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The Joumey - W W Hall, Jr 2
FNS Celebrates 80 Years of Service - Schedule of Events 4 i
Wendover News - Barb Gibson 5
The Rose of Wendover - Dr Rogers Beasley 7
Courier Program News - Michael Claussen 8
Mary Breckinridge Healthcare News - Mallie Noble 1 1
Frontier Nursing Clinics update - Dr Julie May’ell 14
Websites 16
F SMFN News - Dr Susan Stone 17
Aroimd the Comer - Mollv Lee 19
In Memory of Dr. Eva Fedelia Gilbert 22
In Memoriam 24
Urgent Needs 32
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Frontier Nursing Service
Bom in 1881 into a prominent American family, Mary Breckinridge
spent her early years in many parts of the world - Russia, France,
¥ Switzerland and the British Isles. After the death of her two chil-
dren, she abandoned the homebound life expected of women of
her class to devote herself to the service of others, particularly
Mrs. Breckinridge established the Frontier Nursing Service (FN S)
in Leslie County, Kentucky in 1925, then one of the poorest and
most inaccessible areas in the United States. Mrs. Breckinridge
introduced the first nurse-midwives in this country. Riding their
horses up mountains and across streams in blizzard, fog or flood,
the FNS nurses brought modem healthcare to families throughout
an area of 700 square miles.
Until her death in 1965, Mary Breckinridge was the driving force
behind the work ofthe Service whose influence today extends far
beyond eastem Kentucky. Through the Frontier School of Mid-
wifery and Family Nursing, hundreds of nurses have been trained
and this important concept of family healthcare has been carried
throughout the world.
Today, FNS, Inc., is organized as a parent holding company for
Mary Breckinridge Healthcare, Inc., Frontier Nursing Healthcare,
Inc., which includes four rural healthcare clinics (Community
Health Center, Beech Fork Clinic, Kate Ireland Healthcare Cen-
ter and Dr. Anne Wasson Healthcare Center), Mary Breckinridge
. Home Health Agency and for the Frontier School of Midwifery
and Family Nursing - the largest midwifery program in the United
I States. The Frontier School of Midwifery & Family Nursing also
j trains family nurse practitioners.
  Remarkably, the purpose and philosophy ofthe FNS has remained
  constant since 1925

The Journey I
by WW Hall, Jn, President & CEO  
I am so pleased with the support we are re- I
ceiving from our friends across the country. [_   .   ·
We began this new year with momentum at  W    
both our Hospital experiencinga significant   .
financial turnaround and our School which   'p,_    I
has achieved full accreditation.    
Our focus on the rural healthcare centers began late last year i
through renovations with welcome input from the nurse practitio— '
ners who manage the centers along with the local community we  
serve. We also appreciate Kitty Emst’ continued interest in the
Old Beech Fork Nursing Center. We will achieve many benefits i
from the objectives we have established at each center as a result l
of this collaboration. {
On the heels of these successes, we initiated ambitious goals to  
concentrate on quality health care for mothers and children while U
continuing to focus on national awareness for our school and its V
Our Board continues to expand with the addition of Marion
McCartney, CNM, Silver Springs, Maryland, whose experience
and wisdom has already made a difference. The focus and com-
mitment of our Board is directly impacting the goals we have es- ‘
tablished for the coming year and the celebration of our 80th anni-
A special thanks to Kate Ireland, Patsy Lawrence and Caroline  
Standley for their help in revitalizing the Boston Committee and a {
nice boost to the Mardi Perry Scholarship Fund. It may have been a';
cold in New England mid-November last year but their hearts A
warmed a wonderful luncheon (See photographs ofthe luncheon I
on next page).

