The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, January 25, 1957, Page Two, Image 2

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Higher Hospital Costs Explained
“A hospital needs to be frank with the public if it expects to be
understood," Lester Wehner, administrator of Lutheran Hospital in
Omaha, said in an interview.
“One out of eight persons will spend some time in a hospital
during the next year,” he continued, “and about the only reaction he
carries away is that the service was either good or bad, and that the
bill was too high.”
Doctors and hospital officials are concerned about mounting
costs and the public is entitled to know the reasons why hospital
costs have risen.
Figures from the American Hospital Association show that in
1946 the average cost to the hospital of caring for one patient for
one day was $9 39. In 1954, the figure was $21.76. Why the big
Jump? *
“Part of the answer is inflation,” Mr. Wehner said. “Your living
expenses have risen sharply since 1946—so have hospital expenses.
The rest of the answer lies in the nature of hospitals and the more
complex role they play in the national health picture,” he said.
A hospital is an intensely personal institution. It takes a great
many skilled persons working around the clock to give you the
care your doctor prescribes. The machine hasn’t been Invented yet
to prepare special diets, compound drugs and, in general, give you
the tender, loving care you need.
Hospitals are fully staffed at all times, regardless of the num
ber of patients, and the advances made by modern medicine require
more persons on the payroll. This is a highly important factor,
sine the payroll accounts for some 65 per cent of hospital costs.
For example, Mr. Wehner cited payroll figures of the Lutheran
Hospital. Lutheran’s 1951 payroll totaled $293,461. Four years
later, in 1955, the total was $504,988.
Lastly, said Mr. Wehner, every medical advance means added
hospital expenses. Equipment rapidly becomes obsolete, new drugs
are more costly and more intensive care is needed. In 1951, phar
maceuticals edit Lutheran Hospital $34,691, as compared with $44,510
In 1955. X-ray supplies cost about $19,000 in 1951. In 1955, the
total was nearly $28,500—an eight per cent increase in each case.
“Yet, if such a thing could be found, you would have no part of
bargain basement hospital care,” Mr. Wehner said.
“Modern hospital care results in speedier recoveries and fewer
deaths, and no one would be content to settle for anything else.”
Anti-Bias Committee Asks That
Complaints Provide Full Detail
Washington, D. C. — The complaint process, one of the methods
by which the President’s Committee on Government Contracts works
toward the elimination of racial and religious discrimination in em
ployment on Government contracts, cannot be fully effective unless
the complaints are carefully prepared and documented, the Commit
tee pointed out today.
The Committee was established by President Eisenhower in
August, 1953. He named Vice President Richard Nixon as Chair
man and Secretary of Labor James P. Mitchell as Vice Chairman.
Other members represent Government agencies and the public.
The Committee reported that many of the complaints it has re
ceived in the past year have not been carefully enough prepared for
it to act upon them. In these circumstances, the Committee said,
it must ask the complaint to provide further information before any
action can be taken.
Complaints that consist merely of a letter which states that a
i specific company is practicing discrimination do not provide sufff
cient on which the Committee can request an investigation or
toh* effective action, a spokesman pointed out.
The President’s Committee does not investigate complaints, but
asks the Government agency which has a contract with the company
involved to make the inquiries.
A letter of complaint may be sent to the President’s Committee
by any individual or organization which has knowledge of the failure
of s Government contractor to comply with the nondiscrimination
clause in a contract, but care should be taken to make the complaint
detailed and specific, the Committee said.
The letter should include the name and address of the persons
or persons against whom discrimination is said to have been practic
ed, and the name and address of the Government contractor or sub
contractor which is charged with discrimination. It should state in
detail the manner in which the discrimination was practiced; wheth
er it was in recruitment or recruitment advertising, in upgrading
or promotion, in rates of pay or other forms of compensation, includ
ing vacations, medical care or other benefits, in selection for train
ing, including apprenticeship, or demotion, transfer, layoff or ter
The complaint also should provide specific evidence supporting
the charge, including the names of persons involved, the date and
actual place in the factory or plant where the discrimination was
evident; and the fullest possible description of ail the circumstances
of the case.
