The 1970s saw headlines about Watergate, Patty Hearst, Ted Bundy, Vietnam, presidential resignations, computers, Elvis and "Star Wars." In Portage, Divine Savior Hospital and Nursing Home was again expanding its services to focus on areas such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, social services, speech-hearing, pastoral care along with traditional inpatient, surgical, emergency and intensive care.

Small Intensive Care Ward Opened at Divine Savior

Sister Virginia, director of nursing at Divine Savior Hospital, announced the opening today of a specially-equipped four-bed intensive care ward.

"The unit was developed to provide a facility for the acutely ill medical or surgical patient who requires constant observation and individualized medical and nursing care," she said.

"A core module at the head of each bed is equipped with special monitors and alarm systems to follow the performance of the heart more closely."




"The most important phase of the reorganization of Divine Savior Hospital and Nursing Home is the establishment of the New Board of Directors with community representation. Having lay representatives from the community on the board will provide a better understanding of the community needs when decisions are made affecting the services and facilities of the hospital and nursing home."

– Mother Charline Shekelten, Divine Savior Board of Directors president




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