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FNS Celebrates 80 Years of Service  
Celebration/Fundraising Events Scheduled  
April 2l, 2005 — reception/fundraiser at The Lexington Country F
Club with limited seating at Keeneland (horse races). Kate Ire-  
land will be our guest speaker this event. *
June 13, 2005 — in conjuction with the ACNM (American College l
of Nurse Midwives) annual conference, a reception will be held l
at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC honoring t
FNS with special recognition ofthe Frontier School of Midwifery
& Family Nursing’s accreditation as a MSN degree granting insti- l
tution. Miss Jane Leigh Powell, Chairman ofthe Board of Gover-
nors will be the featured speaker at this event.
September 15, 2005 - Ralph Stanley performance - The Nixon
Center in Hyden.
October, 2005 - annual Mary Breckinridge Festival/Parade with a
community picnic held at the Hospital. Also, in conjunction with
the October Board meeting and FSMFN graduation the Hallelu-
jah Singers from Beaufort, South Carolina will be performing on ·
Friday night the 14th at the Community Center in Hyden. Miss
Jane Leigh Powell, Chairman ofthe Board of Govemors will speak ‘
at this event.
More infomation to come in future issues of the Quarterly Bul-
letin or you may contact Barb Gibson, 606-672-23 17/
barbgibson2000@yahoo.com or Michael Claussen, 606-672-23 17/ ,

j Wendover News
Q by Barb Gibson, Assistant to CEO
. Guests
pa During the months of December, January and February, Wendover
5 accommodated 325 visitors. This number includes ovemight guests,
i luncheons, dinners, tours, and functions at The Livery.
I Maintenance Projects
I During January and February, the hardwood floors in the Courier
£ dorm (Garden House) were restored.This involved hours of sand-
ing and re-finishing; the downstairs walls in The Big House were
I re—painted and the carpet was replaced in the Big House porch
adjacent to the Living Room; copper guttering on The Big House
was repaired with new board and hangers; a leak was repaired in
the Garden House second floor chimney; the roof was replaced
on the Well House adjacent to the Post Office; leaks in pipes
connected to the gas boiler in the Garden House were replaced
and the Big House kitchen sink cabinet was replaced.
Tom Boggs, Surveyor, who formerly marked Wendover trails was
contracted to perform additional work on the existing trails.
. Wendover now has a trail with an entrance from the cemetary
(below the Post Office) and one above The Big House. The trail
i goes up the mountain to a rock overhang where a small pond, fire
pit and picnic table have been built. The trail continues around the
mountain to the spring that formerly provided water to the cis-
tems for Wendover’s water supply. A picnic area has been built
there also. The trail then connects with the Hurricane Pasture
, Trail built this past summer. Another picnic area has been built
there. Guests staying at The Big House Bed & Breakfast Inn
who have an interest in hiking will love this opportunity to hike
=~~ about a mile and a quarter.

Christmas Parties  
Again this year, Santa and his workers brought Christmas to all of  
the clinics and Wendover. A total of 355 toys were distributed to l
the children with hot chocolate, punch and homemade cookies.  
The Anne Wasson Center had the highest turnout with 123 toys l
given. i
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Hannah and Frankie Claussen 0pen gMs at the Christmas i
party held at The Livery. ’
Due to the wonderful work that is being done by out of state  I
church groups and local organizations, we feel that all children
who attend school are now receiving gifts. We believe our Christ- l
mas contribution will be more beneficial if we focus on the entire
family. Starting this next Christmas, we will target families in the »,
communities who have needs - clothing, food, gifts, etc., and Santa  Q
and his workers will take Christmas into the homes of those in .
need. We have learned that some families and children, especially
children who do not attend school, may not be receiving gifts at I
Christmas. We want to make sure each one has something.

