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1960s and 1970s


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Slideshow of images from the 1960s and 1970s

The 60s began with Camelot in the White House and ended with social unrest. But the decade was one of calm for Children’s. The number of employees increased, the average length of stay decreased and the walls seemed to be bursting once again.

To meet the ever-growing demands for space, a new construction project, DeSoto Street South, was begun early in the 1970s. The hospital year book from 1972 recalls “lowering the length of patient stay in the hospital coupled with the demand for additional space to accommodate the more intensive nature of today’s treatment with its specialized equipment has reduced the required bed space to 235.”

It was during this era that the growing outpatient department was renamed the Ambulatory Care Center. And a new face arrived on the scene. Mean, green Mr. Yuk was introduced by the Pittsburgh Poison Center at Children’s Hospital as the poison warning symbol. Yuk has gone on to become an internationally recognized face.

Taken from the Spring 1990 issue of Children's Hospital's COLORS magazine

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November 6, 2012