Equipment, vehicles and training have all contributed to the changing role of rescue workers. Controversy about responsibilities and response times by medics was the subject of a recent study by Charlotte’s health care providers.
Pre-hospital emergency medical care is provided now by Carolinas Health Care System and Presbyterian Healthcare System under contract to the county.
Charlotte’s medical community has maintained a leadership role in the Southeast. The health care industry employs more than 54,000 people in the Charlotte region and continues to be state-of-the-art.
Mercy Hospital began treating Charlotteans in 1906. The newest member of the community, Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) is a state designated academic medical center teaching hospital and a level one trauma center. Presbyterian is the second largest hospital in the region.
Photo: 11/5/59 - Related article: 11/9/59
Photo: 7/16/90 - Article: 7/17/90 (T. Ortega Gaines)
Photo c. 1960 - 1961
|Fireman often risk their lives for our safety. The Southern Drug Co., 1400 E. Morehead, burned with such intensity that special equipment was required to enter the building.|
|Up close and personal, the media were on the job as the fire roared at the Southern Drug Co. on Morehead Street.|
Photo: c. 1960 - 1961 Article: unknown
Photo: 10/8/58 - Article: 10/9/58
|State-of-the-art equipment arrives at Presbyterian Hospital at a cost of $30,000. A “Cobalt-60” machine for cancer treatment using radiation was installed in a specially designed room in the hospital’s basement. Hospital employees demonstrate treatment.|
|Young women were steered to traditional roles e.g. nursing via volunteer activities such as being a candystriper. Now known as junior volunteers, boys and girls 13 and older can get a first-hand look at the variety of health care careers.|
Photo c. 1960 - 1961 - Article: unknown
Photo: 9/22/94 - Related article: 6/10/92 (Gary O’Brien)
+ 7500 employees
= Carolinas Medical Center
No longer housed in just one building, CMC has multiple facilities throughout Charlotte and the county.