FNS - 80 Years of Service
I Mary Breckinridge - The Rose of Wendover
The following was was a toast given by Dr Rogers Beasley to
,` Mrs. Breckinridge on her 80th birthday, February 1 7, 1961:
l Mrs. Breckinridge, here we are, your very own family, your county
l family, your Frontier Nursing Service family, greeting you on your
l 80th birthday which has really come at long last. We are mighty
l pleased indeed to celebrate with you today as I am sure many are
l celebrating for you in other parts of the world. And, I take the
  pleasure of proposing to you a triple toast.
First, a toast to you as our teacher. By your brilliant introduction of
the nurse—midwife into the Kentucky mountains you have pointed
the way for rural maternal care all over the world, and, indeed
people from the world come to learn. You have taught each of us
l a very practical method of practicing nursing, medicine, midwifery,
l stenography, bookkeeping, whatever our case may be. You have
taught us something of how to be a good neighbor. You have even
been willing to teach us how to raise chickens although I don’t
think you’ve had many takers on that.
Secondly, a toast to you as our Friend, Mrs. Breckinridge. You,
. who have been the most euthusiastic, the most loyal, the most
generous of friends, the best humored of friends. Yes, we accuse
you of being our Friend.
And finally, we toast you as the Rose of Wendover. For years you
V have recorded in your Day Book the blooming of the first Rose.
t But for us, you are the Rose of Wendover who has bloomed with-
I out fail for 80 years. A toast to our Teacher, to our Friend, to the
ll' Rose of Wendover.
Note: Mrs. Breckinridgeis rose is located near the old Cabin
site at Wendover and is still maintained and blooms each year

Courier Program News J
by Michael Claussen, Q
Assistant Courier Program Coordinator I
Thoughts about the Courier Program f
I often wondered about what makes up a truly memorable expe- l
rience. What are the components in this search for a dynamic
encounter? I imagine there must be a fair amount of variety. The
expression "variety is the spice of life" comes to mind in this pur-
suit. A deep sense of purpose must also be included, and, ofcourse,
such an experience must at least possess the potential to be life
changing. I believe the Courier Program ofthe Frontier Nursing
Service may be the opportunity that fulfills all ofthe above crite-
The Frontier Nursing Service maintains four rural healthcare clin-
ics, the Mary Breckinridge Hospital, a Home Health Agency, the g
Frontier School of Midwifery & Family Nursing and the Bed &
Breakfast Inn at Wendover. Our Couriers have the opportunity to
observe everyday operations and to volunteer their time with many
projects that are essential to the success of our organization. Our
Couriers have worked on many projects within the community
such as helping construct a home for Habitat for Humanity, pro-
viding pet therapy at our local nursing home, or passing out food
for the Leslie County Food Pantry. These are just a few of the
countless ways to make the most ofone’s time in this internship.
The Courier Program offers the chance to continue the legacy of
our founder, Mary Breckinridge. Mrs. Breckinridge started the
Courier Program in 1928 to assist the nurse-midwives in their ev- ,
eryday operations. Whether it was taking care ofthe horses, car- A
ing for the Wendover gardens, or assisting the nurse-midwives
with home births, the Courier’s role was an essential one. As times `l‘
have changed, the Courier’s function has remained vital to FNS.
Our Program is very service oriented. Sometimes tasks such as
filing in our Development Office or helping our kitchen staffwith

