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The 1970s

For South Shore Hospital , the 1970s would be another decade of growth. It began in 1970 with a new pediatric surgical day care program, and the new Conren Chapel dedicated in May.

Physician reviewing scan in 1970s

Dr. James Bezreh reviews a scan
in the Laban Pratt Building.

William Clark became director of the Hospital in 1971, succeeding Donald Duke. Three new floors were added to the Laban Pratt Wing, a new EKG machine was purchased, and four critical care units totaling 32 beds were opened, as well as a new ambulatory care department.

Also in 1971, the Hospital instituted a social services department to provide discharge planning, as well as a physical therapy department.

In 1972, the state passed Determination of Need (DoN) legislation, establishing regulations that would have an enormous effect on the hospital industry, and in particular would affect South Shore Hospital's continued efforts to expand further and acquire new services. Another law with far-reaching implications established the Peer Review Standards Organization (PRSO).

50th anniversary pin, 1972
Pin commemorating 
the hospital's 
50th anniversary.

On the clinical front, Hospital dieticians began a teaching program for diabetics, and the Hospital once again pioneered several innovations: a unit dose pharmacy system initiated in the Laban Pratt Wing (South Shore was one of the first hospitals to use such a system), and a family-centered maternity care program that included prepared childbirth classes and sibling visiting privileges, one of only 22 such programs nationwide.

Pre-admission testing and centralized purchasing were added in 1973. In 1974 Hospital volunteers began a "Reach for Recovery" program for mastectomy patients, and the Hospital began an EEG service. A speakers' bureau was started in 1975, providing the community with doctors, nurses, and other authorities who presented health-related topics for meetings and other community events. That same year, a tumor registry was organized within the Medical Records department.

In 1976, as the nation celebrated its Bicentennial, the Hospital added three more floors to the Laban Pratt Wing. Hospital cardiologists began stress testing, and the Hospital acquired ultrasound the same year.

Groundbreaking Ceremony, 1976
Groundbreaking ceremony for addition to Laban Pratt wing, 1976.

Another major change occurred in 1977, when South Shore Hospital reorganized from a stockholder corporation to a membership corporation. The Hospital's administration was restructured as well to reflect the reorganization. Two years later, in 1979, the Chubbuck property was demolished to make room for parking, and a new ambulatory care unit opened to provide convenient walk-in service to outpatients.


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