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Hospital opens ‘Heritage Room’

By Staff | Jun 26, 2019

BARB BARRETT/The Luminary An open house for the Muncy Hospital Heritage Room was held for the public on Sunday afternoon, June 9. Committee members are (left to right) Matthew McLaughlin, Wayne Poust, Myra Hartman, Linda Poulton, and Bill Poulton. Another open house will be scheduled at a later date.

MUNCY – With months in the making, the newly formed UPMC Muncy Hospital Heritage Room is now complete with three dimensional displays, original patents, photographs of the founding fathers, and a timeline of the evolvement of the UPMC Muncy Hospital campus.

Starting with Matthew McLaughlin, Vice-President of Operations, and a partnership with the Muncy Historical Society along with archives from the Luminary, an open house was held on Sunday, June 9 to showcase these artifacts.

The former conference room is now the new Heritage Room. “It will be nice to see all of this on the walls now during medical and staff meetings,” announced McLaughlin.

The room also is used extensively by the Muncy Valley Hospital Auxiliary. Some of the artifacts are on loan from the Muncy Historical Society and anyone from the public is invited to submit different items to have on display for the hospital to loan for the Heritage Room.

An entire wall display is devoted to patents by Dr. H.G. Kim of Hughesville.

BARB BARRETT/The Luminary This is an old nurse’s medical kit from the 1920s and is currently on display at the newly formed UPMC Muncy Hospital Heritage Room. The enclosed metal box contains small vials of tinctures used for medical emergencies.

An enclosed glass area features an old nurse’s kit with some small vials of medical tinctures consisting of ammonia and lysol possibly used for insect bites. Old syringes and early medical labels with names like “glycerin”, “lime water”, “oil cloves”, “flowers of sulfur”, and “formaldehyde” to name a few are also on display.

“The goal is to keep recognizing the work done here,” McLaughlin added. “We want to ask families to make donations and keep the story going. The leadership meetings will be surrounded by all the folks in the past.”

The Heritage Room will have open houses throughout the year, but private viewings can also be arranged by contacting Myra Hartman at 570-546-4242.

BARB BARRETT/The Luminary Special guests who attended the Muncy Valley Hospital Heritage Room open house are the grandchildren of Dr. W.E. Turner who practiced medicine at the hospital. Back row left to right: Arthur Sterngold and Kathy Turner Sterngold, John Turner, PhD and Susan Turner and Tom Moriarty who traveled 150 miles from Caldwell, NJ. Bottom row are granddaughters Louise Fulmer and Marianne Pursell.

BARB BARRETT/The Luminary Linda Poulton from the Muncy Historical Society is pointing to a blood pressure monitor that dates back to the 50s and is on loan for display at the Muncy Valley Hospital Heritage Room. It was provided by Thelma White who is a volunteer at the hospital.