CELEBRATING 100 - Second Convention – May 25, 1921 - Hospital Day Resolution Endorsed

February 06, 2020

WHA held its second convention May 25, 1921-- just eight months after the inaugural meeting in Milwaukee September 16, 1920. A member of the American College of Surgeons attended with an interesting ask.  They also endorsed a resolution asking for hospital day.
 
WOULD FORCE DOCTORS TO SIGN A DIAGNOSIS BEFORE AN OPERATION – Oshkosh Northwestern 26 May 1921
(by Associated Press)
Milwaukee, Wis –Doctors should be compelled to sign a diagnosis before performing an operation, Dr. F. L. Smith, representing the American college of surgeons, told the Wisconsin Hospital association in convention here today. The convention also was addressed by Dr. A. R. Warner, secretary, American Hospital association; Dr. G. E. Ide, Muirdale, sanitorium, and Dr. Hoyt E. Dearholt.  All the old officers of the association were reelected.
 
The Rev. H. L. Fritzschel, president of the association, in his report said there are 129 hospitals in Wisconsin with 7,570 beds, and only one, Muirdale, Milwaukee, with 350 beds. Twenty-six counties in Wisconsin have no hospital.
 
The association endorsed a resolution to ask Governor Blaine to designate May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, as hospital day.  The convention will adjourn tonight.”

This story originally appeared in the February 06, 2020 edition of WHA Newsletter