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Dr. BRAISTED. The next is Norfolk, Va., contracted for and about completed, 20 buildings, consisting of 14 pavilion wards, 4 Hospital Corps barracks, and 2 subsistence buildings, with a capacity of about 500 patients, making that about a 1,000-bed hospital. The CHAIRMAN. How much is that? Dr. BRAISTED. That is $200,000. The CHAIRMAN. Is this at Norfolk?

Dr. BRAISTED. This is to be the Norfolk Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Va.

The CHAIRMAX. What is the next?

CHARLESTON, S. C. Dr. BRAISTED. The next is Charleston, S. C., with 10,000 men and no hospital of any kind. This is to provide for 24 buildings, consisting of five pavilion wards, with toilets and wash rooms, nurses' quarters, hospital corps barracks, civilian employees' barracks, quarters for medical staff, operating building, administration building, mess halls, kitchen building, storehouse, garage, laundry buildings and laundry equipment, disinfecting building and disinfecting apparatus, and heating plant, with a capacity of about 200 or 250 patients, at an estimated cost of $150,000. Mr. GILLETT. Is that permanent construction? Dr. BRAISTED. No; this is all temporary construction, just as you saw there [indicating photographs). Admiral Harris. Wooden buildings. The CHAIRMAN. What is the next?



Dr. BRAI STED. The next is Key West, Fla. We have no hospital whatever there, and we are endeavoring to get a hospital there by

one of these temporary hospitals or buying something, if we can. I have spent a good deal of time on this, and we can buy a school there, a church school, which will give us beds for 100 patients, for $50,000, and the property, which would give us sufficient 'hospital accommodations; this building could be fitted up at not too great an expense, and I think it is the most rational thing to do. That is one reason why we want the word “purchase” in there; that is one place at which we would like to purchase. I think it would lie by far the most economical thing we can do. Key West is a very difficult place at which to build. We have no sewerage and no water supply, and many things about it make it a most difficult place at which to establish a suitable hospital. We will have quite a personnel there and one that will be far removed from another place." I am trying to get ready at least a temporary hospital of 100 beds. The CHAIRMAN. What is the next?


Dr. BraISTED. Pensacola, Fla., with no hospital and a rapidly enmately of $5,000. This is under contract and nearly completed, 24 larging personnel, that place will probably have a personnel ultibuildings, consisting of 5 pavilion wards, with toilets and wash rooms, nurses' quarters, hospital corps barracks, civilian employees barracks, quarters for medical staff, operating building, administration building, mess hall, kitchen building, storehouse, garage, laundry building, and laundry equipment, disinfecting building, and disinfecting apparatus, and power plant to supply steam for operating building, laundry, sterilizing, and disinfecting apparatus, $150,000.

The CHAIRMAN. What will the capacity be?

Dr. BRAISTED. All of these temporary hospitals are built on one plan, of which I have a little book here. There is something which we have developed as a temporary hospital. You see all of these buildings follow about the same wording, and each one provides for a little temporary hospital.

The CHAIRMAN. What will be the capacity of this hospital?
Dr. BRAISTED. This will give us 200 beds.
Mr. GILLETT. Will you need 200 beds for 5,000 men?

Dr. BRAISTED. In war times we calculate on not less than 5 per cent of patients from the personnel; the Army counts on more, but we go at 5 per cent; I think the Army estimates 10 or 15 per cent.

Mr. GILLETT. You say in war times. Do you mean at the front?

Dr. BRAISTED. No; I refer to the places we have here. You have here these large aggregations of men and consequently there is a great deal more of contagious diseases; you have more diseases everywhere in war times than in peace times. Our great work will not be the care of the wounded as much as it will be the care of these people we are gathering together, the general personnel which we must endeavor to keep well. We may be in one or two big engagements which will result in a great many wounded, and so on, but that is a small matter as compared to the general health and welfare of the whole personnel.


