• Short Summary

    Ten years ago, when the Albert Einstein College of Medicine opened its doors to its first students, this building was already a part of the plans: As a hospital, not the largest in the city -- its capacity will be comparatively modest with its three hundred seventy-five beds- nor the most expensive - though twenty million dollars is a good round sum -- nevertheless, it will certainly be one of the most exciting, both from the point of view of the doctor and that of the patient of services or individuals, he or his staff can get them almost instantaneously like this.

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    Ten years ago, when the Albert Einstein College of Medicine opened its doors to its first students, this building was already a part of the plans: As a hospital, not the largest in the city -- its capacity will be comparatively modest with its three hundred seventy-five beds- nor the most expensive - though twenty million dollars is a good round sum -- nevertheless, it will certainly be one of the most exciting, both from the point of view of the doctor and that of the patient of services or individuals, he or his staff can get them almost instantaneously like this. This is a teaching hospital and so several of the fourteen operating rooms are equipped as theaters, but again with extra care for hygienic precautions and for communications. The surgeon can talk as he operates - the observers can question him -- all the time the plastic dome makes certain that complete hygienic conditions prevail. Patients of course, are, concerned largely with things that are visible and understandable to them. Here, with all of the equipment they have, they've made arrangements to do this using gadgets, not just for the convenience of the nurse but for the convenience and the comfort of the patient. For instance this - you no longer have to worry about cranking beds up and down - you press a button (PRESSES) right from your bedside- and you can do it - nobody has to get out and try and fit things in. The same thing applies to the foot -- you'll have to take that on faith. This one is really fascinating - it serves a multiplicity of purposes -- for instance, the most basic of all, to call the nurse, you press the top button - it lights up - somebody should answer.

    People in hospitals - well, time goes slowly for them. You can get the time anytime you like by pressing this button. -- It's not connected now - it will be as the hospital opens and as we are on the air. these do work now. though. For instance, if you'd like to listen to some music, you turn this F.M. thing on and you press. (PRESSES BUTTON) (MUSIC GOES ON) The channel change button. (CHANGES CHANNELS - DIFFERENT MUSIC) Normally, it wouldn't be playing so loud because this is after all a hospital. Supposing you - a - wanted the lamp on (PUSHES BUTTON) - you just push the lamp button - it goes on and off. And finally, if you want to have television, it's over your bed in a convenient place and you can have that too -- and it has a channel-changer - you just lie there (CHANGES CHANNELS) and change the chanell as you like. And one of the most humane aspects of all - if a mother is lying in bed, or a father, and a small child has come - oh, it normally would not be allowed upstairs in any hospital - there is a closed circuit system and you just go to channel six and you can see and talk to your child.

    There are other communications innovations here, too, of consequence. I'm afraid for lovers of TV that the dramatic days of 'calling Doctor Kildare,' over hospital loudspeaker systems, are just about at an end - at least they are here - and this gadget is the reason why. (BEEP-BEEP)
    Well, I don't think that's the kind of emergency that they'll be - a - replying to, but the - the principle is proper. This is a pageboy - a -wireless receiver - all of the nurses and doctors and supervisory personnel of the hospital will have them. And these are just a few of the things that make this newest of New York hospitals one of the most modern and efficient in the world today. This is Joseph Michaels, N.B.C. News, at the hospital of The Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA211IMDDVSHEL61UKKKAM9HD7V
    Media URN:
    VLVA211IMDDVSHEL61UKKKAM9HD7V
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:05:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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