MRS. VIRGINIA WITTIG
3 Head Nurses
Three new head nurses have
been appointed on the Duke
Hospital staff during the past few
weeks by Mrs. Verna Sticht, acting
director for nursing service.
They are Jo Anne Grauerholz on
McDowell ward, Nettie Hollis on
Howland, and Virginia Wittig on
Cardiology and the Cardiac Care
In addition, six new assistant
head nurses have been named.
Mrs. Grauerholz, who came to
Duke from the VA Hospital, is a
graduate of the Pilgrim State
Hospital School of Nursing in West-
Brentwood, New York.
Miss Hollis, newly elected
president of the Duke Graduate
Nurses Organization, received her
training at the Rex Hospital School
of Nursing in Raleigh.
Mrs. Wittig earned her nursing
degree at the University of
Maryland in Baltimore.
New assistant head nurses
include Betty Cross on Halsted
ward, Mayme Hampton in the
full-term nursery, Debbie
Humphries on Welch ward, Barbara
Latty on the Cardiac Care Unit,
Linda Seagraves on Carter ward,
and Kathryn Waite on Prevost
MRS. JOANNE GRAUERHOLZ
MISS NETTIE HOLLIS
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"Accreditation is the greatest
safeguard patients in a hospital can
have," Dr. Sessoms said.
"Accreditation, or the lack of it,
can mean the difference between
high-quality and low-quality patient
treatment and care."
The accreditation inspection
team follows inspection principles
and standards detailed in a
111-page book that covers every
area of the hospital's operation.
Takes Sea Level
Post Next Month
A professor of surgery and chief
of staff at the Durham Veterans
Administration Hospital has been
appointed director of the Sea Level
Division of the Medical Center.
He is Dr. Raymond W.
Postlethwait, a member of the
Duke faculty for the past 15 years.
The appointment, effective
September 1, was approved by the
University Board of Trustees and
announced in early June by Dr.
William G. Aniyan, vice-president
for health affairs.
Dr. Postlethwait, 56, will have
administrative responsibility for
Duke's holdings in coastal Carteret
County, including the 90-bed Sea
Level Hospital which became a part
of the Medical Center in the form
of a gift last year.
Direct administration of the
hospital will remain with Jack W.
Sea Level Hospital was given to
Duke by a Carteret County native,
D.E. Taylor of West Palm Beach,
Florida, who established it to serve
the people of that rural coastal
area. Also included in the gift were
1,500 acres of land. Duke is
exploring a number of possibilities
for future use of the acreage,
including development of,
recreational facilities, summer
cottages, and a year-round
Dr. Postlethwait, who will live at
Sea Level, will represent the Duke
administration there and will
coordinate future development
plans with an already-established
Sea Level Committee.
In addition, he will begin a
private surgery practice. Sea Level's
only surgeon, Dr.H. M. Peacock,
died at Duke Hospital late in May
following a brief illness.
The new director will retain his
faculty appointment at Duke and
will continue a relationship with
the VA as a consultant.