y special dimers held in our 1925 log home, The Big House, may
I first appear to be minor. However, I can assure you that every
0 activity performed by our Couriers is not only very appreciated
but also a significant pant ofthe overall big picture.
  The Courier experience can be a life changing one. Have you
} ever heard of Southem Hospitality? Before I moved to Kentucky
from a very urban setting (Chicago), I always thought that this
notion was just a cliche, but, I soon discovered that the residents
of Eastern Kentucky are extremely friendly, the food is outstand-
ing and that the simple life is very inviting. Life is indeed what you
make out of it. If you are searching a new challenge, a refreshing
change from the hustle and bustle of city/surburban life, or just the
opportunity to explore a behind-the-scenes look at some of today’s
hottest careers, I encourage you to apply for the Courier Program
Courier Program Update
Couriers Katya Prupis and Margot Seamster left Wendover after
a nice winter stay.
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Katya enjoyed spending time shadowing our Pediatrician, Dr. Tan, T
making herself useful at our four rural health clinics, volunteering it
at the Leslie County Animal Shelter and helping as a teacher’s i
aide at Big Creek Elementary. Katya retums to Bennington Col- L
lege in Vermont. Mrs.. Breckinridge wrote in VWde Neighbor- ?
hoods ofthe tradition of Bennington students helping as Couriers  
during the winter months. This is the third year in a row that we i
have had Couriers from Bennington College. I
Margot Seamster spent much of her time scanning at our rural
healthcare clinics. All of our clinics have "paperless" patient charts
so all the patient infomation is scanned in to a computer. This is
an endless task but it is very much appreciated.
We have already scheduled two, out of a total of four, Couriers I
planning to spend the summer at the historical headquarters. Look I
for more information about these Couriers in the next Bulletin. l
My goal is to have Couriers staying in increments of l2 weeks on l
a year round basis.  
Former Courier News l
Kate Fox (‘02) wrote that she is working in a gallery in New {
York as part of her internship at Bennington College in Vermont.  
_ Luke McDonald (‘00) recently spent three months in Africa serv-  
ing at clinics in Uganda and Ghana with a trip to Lake Victoria X
and a trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro thrown in for good measure. Luke .
will graduate from Tulane School of Medicine in May and will l
start his residency in orthopedic surgery at Balboa Naval Hospital i"
in San Diego after graduation. {
Jennyer Swisher(’97) wrote that is getting married to Richard an
Lynes on March l2, 2005. i

  Mary Breckinridge Healthcare, Inc. News
2 by Mollie Noble, Administrator
I Celebrating 80 Years of Service
r Eighty years of service celebration plans are V · it.._l_,
i underway. Plans include celebrating thirty VZl;AV_    
J years at the Mary Breckinridge Hospital. I        
i remember the day we moved from the old       ti“' I   g
Hyden Hospital to the new. It was a hectic      
day indeed. We had been accustomed to  
having no elevators and in one day’s time  
that was all changed.
February 23"’, 2005 was the start date for endoscopic procedures
at Mary Breckinridge Hospital. Dana Edwards, M.D. is a Board
Certified General Surgeon who has been in private practice at
Manchester, Kentucky for over six years. Dr. Edwards completed
medical school in Mobile, Alabama and surgery residency at East
{ Tennessee State. Dr. Edward’s wife, Angie, is a registered nurse.
She obtained her nursing degree from Walters State College in
Morristown, Tennessee and at Lincoln Memorial University in
Harrogate, Tennessee. The Edwards have been married for twelve
years and have five children including triplets. We welcome Dr.
Edwards and his wife to the Mary Breckinridge Hospital.
I The Office of Inspector General, Division of Health Care Facili-
ties and Services, visited Mary Breckinridge Hospital on Novem-
  ber 9"‘ and lO‘*‘, 2004. I am happy to report that the annual inspec-
V tion was passed and the critical access hospital license was re-
. newed.
I-I Mr. Glenn Martin, Life Safety Code Inspector, Office of Inspec-
tor General Office, visited at Mary Breckinridge Hospital on De-
` cember 2 l", 2004. Mr. Martin conducted an overall plant inspec-
_ tion which was positive. A

Public Relations
Staff at Mary Breckinridge Hospital joined in Hyden’s "Annual ~
Christmas Parade of Lights" and received a "Spirit ofthe Season
Award" along with a third place trophy. Participation in this event
and similar events is important for staffand community relations.  
Staff also enjoyed the Annual County Wide Community Christ-  
mas Singing Program held at the Community Center in early De-  
Staff helped with the Commission for Handicapped Children by  
purchasing Christmas Gifts for Handicapped Children.  
Staff at Mary Breckinridge Hospital continue to attend the Hyden- .
Leslie County Chamber of Commerce monthly meetings and I
Proj ect UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Investigation, Treatment and {
Education) meetings.  
We have attended Mary Breckinridge Festival meetings in Janu- E
ary. This annual event entails a year of detailed planning by the
Festival Committee Members. Many thanks to our Chairman of  
this event, Mrs. Rhonda Brashear, for keeping us focused on this .
special event.  
I wish to personally thank the Wendover Staff for the Christmas  
party for the children at Mary Breckinridge Hospital. Approxi— l
mately one hundred children attended and needless to say, a good  
time was had by all.  
Nursing Survey l
Nursing Staff at Mary Breckinridge Hospital took part in the Ken-  
tucky Hospital Association’s Nursing Satisfaction Survey. Ninety- ‘
two facilites participated in the survey ranking from one out of  
ninety-two. I am proud to report that the nursing staff survey from Q  
Mary Breckinridge Hospital ranked their overall satisfaction sur- {
vey to be number nine out of ninety-two. It is remarkable to be
ranked number nine in this statewide survey.  

