Though there was a ceremony Sunday for the burial of a time capsule for the centennial of Illinois Valley Community Hospital, the Peru hospital staff still needs to do a bit more to keep it weatherproof before burying it. More interesting than the lock box not yet being buried, is what is contained inside it.
“We are here today to bury a time capsule so that our descendants will know something about us and our hospital in 100 years,” IVCH board president Kris Paul said to about 50 people at the ceremony prior to an open house. “The capsule contains some of our own medical marvels — a CD with x-rays electronically encoded on to it, a computer flash drive containing a patient’s complete electronic medical record. We’ve also included tablets of three of the drugs most commonly prescribed by IVCH physicians—one to lower cholesterol, one to lower blood pressure, one for diabetes. We can only guess if these conditions will still be medical problems in 2114.”
A list of time capsule contents is included below. One of the contents has little at all to do with medicine — four printed IVCH Facebook pages. “Which leads to the question: will Facebook still be around in 2114 and, if it is, how many “likes” will IVCH have by then?” Paul said.
“And that leads to this question, what will be standing on this site in 2114? We don’t know but my own belief is that burying a hospital time capsule on these grounds is an act of optimism, an act of faith that there will be healthcare professionals here in 2114 to unearth it and get a glimpse of what the world of medicine was like at a 58-bed community hospital in north central Illinois in 2014.”
IVCH Centennial Time Capsule Contents
1 computer flash drive from the Health Information Management Department with a 64-page patient file
1 needle used by IVCH Laboratory phlebotomists to draw blood and a tube in which to put it plus a photo and description of the lab’s new molecular analyzer
1 CD from the Diagnostic Imaging Department with x-ray images, including a chest x-ray and a mammogram
1 patient identification wristband from the Patient Access Department
A newborn-sized IVCH T-shirt, cap, and booties from the IVCH Obstetrics Unit.
Tablets of three of the most commonly-prescribed drugs from the IVCH Pharmacy: generic Lipitor for lowering cholesterol levels; metformin, a commonly-prescribed diabetes drug; and generic Norvasc, a drug used to lower blood pressure
A 12-lead EKG report with electrodes
A microfiber cleaning wipe from the IVCH Environmental Services Department
Four printed IVCH Facebook pages
A packet of 4x6 candid photos of IVCH employees at work
An 11x14 photo taken April 3, 2014, of approximately 200 IVCH employees gathered beneath the skybridge that connects theIVCH West Street office building with the hospital.
Four issues of Health Scene, the IVCH quarterly community magazine.
Five issues of Everybody’s Business, the IVCH employee newsletter
The Saturday, March 29, edition of the NewsTribune (including advertising inserts) in its plastic delivery wrapper and the special NewsTribune IVCH Centennial magazine that was inserted into the May 1 edition of the paper.
IVCH history in a timeline format with a chart showing the growth of the IVCH building through the years.
IVCH promotional items, including a band aid holder, cold pack, and a rubber stress relief miniature doctor’s bag.
1 copy of Dr. Brandon Musgrave’s book, Hour 30. Dr. Musgrave is IVCH’s new ear, nose and throat specialist.
1 packet of patient information from the Women’s Health Care Center at IVCH
1 promotional plastic pouch from Family Phamracy
1 food thermometer from the Food Services Department
12 pages of policies and meeting minutes from the Infection Control Department detailing current medical practices pertaining to infection control
A photo of the IVCH inpatient physical therapy team along with written descriptions of the exercises joint replacement patients are asked to do.
The 2014 schedule of the IVCH diabetes self-management classes.
A list of IVCH employees working on the 3 South nursing unit
The oldest items in the time capsule are four Peru Hospital Association membership forms with 1912 dates.