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Hospital opens ‘Heritage Room’

June 26, 2019
By BARBARA C. BARRETT , The Luminary

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.

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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.

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.

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.



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