The next is New Orleans, with a personnel of from 5,000 to 8,000, 24 buildings, consisting of 5 pavilion wards, with toilets and wash rooms, nurses' quarters, hospital corps barracks. civilian employees

rracks, quarters for medical staff, operating building, administration building, mess hall, kitchen building, storehouse, garage. laundry building and laundry equipment, disinfecting building and disinfecting apparatus, and power plant to supply steam for operating building, laundry, sterilizers, and disinfecting apparatus. This is the same general plan that I have outlined before and will give 250 beds, and the estimated cost is $150,000.


The next is the Great Lakes Station, Ill., with a personnel, perhaps, of 20,000, which will necessitate a hospital of at least 1.200 beds.

The CHAIRMAN. What have you now?

Dr. BRAISTED. We have now 185 beds in our permanent hospital; almost everything else is in tents, and we are carrying there about 800 patients. When those 20.000 are there we should have, I think, 2,000 beds, but I am providing for 1,200, which I think is a moderate number. This would require 49 buildings, consisting of 29 pavilion wards, hospital corps barracks, subsistence building, laundry building and laundry equipment, storehouse, garage, civilian employees' building, nurses' quarters, and heating plant, $450,000.


The next is Mare Island, Cal. That is simply an extension of the naval hospital there, 42 buildings, consisting of 20 pavilion wards, with toilets and wash rooms, 2 nurses' quarters, 2 hospital corps barracks, 2 civilian employees' barracks, 2 quarters for medical staff, operating building, administration building, 2 mess halls, 2 kitchens, 2 storehouses, garage, laundry building and laundry equipment, disinfecting building and apparatus, and heating plant, $175,000, which will give us a hospital capable of carrying about 1.000 patients; they have there to-day nearly 700 patients and they have had as high as 900 patients in the last two months.

The CHAIRMAN. What facilities have they there now? Dr. BRAISTED. We have now one main hospital, which has a capacity of about 300 beds at its extremest limit; we are carrying these patients in tents and are now building these quarters for the winterthat is, quarters of this temporary character—which will expand the main hospital as they are expanding at Norfolk. Now, you asked about Alcatraz Island. This is by far and away a better scheme, because we have all of our main hospital there; we have all of our administration there, and everything, you know, is concentrated around Mare Island and will be for this next one, two, or three years, probably.

Mr. GILLETT. How is it you have so many sick at Mare Island ? Where do they come from?

Dr. Braisted. They come from the large receiving station there, which carries thousands of men, and that is the largest source of supply of patients. We also have about 5,000 men camped there, which will be increased in number; we have all the ships that come there and the various people who are employed in the navy yard. It is a big personnel.


The next is Puget Sound. We have a very fine permanent hospital there, which we are expanding by the addition of 10 buildings, consisting of 5 pavilion wards, 3 Hospital Corps barracks, subsistence building, and heating plant, at an estimated cost of $100,000.


The next is Jamestown. Va., the new training camp, with a personnel of 10,000. We are providing a temporary 250-bed hospital of the same type that I have described, 26 buildings, consisting of 9 pavilion wards, Hospital Corps barracks, nurses' quarters, quarters for the medical staff, administration building, operating building, subsistence building, storehouse, laundry and laundry equipment, garage, mortuary, shops, civilian barracks, and heating plant, at an estimated cost of $275,000 and with a capacity of 280 patients. Besides that, we have in view, which will soon come along, Gulfport, with a personnel of 3,000 at least, and perhaps more, where we will have to provide about 100 beds.