i Mandatory inservices have been conducted with all employees at
_ Mary Breckinridge Hospital regarding issues with Health Insur-
ance Portability Accountability Act (I-HPPA), Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA), Compliance, Risk Manage-
. ment, Fire and Safety and Confidentiality. Confidentiality meet-
  ings will be done quarterly and mandatory for all staff.
  Pediatric Advanced Life Support Training will be conducted in
  February and March for new nursing staff. Inservices continue in
F pediatric obesity, influenza and urinary tract infection.
  Renovations _
The Maintenance Department at Mary Breckinridge Hospital has
  completed the remodeling of rooms 228 and 229. Room 228 was
l originally dedicated to the memory of R.L. and Bess Lewis Dixon
f and room 229 was originally dedicated to the memory of Zilpha
  Roberts. The renovations include new blinds and drapes, paint,
  privacy curtains, flooring, base boards and trim. We hope to be
V able to fund the renovation of additional patient rooms in the near
; future.
  Employee of the Year
  Michelle Roberts, Patient Representative/Financial Counselor, was
l nominated as Employee ofthe Year by her fellow worker. Michelle
i has worked at Mary Breckinridge Hospital for almost nine years.
l She formerly worked in the Admitting Department and as an Emer-
  gency Room Ward Clerk. Michelle was nominated as Employee
  of the Year because she "takes the time to assist patients and her
  fellow employees". Michelle said working at the Hospital is "won-
  derful". She said that staff has been there for her during difficult
ll times. She thanks everyone for voting for her as Employee ofthe
i Year and she looks forward to continuing lg work and putting
  forth every effort she can to benefit the Hospital and her co-
i workers.
i Michelle is a resident of Leslie County. She has one daughter,
; Brooklyn Renee Phipps.

Frontier Nursing Clinics Update 1
by Dr Julie Marfell, Executive Director '·¤
Christmas Activities Update N
December 2004 saw many exciting events _    
at the Beech Fork Rural Healthcare Center,   _    
especially during the Christmas season. The ’        
Christmas tree was decorated with hats,      
mittens and other goodies. Children were    
encouraged to choose a set and trade it with  t     -rVr`El'    \‘ti  
a traditional decoration with their names on  
it. The tree was a big hit with the kids and
The Beech Fork Center provided all the makings for Christmas _
dinner, snacks and a fleece blanket for the elderly patients from I
the Center. The Center staff delivered the items and many pa- {
tients recalled visits from the FNS nurse of their childhood. Santa re
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Claus brought toys and refreshments to over 50 children, compli-
lh ments of Wendover. In addition, a group from Pennsylvania pro-
vided toys for many of the area children including those in Big
Creek. Each of the rural healthcare centers received a visit from
i, Santa, thanks to the staff at Wendover. A party was held at each
  center with area children and Santa as the guests of honor.
  Renovations Update
  Lots of renovations have been completed at the outpost centers.
l Beech Fork and CHC (Community Healthcare Center) have been
Q the focus this fall and both are looking great. Many of the area
l residents have commented on the work that has been done at
g both centers.
  Electronic Medical Records
  All of the healthcare centers are now using the electronic medical
l records. Some days it can still be a struggle but the positives of
S the system outweigh the negatives. Once again, Frontier Nursing
Service is leading the way in healthcare delivery.
  Advanced Practice Nursing
l The FNPs have begun to collaborate with our medical director in
* covering patient care rounds at Mary Breckinridge Hospital and
  at Manchester Memorial Hospital. Advanced practice nurses have
  always been credentialed by our Hospital to provide in·house pa-
  tient care, including admissions. Our goal is to provide consistent
l presence from the clinic visit to the hospital when needed. This is
l an increase in our scope of practice at FNS, one that we are very
l excited about. Our plan is to develop a module for the students
l, that will educate FNPs on the role of advanced practice nurses in
l the rural hospital setting.
it Lynn Wilkening, CMIL Resigns
E The nurse-midwifery service said a fond farewell to Lynn
. Wilkening, CNM, in mid-December when she left Frontier Nurs-
le ing Healthcare (FNI-I) to move back home to Tennessee. She has

