Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Hotel Radio - Health Care Edition

More from Mayor Lawrence circa 1950:

A population of 1.5 million in the county supported:

There were 70 hospitals in the county back then, but just 1,800 physicians and 1,000 nurses.  That's amazing.

A quick check of the government's Hospital Compare site shows 17 hospitals in Allegheny County now (UPMC Braddock included) for our population of 1.2 million. How many physicians are there in the county now?  Nurses? 

The change since 1950 in terms of how our health care needs are met (or not) is pretty incredible.   So many tertiary care centers and ancillary services now, it's like comparing apples and oranges.

I love how radio stations were based in hotels back then.   Now we have retirement communities with their own TV stations.

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