Article taken from the Sesquicentennial Souvenir Program published in 1956.
For Comfort of All
By Willard L. Lewis
Progress of a community may be measured by various methods. In Connellsville the scale will show growth not only in an industrial and economic manner, but also in consideration of the welfare of all.
A good example is Connellsville State Hospital. Originally staffed with seven employees, a head nurse who acted as housekeeper, two trained nurses, two male attendants, one cook and one laundress it compared with a payroll of 196 today and every modern appliance that enables it to serve the public well.
In 1893, the earliest year for which reports are available, an average of 11 patients a month were admitted to the Hospital. Today that figure runs close to 500 monthly.
The original hospital cost $13,400. The present one was erected at a cost of $396,513.25. Since then the third floor was completed at a cost of $21,042.44, a laundry built at an outlay of $59,491 and a nurses' home finished, costing in excess of $200,000.
All this for the benefit of the people.