When the Committee receives a well-prepared complaint, it first
determines which Government agency has a contract with the accused
contractor. The complaint is then sent to that agency with a re
quest that the entire matter be investigated and that a report be made
to the Committee.
The Committee aaks that the contracting agency make every
possible effort to correct the discriminatory situation at the time
at the investigation, If one is found to exist. The Committee then
reviews the investigative report and the report of any corrective
action taken to determine whether further action should be token.
Occasionally it requreto further investigation by the contracting a
gsary. or suggest* steps tbs agency may take to insure compliance by
the contractor.
Tbs Committee reported that some at the moet completely pre
pared complaints it has received have been filed <m behalf at in
dividual workers by such organisations as the Bureau on Jewish Em
ployment Problems, the National Association far the Advancement ot
Catered People, and the Urban League.
The Committee baa printed s pamphlet which describes ‘be
ptofor procedures far ffltof eompUinto under the Equal Job Op. I
From Around Nebraska
The state’s weekly newspapers devoted a lot of space to
activities for the polio drives last week, describing *H sorts of
benefits, most of which have been heard of before.
Among the unusual activities was a stunt which the pep club
used at Lexington High School. At a basketball game, the girls
secured a large blanket. They stretched it out like a life net |
and walked along at the foot of the bleachers. Spectators tossed
their coins into the blanket and by the time the collection was
over the girls had gathered $42.00 in small change. The Dawson
County Herald showed a picture of the girls carrying out their
The Garden County News at Oshkosh revealed that all of the
town’s restaurants had offered to turn over the receipts of one day’s
coffee sales to the March of Dimes. The News was urging its
readers to drink lots of coffee.
• • •
Ogallala has passed an ordinance which bans house-to-house
selling, the Keith County News has revealed. It puts an end to
the work of peddlers, solicitors, and itinerant merchants going
from door to door selling their wares in competition with the
local merchants.
The Chamber of Commerce at Ogallala, also last week, adopt
ed holidays for the stores to observe in 1997. Six holidays were
approved with November 11th, Veterans Day, being dropped from
the usual list. Stores will close on the recommended six days.
• • •
The City Council at Crete let ita insurance out to bids last
week and picked out an agency on the basis of bid, service and
company offered. The Crete New* revealed that the accepted
bidder was not the low bidder.
• • •
The College Heights Country dub at Crete has lowered its
dues to $30 per year, according to the News. Formerly, members
had paid $48. A special rate of $20 per year is maintained for
out of town members. The club is hoping to double ita member
ship by the new low rate.
• « • •
The Atkinson City Council has ordered a crack-down on the
uae of air rifles, the Atkinson Graphic has stated. The action
followed the Injury of a small Atkinson lad who was struck in
the head by a pellet. The city haa an ordinance which prohibits
the use of firearms within the city limits and the crack-down will
enforce the ordinance.
• • •
The Central City NonPareil stated last week that the sale of
license plates there is very slow. Additional help which had been
hired in tte County Treasurer's office has little to do, the news
paper said, and they will be laid off unless business picks up.
Only about 30 percent of the county’s registrations had been pur
chased last week.
e • •
The school at Loup City has purchased a bus which will be
used to haul athletic teams, the school band and other groups
wherever the organizations have occasion to go. The bus holds
forty persons. It is painted in the school colors and has already
been used to haul the basketball team, the cheer leaden, pep club
and others to Central City. The Sherman County Times, printed
at Loup City, forecast that the new bus would be an economy
• • •
The demand for irrigation wells in Saunders County (Wahoo)
is booming, reports the Wahoo Newspaper. The county now has
nearly 100 irrigation wells and drillen report they are 29 wells
behind in their orders. An irrigation meeting held at Wahoo re
cently was attended by hundreds of farmers who learned the po
tential which they have under their aoil if they but dig for it.
