1970: Physical Medicine Moves to East 10 #ThrowbackThursday

A second Hubbard tank for hydrotherapy has been installed in the department. Mrs. Betty Smith, Physical Medicine aide, wipes the tank which has just been in use.
A second Hubbard tank for hydrotherapy was installed in the department. Mrs. Betty Smith, Physical Medicine aide, wipes the tank which has just been in use.

In 1970, the Mayo Clinic Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation moved Oct. 16–17 to East 10, Mayo Building.

Mrs. Sally Reese, staff therapist, demonstrates chair by which non-ambulatory patients can be placed in and removed from whirlpool bath. The chair, attached to its base, can be wheeled into the hydrotherapy room. Detached from its wheel base and attached to a power pedestal at the base of the tank, the chair (with patient) can be lifted, swung into proper position and lowered into tank.
Mrs. Sally Reese, staff therapist, demonstrates the chair by which non-ambulatory patients can be placed in and removed from whirlpool bath.

Considerable remodeling was required prior to the move. While examining rooms on the north and south side were left essentially unchanged, much of the remaining area was reconstructed. Treatment booths replaced many of the conventional examining rooms, with six booths occupying the space of four rooms. Other partitions were removed to provide large areas for gymnasiums and hydrotherapy rooms.

Stan Martin and Bob Mathewson, senior students in the School of Physical Therapy, demonstrate bars which provide support to patients regaining ability to walk.
Stan Martin and Bob Mathewson, senior students in the School of Physical Therapy, demonstrate bars which provide support to patients regaining ability to walk.

Special heating and water storage facilities were installed for hydrotherapy. A signal system, slightly modified from that in previous use permitted patients in treatment booths to call a therapist. A safety feature allowed the power to be turned off in all treatment areas to insure that no electrical equipment was inadvertently left on after hours.

The move to East 10 in 1970 returned Physical Medicine to its original geographic location though at a higher elevation. Old Central School was the department’s first location, however, it was moved to the Worrall Annex during construction of Mayo Building in the early 1950s, and occupied the sixth and seventh floors of Plummer Building during the 1950s.

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Alyssa Frank

Alyssa Frank is a Marketing Associate at Mayo Medical Laboratories. She supports marketing strategies for product management and specialty testing. Alyssa has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2015.