Camp Cody Base Hospital is not only one of the biggest institutions of its kind but one of the most Important features of the Camp itself. Located on 80 acres of ground and with 52 buildings occupying over 200,000 square feet of floor space it can be readily what a large investment was made by Uncle Sam.
The 52 buildings are divided into 20 wards, four auxiliary buildings and remaining 24 buildings are operating rooms, Administration buildings, Mess Mall, Corps Men Barracks, Laboratory and x-ray buildings, Canteen Laundry and Warehouses. The Auxiliary buildings are three Red Cross Houses and one V. M. C. A.
As you come into the Hospital Grounds on the main street are found the Fire Barn, Nurses Quarters, Nurses Red Cross House, Pass Office, Receiving Ward, Administration Building Officers Wards, Officers Quarters and Read Surgery Building. Part of these, built on a quadrangle, are the Wards, with operating pavilion, Canteen and Patients’ Mess Hall in the center. At the back of these are the warehouses, barracks and Corps Men’s Mess Hall. To the left of the Corps Men’s Mess Hall is the new Y. M. C. A. and to the right of it beyond the barracks is the Red Cross House.
The wards are 24 by150 and equipped for 36 patients. Each ward is presided over by a Ward Surgeon, an officer of the Medical Department, who is assisted by the necessary number of nurses and Corps men. In charge of the Corps Men is the Wardmaster who is directly responsible to the Ward Surgeon for the general conduct of the ward and the nurses have charge of the treatment under direction of the officer. The Wards are divided according to classification of diseases such as Pneumonia Wards, Surgical Wards, Isolation Wards. etc. The Isolation Wards are set off to one side by themselves and here is where all contagious cases are sent.
The Administration Building is where the business affairs of the hospital are conducted and Col. O. A. Davis, Commanding Officer, Major Brown, Assistant Commanding Officer, 2nd Lt., Lester B. Shrouf, Adjutant, Lt. John H. Hastings, Detachment Commander; Lt. George W. Earle, Athletic Officer and Lt. McCarthy Medical Property Officer have their offices in this building.
The Receiving Ward is occupied by the Dispensary, Office Quartermaster Corps, Post Offices as well as the Departments for admitting and discharge of patients to and from the Hospital Captain Mullen Receiving Officer and the Officer of the Day also have their offices in this building. The duties of the Receiving Officer are to examine incoming patients and decide which ward they are to be sent. The ambulances are also dispatched from this building.
In the wing of the Officers ward is located the Registrar’s office, in charge of Lt. Brownlee and the S. C. D. (Surgeons Certificate of Disability) office in charge of Major Leidloff.
The staff of the Hospital is divided into two departments, Medical and Surgical. The chief of the Surgical Staff is Major M. S. Finney and the chief of the Medical Stag is Major Woodyett. They work in cooperation with the Commanding Officer. The Detachment Commander has charge of the personnel and the detailing of their duties. The Laboratory is in charge of Captain Lamb and Lt. Copeland is director of the x-ray Department
The Quartermaster Corps is in charge of Lt. Swartz and the Mess by Lt. Meyer. The Red Cross ward of the Bane Hospital is directed by Captain Hallowell. of the A. R. C.
Miss Davidson is head nurse and has her office in what in known as the new Nurses Quarters.
All in all, the Camp Cody Base Hospital is too big a propositions to describe in one article and the different Departments will be taken up in detail in succeeding weeks Hospital Record. – From “Deming Headlight” Date unknown.