• • •
Toll takers at the Decatur bridge are decked out in new uni
forms, the Onawi Democrat stated last week. Until now, the toll
takers wore civilian clothes.
• • •
1100 farmers attended an irrigation clinic held last week at Al
bion. The farmers learned that there is plenty of ground water
there which can be secured by wells. They also learned bow to
handle the soil, how to use the water and other details of the new
method of production. There was great enthusiasm about chang
ing over from dry-land to irrigation fanning.
• • •
Turn your coat collar up before you read this one.
Five members of a Boy Scout troop at Pierce attended a two
day winter camp at Jackson Lake, near Battle Creek, Nebraska,
during the cold weather a week ago The Pieree Leader revealed
that the boys did their own cooking, enjoyed a turkey shoot and
a hike.
• • •
phone users had put through 140,000 long distance calls in that
The Banner-Press at David City revealed last week that tele
community during 1956. The calls had increased 5000 over 1955.
Normal days find about 5000 local calls placed per day, but in
stormy weather the number jumps rapidly, the newspaper stated.
Will "Mrs.
America" Be
State-wide attention is focused
this week on the “Mrs. America”
Contest as many Nebraska towns
and cities announce they are
searching for contestants. En
thusiasm for the “Mrs. America”
title has run high since two years
ago, when Nebraskans awakened
one morning to find that Mrs.
Ramona Deitmeyer had won the
coveted “Mrs. America” title.
Last year’s Mrs. Nebraska. Mrs
Delores Schmadeke, won the
title only after eliminating many
capable homemakers at the State
Contest held in Beatrice. The
site of this years' State Contest
will be announced soon, accord
ing to the Blue Flame Gas As
ociation'g State Chairman, Dale
The opportunity to become j
Mrs. America” for t)>e coming j
year is open to every Nebraska
hofn?m2K?r, i*vpti in tni? remotest
area. The "Mrs. America” Con
test, sponsored by the gas iddus
try, is open to mwriwl wofiw*ri j
21 years of a$je and over, with j
Mrs. America” selected pnn-i
fipally for abilities as a home
maker and meal planner, and
while it is not a beauty contest,
personality and appearance are
Contestants from citiea, towns
and rural area* via with each
other at a State Contest to select
Mrs. Nebraska. The lucky home
maker who 1* named Mrs. Ne
braska” will win an all expense
paid trip with her husband to
Fort Lauderdale. Florida, to
compete In the gram) finals of
ih# Itth annual Mrs America
Contest _ je
Contest official* f^dlet Is
record number of applicants
ptieaUe* blanks are available at
•II gaa appplMMa dealer* and
at the Ural gaa company office*
Samuel Young
Mr. Samuel L. Young, 58 years,
2202 Pinkney Street, passed away
unexpectedly Monday night Jan
uary 21st. Mr. Young had been
a resident of Omaha thirty five
years. He was a retired Swift U
Company butcher.
He is survived by his wife, }4rs.
Temple Young, daughter, Mrs.
Maxine Bryant, Richmond, Cali
fornia, two sons, Mr. Kenneth
Young, Omaha, M r. Eugene
, Young, Brooklyn, New York,
Writes of
By Rep. Glenn Cunningham
have already had several visitors
from Nebraska. Some who drop
ped by our office were Mrs. C
E. Fisher, Lynn Parsons, Anne
Hruska, A. D. Frank, Henry C.
Winters, R. C. Harris, Jack Lid
dell and Jack Allen. Mr. Par
sons is the son of Omaha's libra
rian, Arthur Parsons, and Miss
Hruska is the niece of Senator
Hruska. Both of these young
peonle are students at Grinncll
College In Iowa and are com
pleting a semester of specialized
study in government at Ameri
can University here.
Mrs. Cunningham and the child
ren arrived Tuesday, January 15.
My sister and her husband, Ches
ter Pearson, came with Mrs.