Then we have such places as Cape May and Pelham Manor, where there will be 5,000 people. All of those places keep coming, you see, day by day, and it is hard for me to tell you exactly what will be necessary, but I see already in the distance enough to certainly take us over the $3,200,000 mark, and for which we are asking now. We will certainly spend all of that and probably have to spend, as time goes on, some more; just how much nobody knows. Of course, it is very important that we have all of this completed as soon as possible. The first thing that you want, gentlemen, in any of these camps, is some place to take care of the sick, and the most important thing that you have before you is to provide quarters for the care of the sick. The first complaints and the most bitter complaints you will hear will be those about the lack of provisions of that kind. As I told you in my first hearing, I think I have followed out my reputation in being modest in my demands. I have thought over very carefully what we ought to have. There has been no attempt to do any. thing but furnish, as cheaply and as carefully as we could, all of these wants, which I know from my many years of experience-I have been 17 years in this work-we are going to need.


The C'HAIRMAN. Have you any patients in private hospitáls ?
Dr. BRAISTED. Yes, sir.
The CHAIRMAX. How many ?

Dr. BRAISTED. I should say that we now have all together about 125 patients. Of course, they are scattered all over the country, and that is something that grows. For instance, last night I was called on the telephone; a yeoman broke his leg and was taken to the Sibley Hospital; that means that his care will be paid for, probably, from our fund for the care of patients in civil hospitals.

The CHAIRMAN. The case you speak of is an accident, and a sort of emergency case!


The CHAIRMAN. Are you sending patients to private hospitals from any of these places now?

Dr. BRAISTED. Yes; several hundred in cities where these facilities are available. At times there have been 100 or so in hospitals about New York. For instance, if any of our hospitals are full

, and any of our retired officers—and by law we must look out for them—should require attention, we would no doubt send them to the Georgetown Hospital, where we have a contract at $1.50 a day, or something like that. I made those contracts so that we would have some place to send these people if necessary. We also need these private hospitals for women. We do not take women in the naval hospitals, and the enlisted women have a right to treatment; and if any of them are taken seriously ill we have to take care of them, and they would probably go to one of those places. If at any of these places our hospitals were full we would of necessity have to utilize these civilian hospitals, and nobody knows how extensive that may be necessary in many places. Take the Coast Guard Service. We will need to have hospitals to send those men to for treatment; and if any of them should be taken seriously ill we would have to send them to these private hospitals and pay for their care out of the funds which we have for that purpose.

Of course, as I say, we do not know what we may need in that direction, but I think everything is very well planned; I think it has all worked out very nicely, except that we are behind on this construction. It is construction that must be finished before winter, and if it is not finished before that time we are going to have a great deal of sickness from exposure. Everybody is living outdoors now, and things are running nicely, but just as soon as it gets cold and all of these men are concentrated in close quarters we will be where we were last spring, when we had so much trouble with contagious diseases originating, say, in Chicago and spreading to Norfolk and into the fleet. I think I have told you all the places where we are either building or contemplating building, and you can see it will run something over $3,200,000. I thought you might like to know that we are carrying in the hospitals to-day 4,123 patients; that does not mean the number of sick that we have but it means those in the hospitals. We probably have altogether as hospital patients between 6,000 and 7,000. Of course, we have the Asiatic Fleet, the Atlantic Fleet

, and they are all carrying cases, and we think we should have at least hospital accommodations for about 10,000.

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The CHAIRMAN. The next item is “For yard improvements, fiscal lear 1918, $5,000,000.” This is submitted in connection with the item of $2,500,000 for the naval gun factory? Capt. WILLARD. Yes; the other $2,500,000 is for the machinery. The CHAIRMAN. Please explain this item.

Capt. Willard. This item is to provide an immediate increase in the ordance output. It is becoming increasingly difficult every day to place contracts for ordnance material, guns, mounts, torpedoes, and torpedo tubes. It is also very difficult to place satisfactory contracts for castings and forgings for the fabrication of this material. Within the Washington yard we have an organization that has prored efficient in the manufacture of ordnance material, and the simplest and quickest way to meet the increased demand would appear to be to expand this existing institution.

This estimate includes--as pointed out in the letter of transmittal, of July 14-an increase in the machine-shop facilities, the forging

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