Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
Lucy Richards presents the 1947 Award of Appreciation to Frank Bradley of Barnes Hospital.
At the annual banquet on Sept. 24, an award of appreciation, the first to be presented by the association, was given to Barnes Hospital "in recognition of its contribution to the education of the nurse anesthetist." In presenting the award to Dr. Frank R. Bradley, director of Barnes Hospital, Miss Richards said:
"In the life of an organization, as well as in the life of an individual, there comes a time when it seems appropriate to pause in working toward a goal and take stock of the friendships that have contributed to the organization’s advancement. That time has come for the members of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Although there is still much to be done, we have with the help of friends made much progress. And to those who have given us their help, it is time for us to express our gratitude.
"As individuals, we are grateful to those older members of the medical profession who recognized the nurse as an anesthetist and made her development possible. We are sure that her early sponsors were not unaware of her gratitude as expressed in her conscientious attention to the work for which she was trained. Dr. George Crile, the Doctors Mayo, and Dr. Evarts A. Graham, among surgeons, and Dr. Robert H. Bishop, Jr., and Dr. Bert Caldwell, among the hospital administrators, were undoubtedly cognizant of her appreciation.
"At this annual convention, the Board of Trustees of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists is making the first of a series of contemplated awards of appreciation to medical groups and individuals who have contributed to the advancement of the nurse anesthetist. Since the first award is being made this year, it seems most appropriate that is should go to an institution in the city of which we are guests. To this gathering of nurse anesthetists, there is no need to recall the stature of Barnes Hospital. There is even less reason to point out what good friends the nurse anesthetist has in Dr. Frank R. Bradley and Dr. Evarts A. Graham, who is at present in Europe and unable to be with us. They have given us encouragement when it was most needed, and to men like them, the Association owes a great deal.
"Accordingly, for the Board of Trustees of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, acting on behalf of all its members, I take the occasion of this meeting in St. Louis to say to Dr. Bradley, and through him to Barnes Hospital, ‘we thank you.’"
In accepting the award, Dr. Bradley paid tribute to the director of Barnes Hospital School of Anesthesia, Helen Lamb:
"Madam President, members of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and Friends: on behalf of the Board of Trustees of Barnes Hospital, we accept with sincere appreciation this award. In honoring us, you honor three individuals who contributed so greatly to the education of nurse anesthetists in our institution – Miss Helen Lamb, director of the school of anesthesia and chief anesthetist; Dr. Evarts A. Graham, chief of surgery and professor of surgery in Washington University School of Medicine; and Dr. L. H. Burlingham, now deceased, who was administrator of Barnes Hospital when the school was started. The primary function of medicine and surgery, and, therefore, of the hospital and all who work in the hospital, is the care of sick and injured persons. That care implies the relief of pain. Without the nurse anesthetist, the ability of the modern hospital to relive pain would be seriously hampered. The nurse anesthetist fills an essential need in medicine, and she is here to stay. Our heartfelt congratulations to you as a profession!"
Source: Journal of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. 1947;15(4):260-261.