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"History of Eau Claire County Wisconsin, 1914, Past and Present"


Chapter  17 - The Medical Fraternity 

Montgomery Hospital

(-as transcribed from pages 312 - 313)

The old hospital or sanatorium was founded in 1898.  Then the Inebriate law, which compelled the taking into the institution all inebriates and persons afflicted with the drug habit, was in force.  They treated nearly four thousand of such cases.  But owning to some doubt which sprang up among some of the attorneys of the state the law was brought to a test and declared unconstitutional.  In 1908 Dr. Montgomery constructed the new hospital, which is situated on the site of the old sanatorium, at the corner of Oxford avenue and Central street, one block north from the court house.  This hospital is divided into wards:  maternity, special and general, with a contagious ward entirely cut off from the other apartments.  The present inventory of the institution is fifty-four thousand dollars ($54,000), and during the past year the Drs. Montgomery have installed a new and powerful apparatus with accessories for every kind of thermo therapy.  The Montgomery Hospital presents no distinction as to race, difference of religious beliefs or circumstances in life.  It is under the direct control of the Drs. Montgomery, but its facilities are at the command of any reputable physician or surgeon, to whom are given assurance of faithful and efficient service.

They offer better inducement in the hospital in existence.  They have three classes of tickets in the field.  The leader is a ten dollar ticket, which insures the holder against all sickness or accidental injury regardless of what the cause may be.  The $7.50 ticket has not the same exceptions that other hospitals have, and is much more liberal than the so-called accident and benefit policies.  The family ticket is the largest opportunity in the field.  Just think of insuring the health of any member of your family for one year for fifteen or twenty-five dollars!  The tickets cover all expenses in case of operations of any kind.  There is no age limit.  All that is required is that the purchaser be in good physical and mental condition when he buys the ticket.  The training school presents a three years' course of practical and theoretical training in modern medical and surgical science.  The nurses entering the institution to prepare for their life's work get a practical knowledge of cases of all kinds.  They get also the benefit of the lectures given by outside physicians and citizens, and the efficiency of the work of the graduates is proven by the fact that they are continually in demand.




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