Morningside Hospital in 1964

Eric Cordingley of Portland emailed a very interesting article from the Oregonian about Morningside Hospital. Written in 1964, the article spotlighted Morningside as an example of new approaches to institutional care. I was surprised by a number of things in the article:
  • Morningside was the largest private psychiatric hospital if the West Coast
  •  135 Alaskans, many of whom were Alaska Natives, were still patients
  • Nearly a third of the patients were children, most of whom were developmentally disabled
The treatment philosophy (therapeutic community) described in the article is rather forward-thinking for 1964. The article noted that Morningside looked more like a farm than a hospital, there were no uniforms for the patients or staff, patients were encouraged to participate in education/work and recreation, and the goal for most patients was self-sufficiency and discharge. You can read the whole article here: [download id="137"]
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2 Comments

  1. Annie
    Posted September 20, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    I am building a family tree finally and joined ancestry.com and came across something about Morningside. I think it was patients at that hospital in the early years. Made me think of this project. Have you gone to their website?

  2. Posted September 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    I’ve used ancestry.com to find additional information on a number of Morningside patients. It’s a great source of family history information.

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