Duke Hospital, InterCom
Question Box on the New Building
How will patients get to the Emer
gency entrance during construction?
There will be two phases iu the
eoustruetioii. Duriiig the first phase
patients will eonie from Erwin Road
past the front of the liospital to
Emergency and turn around there.
A construction fence will block the
road beyond Emergency. During
this phase the new construction will
be tied into the service tunnel.
During the second—and final—
phase the road in front of the hos
pital will be closed, but the fence de
scribed above will be removed. Pa
tients will come in the Ordnance Re
search Road, past the Engineering
building, and on to Emergency. Dur
ing this phase the connecting passage
way A will be constructed.
Where will the passageway (unit A
in the photograph) enter the hos
It will enter through the present
Record Library. The roof of the
passageway will be five feet above the
present level of tlie ground in front
of the hospital. This area Avill be
filled and graded so it will be level
with the passageway roof. This will
make it level, also, with the liospital’s
j)resent main lobby, and will allow
patients to enter on the street level
without having to climb any steps.
Will the Record Library have to
No. It will have most of its pres
ent space plus additional si)ace to
be built adjacent to it and to the
Will the present main lobby continue
Yes, until some future time when
a building is constructed over pas
sageway A to combine the liospital
and new building into one unit.
Will there be any additional parking
Yes. There will be some behind the
new building, but it will be limited.
When the building and passageway
are complete, how will you get from
one side of the hospital to the other?
It will be possible, of course, to
walk through. If you wish to drive,
vou will have to go around by Erwin
Will this building be air-conditioned?
What about elevator service?
There will be two high-speed, self-
service, passenger elevators with full
provision for a third. There will be
one freight elevator.
What employee facilities will there
There will be lounges for women
oil the second and fourtli floors.
What kind of work will be done in
the Gerontology Building?
The entire building will be devoted
to various aspects of research in
gerontological problems. Subjects of
study will include both humans and
animals, and experiments will range
from the laboratory to the field.
One floor will be used for clinical
studies of steroid metabolism and
atherosclerosis. One of the major
areas of emphasis is the central iierv-
ous system. Neuroi)athology, neuro-
physiology, neurosurgery, psycho
physiology, and sociological studies
will receive particular attention. In
addition there will be conference and
lecture space available to fui-ther
both the research needs and the
teaching aspects of the gerontologicnl
Will any of the clinics move to the
Yes. ENT will move to the first
floor of the Diagnosis and Treatment
Center. Space in the hospital now
occupied by ENT (Jlinic will be used
to ex])and the Eye Clinic.
Also moving to the Diagnosis and
Treatment Center will be the Al
lergy, (iastroenterology, Riiiial, and
What staff members plan to move?
A great re-shuffling of office and
laboratory s])ace Avill take |)lace, and
many long-time senior staff members
will move from the present hospital
to new (piarters. Space has been re
served, also, for offices for the future
director of the Clinical Research
I understand there will be a “Day
Hospital” in the Diagnosis and
Treatment building. What is a Day
A fourteen patient Day Hosi)ital
(day-care Psychiatric Service) is
j)lanned. This service will occupy
about two-thirds of the third floor
of the Diagnostic and Treatment
Building. Its physical facilities will
consist of a large living-dining-kitch-
enette area, and adjoining Occupa
tional Therapy area, a connecting
nurses’ ofifice, and five additional of
fices for the psychiatrists, clinical
psychologists, psychiatric social work
er, psychiatric resident, and secre
taries who will be working with the
day-care ])atients. By providing the
facilities and skilled personnel neces
sary for theraj)y on an 8:30 A.M. to
5:00 P.M. basis, the day-care service
extends the psychiatric services of a
medical center to those wlio require
the beiiefits of psychiatric hospitali
zation, but are well enough to be
outside the hospital part of the time.
Family and other social contacts can
be maintained for such patients and
more rapidly integrated into the
treatment. Long-term hos])italization
can sometimes l)e averted by the use
of such a facility in patients with rel
atively severe psychic disorders. Costs
of psychiatric day-care treatment are
considerably less than those for full
time hospitalization and can, there
fore, be made available to a larger
number of jx'ople.
What will be the function of the Clin
ical Research Center?
It will create new knowledge about
diseases which are now ill-understood
and poorly treated. Its ward of 20
beds will house patients Mith diseases
which are being intensively studied
by th(> staff with the intent of im-
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