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High Point Regional Exhibit Opens at High Point Museum

6/8/2000

A Century of Care, The History of Health Care in High Point, spanning one hundred years, opens to the public on Friday, June 11 and will continue until January 9, 2005 at the High Point Museum.

Visitors can walk through a chronological history of High Point Regional Health System as well as stop at a number of displays on what is important to the community’s health. Those include the American Red Cross, the Guilford County Health Department, and the profession of nursing. Separate display areas feature the instruments of surgery, pharmacy, laboratory and radiology. A number of instruments are from the 19th century.

There is also a section on polio, which was a critical health issue in the entire country during the 1940’s, featuring an iron lung and photos from a Life Magazine article in 1948 about polio and the polio hospital built in the Triad.

A “then and now” section compares what used to be and what we now use in modern medicine. A celebrity wall offers photos of some of the famous people who have visited High Point Regional, including Richard Pryor when he made a movie at the previous hospital building.

The High Point Museum gift shop will feature several items related to the exhibit. A video telling the history of the hospital, featuring community members, and a history booklet will be for sale. The museum is open every day but Mondays, and there is no admission. To find out about special education programs relating to the exhibit, call 885-1859 or visit the web site at www.highpointmuseum.org

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