from 22,089,719 admissions during the previous year. The increased admissions rate was made possible by a reduced average length of stay in the acute general hospitals from 7.7 days in 1957 to an all-time low of 7.6 days in 1958. There were 3,739,259 hospital births in 1958, up from the 3,491,141 recorded in 1947. The admissions numbers meant that on an average day 1.3 million persons were hospitalized and 10,244 babies were born in the nation's hospitals.
In the transfer of a complete hospital, the
Misericordia, from its old building in Manhattan, New
York, to a new structure in The Bronx, New York, these
infant patients were transported by ambulance, with their
Hospital, Van Nuys, California, in operation in 1958, was
designed by the architectural firm of Pereira &
Luckman. The hub-and-wheel design of the rooms reduced
walking time of nurses.; louvered windows and television
sets could be controlled by each patient.
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