Documentary on New York City hospitals, evaluating the affiliation program between municipal and voluntary hospitals and abuses in the system. Episode 2: New York City hospitals are dangerous to your life. This program is on the physical condition of hospitals -- the buildings and the equipment in them-- in New York City. The recording begins by taking listeners on a tour of Harlem Hospital, hearing commentary from representatives of District Council 37, the hospital workers' union. They also discuss conditions at Lincoln Hospital, Lennox Hill, Coney Island, Bellevue, and more. All agree that the conditions are terrible, with one commentator even describing it as something out of a Dickens novel. Voices heard in this program include Dr. Donald Dixon, associate commissioner of the New York state health department; New York state Senator Seymour Thaler, an early advocate for hospital reform; nurses Cordy Givon, Valerie Lisoli, and Irene Zimberg; New York Times health reporter Martin Tolchin; Dr. Howard Brown, former health services administrator; hospital commissioner Joseph Terenzio; Dr. Jack Haldeman, head of the health and hospital planning council; Dr. Phillip Hennig of Metropolitan Hospital; nursing student Barbara McFadden; Myles Lane, chairman of the state investigation commission; health services administrator Bernard Bukoff; an unnamed maintenance worker; and intern Ken Geiger.
This recording has been digitally preserved as part of Pacifica's American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 grant preservation project, and is available for research and reference . Please contact the archives via telephone: 818-506-1077 or email: americanwomen at pacificaradioarchives dot org for information on how to obtain a copy of this program. Thank you.