The history of Skiff (Part I)
The history of medical care in the Newton area begins long before that of our hospital. The first medical practice in Jasper County was established in 1847 when Dr. Henry Rodgers relocated to our city from his home in Pendleton, Ind. Additional physicians came to the Jasper County area during the ensuing decade and the first county medical society was formed in 1858, with five founding members. These early physicians were truly extraordinary, practicing much of the time as “saddle-bag” doctors, braving the elements to reach the home of the sick and injured. Though medicine in those days was much more art than science, they carried out with their best efforts what they believed to be best for their patients.
The late 1800s saw the institution of laws in the state of Iowa regarding the practice of medicine, an area in which Iowa was a national leader. The cause of improving medical practice was enhanced in the early 1900s when the American Medical Association created their Council on Medical Education and commissioned the Flexner Report, a study of American medical colleges. In 1910, this study was published and led to extensive changes in medical college admission standards and the implementation of science-based curriculum focused on physiology and biochemistry. It also led to the institution of hospital-based training for physicians and the strengthening of medical licensure standards across the states. These changes resulted in significant improvements in the quality of those practicing medicine, as well as advancements in the outcomes experienced by their patients.
During this period of intense change in the medical profession nationally, the profession in Jasper County was changing as well. Between 1850 and 1910, the population of the county increased from less than 1,500 to more than 27,000. As the county grew, so did the number of physicians, with 25 practicing here by 1912. The growth of the county, the number of physicians and the increasing use of hospitals by physicians to treat the sick led to a desperate need in the Jasper County area for a modern hospital.
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