Cunningham to help with the
children and to attend the In
a u g uration Ceremonies. We
i have a home in the northwest
corner of Washington, just four
blocks from the Potomac River.
Paralleling the river is the fa
mous Chesapeake and Ohio
Canal, which was used in the
early days to transport coal and
other commodities from the
Cumberland Mountains to Wash
ington. This was the only means
of transportation, and barges
were drawn by mules which
walked along the shore. (I sup
pose they had some way of keen
ing the boats from crashing into
the banks, but I don’t know what
it was.)
The first five days of the 85th
Congress have been exciting.
This was especially true during
the two times President Eisen
hower addressed Congress in
joint session. Whenever the
President appears .Senators come
to the House of Representatives
because it is a larger chamber.
Also attending these joint sea
sions are the Vice President, Su
preme Court Justices, Ambassa
dors and Ministers, and members
of the President's Cabinet. Gal
leries are always packed, and
among the guests in the galleries
is the President’s wife. With
her are wives of Cabinet mem
bers and Mrs. Nixon. When the
President spoke to us on the
Middle East problem I noticed
Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt was
in the gallery.
TIONS ALREADY . . . Legisla
tive wheels have not really be
gun to churn yet. Sessions have
been short and routine. No leg
islation is ready for action at
this early stage. Bills introduc
ed so far have been referred to
committees for study, but most
of the committees are not fully
organized yet. After committee
organization is finished, bil's
will be studied carefully and
then reported out to the floor,
whom th«»v will be debated and
acted upon.
To date about 3,500 bills and
resolutions h’v« been introduc
ed, and I would guess the num
ber will reach 15 000 before the
session is ov*t. The seems like
about 10.000 too many to m».
We have too many laws on the
books now, and I would like to
see the Congress stop introduc
ing so many.
brother, Mr. Harleigh Young,
Washington, D.C., four grand
T e ntatively funeral services
have been set for ten o'clock
from the Bethel Baptist Church
with arrangements by the Thom
as Funeral Home.
HADE ... I have been appoint
ed to the House Post Office and'
Civil Service Committee. This
is not the most sought-after com
mittee, but it is very desirable
as far as I am concerned. I
have always been interested in
problems and working condi- j
tions of people, and I know our
postal employees have many
problems with which they need
help. While serving as Mayor
of Omaha I always took an in
terest in the welfare of our fire
men, policemen and other city
employees, and I would put our
postal workers in that class.
They are hard-working people
and always give us good service.
1 am sure you will agree.
Of course, there will be many
other important matters before
the committee, and 1 know I will
find it worthwhile.
For Negro
NEW YORK, N. Y„ Wednesday,
January 16, 6 PM EST - Radio
station WDIA, in Memphis, Ten
nessee, is the first station in
America to devote itself entirely
to a Negro audience.
Owned and operated by white
people, says the current issue of
Coronet magazine, WDIA is the
principal source of information
and communication for the Negro
communities throughout the Mid
WDIA has earned its faithful
listenership by supplying a real
service to its audience as well as
entertainment! It helps them
to get jobs, solve personal and
family problems and sets up
talent shows and benefits to col
lect funds for the underprivi
“We’re in business,” says Burt,
Ferguson, Manager of WDIA, j
"but I guess it pays to be nice U
people." The station’s revenue
is now at an annual 8600,000 and
growing yearly.
Although WDIA is not on a
crusade, nor can its personnel
be categorized as professional
“do-gooders," the Coronet article
states, “It has undoubtedly help
ed race relations in the Sauth."
Through such programs as
“Brown America Speaks” and
Hallelujah Jubilee” WDIA is able
to discuss many of the South’s
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hot relations matter* without
taking part in any of the con
Because the station moved into
a profitable market long neglect
ed after the advent of television,
j WDIA has built up a command
ing position as the biggest and
most profitable radio station in
the Midsouth—-providing the
greatest services to its audience.
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