All Saints to con­tinue gen­eral hos­pi­tal work in Springhill – July 3, 1947

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July 3, 1947 – Springhill Record

By Mayor A.J. Ma­son

The Board of Man­age­ment of All Saints Springhill Hos­pi­tal held a spe­cial meet­ing on Fri­day June 27 with the Right Rev. G.F. Kingston, Bishop of Nova Sco­tia, in at­ten­dance.

The pur­pose of the meet­ing was to con­sider the fu­ture of the hos­pi­tal as it per­tained to pre­vi­ous de­ci­sions of the board as sub­mit­ted to Town Coun­cil and to the Cit­i­zens Com­mit­tee. The pre­vi­ous de­ci­sions were: 1. The board’s proposal to dis­con­tinue gen­eral hos­pi­tal work as of July 1,1948

2. The of­fer to sell the hos­pi­tal to the Town of Springhill

Had the hos­pi­tal Cor­po­ra­tion cease to func­tion, the en­dow­ment fund in­ter­est, payable to the present hos­pi­tal cor­po­ra­tion, would cease with the go­ing out of the hos­pi­tal busi­ness by the said cor­po­ra­tion, as pro­vided in the Deed of Trust.

Be­ing greatly con­cerned about this pos­si­ble loss of yearly rev­enue to­ward the main­te­nance and gen­eral ad­min­is­tra­tion of a hos­pi­tal in Springhill, the cor­po­ra­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tives met last Fri­day to re-con­sider its po­si­tion, and that of the fu­ture of All Saints Springhill Hos­pi­tal, with the fol­low­ing re­sult:

1. That it was de­sir­able and in the best in­ter­est of Springhill and its cit­i­zens that the present in­sti­tu­tion and the cor­po­ra­tion con­tinue hos­pi­tal work in Springhill

2. That all res­o­lu­tions hav­ing ref­er­ence to the cor­po­ra­tion dis­con­tin­u­ing the work of a hos­pi­tal in the Town of Springhill, be re­scinded.

3. That a com­mit­tee be ap­pointed by the cor­po­ra­tion to study the In­cor­po­rat­ing Acts, the present by-laws and all other af­fairs of the cor­po­ra­tion.

4. That a com­mit­tee be ap­pointed to for­mu­late a plan for an ef­fec­tive and fi­nan­cially sound pol­icy for the con­tin­u­a­tion of the present hos­pi­tal. The present po­si­tion and in­ter­est of the Church of Eng­land in the hos­pi­tal to be safe guarded and main­tained.

5. The Com­mit­tee ap­pointed were: Dr. R.V. Har­ris, KC, Hal­i­fax Chan­cel­lor of the Dio­cese; E.B. Paul and A.J. Ma­son, Springhill; Arch-Dea­con C.R. Har­ris, Parrs­boro.

All five ar­ti­cles were unan­i­mously ap­proved by Bishop Kin­ston and the full board mem­ber­ship.

The his­tory of all public and com­mu­nity hos­pi­tals from a fi­nan­cial view­point has not been a very happy one. It is im­pos­si­ble to find a hos­pi­tal in Canada able to re­port a sur­plus on op­er­at­ing ac­count at the end of each year and All Saints Hos­pi­tal, even with its en­dow­ment fund con­tri­bu­tion, is no ex­cep­tion. Con­sider if you will, two of the lead­ing Protes­tant hos­pi­tals in Mon­treal: The Royal Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal and the Ver­dun Hos­pi­tal. Both of th­ese hos­pi­tals are well man­aged and have the sup­port of a very large clien­tele. The Royal Vic­to­ria’s deficit jumped from about $27,000 in 1945 to $132,000 in 1946. The deficit of the Ver­dun Hos­pi­tal was $52,000 in 1946 even though it had a rev­enue of $6000,000. The high deficits were at­trib­uted in a large mea­sure to the in­ad­e­quacy of the ba­sic rates charged, as against the steady in­crease in the cost of op­er­a­tion.

The fi­nan­cial prob­lems of the smaller hos­pi­tals are much in com­mon with that of the larger in­sti­tu­tions. The fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from other sources, sep­a­rate and apart, from the pay­ing pa­tients, is most es­sen­tial, if a hos­pi­tal is to ren­der ef­fi­cient ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.

The abil­ity of All Saints Springhill Hos­pi­tal, to pro­vide the de­sired and hoped for ser­vices in Chris­tian hos­pi­tal work, for the ben­e­fit of our cit­i­zens, rest wholly with the Cit­i­zens and the Town of Springhill. With­out the com­plete and ac­tive co­op­er­a­tion of the town and its cit­i­zens, no ef­fec­tive work can be done to im­prove the present ac­com­mo­da­tions and fa­cil­i­ties.

When the pro­gram for the ex­pan­sion and mod­ern­iza­tion of the hos­pi­tal is pre­sented to the town and its cit­i­zens for their sup­port, it is hoped that the friends of All Saints Hos­pi­tal, also for­mer pa­tients who prof­ited from its treat­ment, will re­mem­ber the im­por­tant place it has taken in their lives and how badly off they may have been if it had no been for the in­sti­tu­tions min­is­tra­tions.

The Hos­pi­tal Board’s will­ing­ness to re-ex­am­ine the whole ques­tion will be deeply ap­pre­ci­ated by the cit­i­zens of Springhill.

This week’s five facts

about Springhill

126. Bertha Scott went to Nor­mal Col­lege but she was only able to teach for half a year. She was struck down by an ill­ness that left her bed-rid­den for 17 years.

127. Bill Mer­ritt moved the lunch counter, once owned by Roy Durl­ing, to the west end across from the Her­rett Road School.

128. G.L. Glen­den­ning owned a liv­ery and kept his horses up­stairs. There was a ramp to get them up and down.

129. In De­cem­ber 1932 a cross was burned on the Graven prop­erty, a va­cant lot on up­per McFar­lane Street. It was made of planks 24 feet high and 12 feet across, about seven inches wide, bolted to­gether, sunk in the ground, stead­ied by guidewire and burned for a con­sid­er­able time.

130. The name of the restau­rant where the 1975 fire started was The Out­side Inn.

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