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40 years ago: KU’s Watkins Hospital moves to new building

March 18, 2014


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 18, 1974:

  • Kansas University's Watkins Hospital had completed its move to a new $3.6 million building southeast of Robinson Gymnasium. "The move went just unbelievably well, because everybody pitched in and helped. Doctors and supervisors put on their old work clothes, and everybody helped," said Dr. Martin Wollmann, KU's student health service director. The old hospital, a gift of Mrs. J. B. Watkins in 1931, had been renamed Esther Twente Hall and was slated to become the home of the School of Social Welfare. The new 60,000-square-foot facility, designed primarily as an outpatient facility for KU's students, also had 32 beds for in-patients. The university's health service was then treating about 100,000 patients a year (450 to 475 on a busy day) and performed about 100,000 lab procedures annually.
  • A 17-year-old juvenile had been cited in Douglas County Juvenile Court during the investigation of a recent break-in at the Eudora high school. The youth had been released to his parents and all items taken from the building had been recovered, according to Supt. Charles Hill. Entry had apparently been made through an unlocked window. Hill listed eight typewriters and two science laboratory balance scales as the items taken and recovered, valuing them at $3,000.


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