July 1961: Medical Histories Move to Harwick #throwbackthursdays

Temporary employee Jay Kvale helps Justine Miller transfer histories from file drawers to the new shelf files.
Temporary employee Jay Kvale helps Justine Miller transfer histories from file drawers to the new shelf files.

In 1961, the U.S. severs diplomatic relations with Cuba, President Kennedy delivers the first live presidential news conference, Ham the Chimp is rocketed into space to test the Project Mercury capsule, Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human in space, the Bay of Pigs invasion begins and ends, Freedom Riders begin riding buses to test the U.S. Supreme Court's integration decision, construction of the Berlin wall is completed, and Neil Armstrong records a world speed record in a rocket plane. In Rochester, histories were being moved to Harwick.

Transfer of all 2,360,000 medical records took an overall total of about 2,500 working hours (most of the job was done after regular working hours, not to interfere with regular Clinic operation).

Robert Wileman and Ken Crissman move a load of file drawers up the incline in the new subway leading to Harwick Building.
Robert Wileman and Ken Crissman move a load of file drawers up the incline in the new subway leading to Harwick Building.
Mrs. Carol Harmon and Betty Grove file histories on Harwick’s third floor.
Mrs. Carol Harmon and Betty Grove file histories on Harwick’s third floor.
Temporary employee Donald Twentyman assists Joyce Kleeberger.
Temporary employee Donald Twentyman assists Joyce Kleeberger.

 

kschrib

Kelley Schreiber

Kelley Schreiber is a Marketing Channel Manager at Mayo Medical Laboratories. She is the principle editor and writer of Insights and leads social media and direct marketing strategy. Kelley has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2013. Outside of work, you can find Kelley running, traveling, playing with her new kitten, and exploring new foods.