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COLUMBIA HOSPITAL FOR WOMEN AND LYING-IN ASYLUM.
COLUMBIA HOSPITAL FOR WOMEN,
AND LYING-IN ASYLUM, Washington, D. C., October 31, 1876.
SIR: I have the honor to submit herewith my tenth annual report of the Columbia Hospital for Women and Lying-in Asylum, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1876.
While there has been a steady yearly increase in the number of inmates of the institution, of those admitted during the past fiscal year not a single death from any cause whatever has occurred, a fact, I think, not recorded by any institution of a similar character throughout the country.
At the last session of Congress an appropriation of $8,500 was made for a new roof to the main building and extension. This amount has been expended under the direction of Gen. J. K. Barnes and Mr. J. T. Mitchell, who were appointed by the board of directors a committee for that purpose.
The building is completed, and is now as perfect in its appointment and hygienic arrangements as any building could be made that was not built de novo for hospital purposes.
Before the alteration the rooms immediately under the old roof were available only for the purposes of storage; the roof has been raised six feet and the space converted into a series of wards, which will be used for the lying-in department of the hospital, for which purpose they are specially adapted, as their elevated position gives an abundant opportunity for perfect ventilation.
With proper care and vigilance exercised by the medical officers, it seems improbable that any epidemic could gain headway in this institution.
In the estimates which I have the honor to submit for the expenses for the ensuing year is one item of "$5,000 to complete the iron railing around the hospital grounds." It is important that the railing, which has been partially erected, should be completed, as the grounds are now exposed, having no protection whatever.
It may be reasonably anticipated that there will be more demands upon the institution during the ensuing year than in the past, but I have not deemed it necessary to increase the amount asked for the current expenses, as the improvements made are of a character which will enable the domestic arrangements to be carried on more economically than hitherto.
The grounds surrounding the hospital have been laid out and planted with shade and evergreen trees under the direction of Gen. O. E. Babcock.
Summary of cases treated.
Number of patients under treatment June 30, 1875....
Number of patients admitted during the year ending June 30, 1876....
In the dispensary attached to the hospital a large number of patients are treated and supplied with medicine, but none are included in this report, which has reference only to the hospital proper.
I have the honor to request that the following estimates for the sup port of the hospital for the ensuing fiscal year may be recommended: For the support of the institution, including salaries, furniture, medicines, and commissary stores....
To complete the erection of the iron-railing around grounds, and general repairs....
Hon. Z. CHANDLER,
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Secretary of the Interior.