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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302


Compiled by Father Tom Caswell, for the Inland Register

(From the March 17, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

From the Inland Register
Volume 9 - No. 26
50 Years Ago: February 3, 1961

New Hospital Entrance Dedicated; Sacred Heart Hospital Marks 75th Jubilee

When Sister Raymond Nonatus, a retired nurse, severed the ribbon drawn across the new entrance to Sacred Heart hospital on Wednesday, Feb. 1, not only was a new approach launched in the admission office, but attention was called to the hospital’s 75th anniversary.

Sister Raymond Nonatus, who was on the nursing staff when Sacred Heart was located at Trent and Browne, on the Spokane River front, was handed a pair of scissors by Mayor Neal R. Fosseen. The event was the first in a series of activities marking the 75th anniversary of the hospital.

After the brief ribbon cutting event, hospital officials and a number of local dignitaries, including James P. Brenna, president of the Spokane Chamber of Commerce, were luncheon guests in the new lobby.

A visitor was John Brownell, 80, E. 623 Bridgeport, a patient in the old hospital in 1902, who recalled that at the age of 19, while employed with the telephone company, he fell from an ice-coated pole during a February sleet storm. Several bones were broken in the 40-foot fall. He spent six weeks in the hospital, he said.

Sister Mary Bede, Sacred Heart hospital administrator, in telling of the $150,000 improvement, mentioned that the new entrance was designed to meet the needs of the automobile age. “It offers two major services, one to traffic, the other to people,” Sister Mary Bede said. “The movement of cars has been expedited through the creation of two broad lanes for traffic. The reception of patients and their friends and visitors has been enhanced through a spacious lobby.

The entrance is protected by a canopy supported near Eighth Street by a red marble front. The surface of the pedestrian lane paralleling the drive is equipped with radiant heat facilitating easy snow removal.

Electrically controlled doors swing open for persons stepping from cars and entering the lobby. The front of the lobby is supported by marble pillars. The main body of the entrance is white mosaic.

The interior of the lobby provides comfort and beauty and should eliminate standing in halls during periods of rush admittance. Patients are provided an entrance off the lobby taking them directly into the admission office. The information desk has been relocated in the new area.

To make room for the new entrance, the old entrance with its cut stone steps was razed. However, one feature of the hospital front has been retained: The marble statue of the Sacred Heart has been given a position of new importance.

A niche at third floor level was created where the statue is projected through the aura of blue-stained glass background.

From the Inland Register
Volume 43 – No. 19
25 Years Ago: April 3, 1986

Around the Diocese: Pullman woman receives SANE Peace Prize

Clarice McCartan was the recent recipient of the second annual peace prize awarded by the Palouse chapter of SANE. She was nominated for the prize by the parish council of Sacred Heart Parish, Pullman.

“This is a personal honor for Clarice and a recognition truly deserved,” wrote Father J. Severyn Westbrook, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish. “She has long been a faithful witness to peace and to the Gospel values which promote, protect and preserve peace.... She has brought honor to us but also challenge.”

McCartan pioneered the parish’s relationship with “LaVoz de Nahuala,” the radio station operated in the Spokane Guatemala mission.

DeSales band members attend Seattle festival

Members of the band from DeSales High School in Walla Walla recently attended the Washington State Catholic Band Festival in Seattle. The group was one of seven participating in the Festival, including band members from Gonzaga Prep, Spokane.

Seven members of the DeSales group were part of the festival’s Honor Band: Mike Hoobler, Julie Elmenhurst, Nancy Anhorn, Jeff Wood, Jeff Martucelli, Kristi Anderson, and Alicia Lapke.

All Saints students benefit Salvadorans

After receiving a letter from Archbishop Rivera Y Damas telling of the economic, political and social crisis in El Salvador, the students of the Mission Commission at All Saints Primary School gathered donated toys, books, cookies, plants and other items for a special sale within the school.

The sale raised $153, which will be used to buy blackboards, chalk, erasers, pencils, paper and other instructional materials and educational programs for the people of El Salvador.

(Father Caswell is archivist for the Inland Register, and a frequent contributor to this publication.)


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