P.A.N. Program, 1961

5 03 2012

The following is a transcription from the July/August 1961 edition of The Lamplighter, a monthly magazine published by the patients of the Oregon State Hospital.  The article addresses the the Patients as Nurses or P.A.N. program.

PAN

This three-letter title is highly meaningful at O.S.H.  It is an appropriate title of an important phase of our Industrial Therapy.

P.A.N. is less than two years young.  It had its inception in January 1960.

Enroll for the class yourself and find out just what it means.

You can really become a needed, if not indispensable, person during your stay as a patient at O.S.H.

The red and white P.A.N. on the gray uniforms signifies that a man or woman has successfully completed a four weeks’ course in care of sick patients.

Patients able and willing to assist aides and nurses may now have the privilege of getting all the “know-how.”

You can equip yourself with new skills and techniques.  You can learn how to best give of your time and services.  At the completion of your course, you find yourself able to skillfully give a three-minute back rub; you can lift without hurting your back; and you can give tender, loving care (T.L.C.) to folks whose afflictions make your own small problems so tiny that you can see them only with the aid of a microscope. Read the rest of this entry »

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OSH Campus according to Engineer Garson, 1958

3 10 2011

Auditorium, Oregon State Hospital, Oregon State Archives Photo, OSH 00018

The following is an interview with Engineer J.A. Garson published in the October 1958 edition of the Lamplighter, an OSH newsletterThe article coincided with the 75th anniversary of the Oregon State Hospital, and many early staff members and patients are interviewed or profiled. 

When Mr. Garson came to the hospital in 1919, it looked much different than it does now.  For example, from 24th to 21st streets there were hospital orchards of walnut trees.  Where the treatment and surgical buildings sit were poultry and pheasant farms for OSH.  The doctor’s cottages were not in existence, and in their place were berry fields.  The machine shop was located where what is now the freezing department.  The morgue building, 1896, is what is today the paint shop.  The Tailoring Shop, Carpenter Shop were all where the Quonset hut is now located.  Mrs. Steiner, with her superintendent husband, planned the landscaping of the grounds and due to patient labor they were completed.  Read the rest of this entry »