a new puppy and tells us she is doing great. She will be missed!
Karen Beasley, CNM, former FNS employee, came from Or- ·
egon to work part time and renewed some acquaintances from
when she worked here in 1989.
Elissa Miller; CNM Appointed Director of Midwifery Services
Our biggest news is that Deborah Karsnitz, CNM, has resigned
as Director of Midwifery Services after seven years of dedicated
service. Debi will remain involved in the practice, helping out when
vacation coverage is needed, continuing her teaching at the Fron-
tier School of Midwifery & Family Nursing and her mentorship in
the Faculty Practice. Debi’s shoes will be hard to fill but we are
so fortunate that F SMFN faculty member, Elissa Miller, CNM,
PhD, will be stepping into the directorship role in mid—February.
Elissa has been teaching pharmacology for the FSMFN for the
past three years. She has moved to Hyden from Arkansas with
her husband. She started working in the healthcare centers the
week of February 14th. We are very excited that she has decided
tojoin us in our nurse-midwifery service.
Frontier Nursing Service - www. frontiemursingorg
F SMFN Community Based Nurse Midwifery Education Program
(CNEP) - www.midwives.org
FSMFN Community Based Nurse Practitioner Program (CFNP) `
- www.frontierfnp.org

Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing News
. by Dr: Susan Stone, President & Dean
* The long awaited day is finally here. We re- o
ceived notification at the annual meeting of
the Southem Association of Colleges on
December 7, 2004 that the Frontier School _ _‘  j   
of Midwifery and Family Nursing is now y g . _ 
accredited to offer a Master of Science in   A .
Nursing (MSN) degree. We are thrilled to F .  
be able to take this step into the future and provide our students
with the opportimity to complete not only their education as a nurse-
midwife or family nurse practitioner but also to graduate with a
MSN. We are also able to offer the opportunity for prior CNEP
graduates who did not complete their MSN to retum to F SMFN
and complete that degree. More information can be obtained by
visiting our web site at www.midwives.org.
The American College of Nurse-Midwives Division of Accredita-
tion (ACNM/DOA) and the National League of Nursing Accred-
iting Commission (NLNAC) did a joint site visit at FSMFN on
October 3-6, 2004. We have received word of the results of that
visit from the ACNM/DOA: "The decision of the Board of Re-
view is to grant institutional accreditation without recommenda-
tions for five years and programmatic accreditation without rec-
ommendations for the nurse-midwifery program for ten years".
We are still awaiting the result ofthe NLNAC review. They were
scheduled to meet in late February and we will receive the report
. soon after.
Expansion of Learning Lab
` The Mars and Van Sloun Foundations
In other news at the School, we are so grateful to the MARS
Foundation and to the Van Sloun Foundation for their recent gen-
erous donations. These contributions have allowed us to greatly
improve the learning laboratory. We recently purchased a full size

simulator fondly named Noelle. Noelle actually allows you to de-
liver her baby as well as listen to the baby’s heart beat, do Leopold ·
maneuvers, resuscitate her baby and more. In addition, we re-
ceived two gynecologic simulators, a prostate model and several
poster size diagrams. All of these items will greatly improve faculty’s
ability to teach and students’ ability to leam during their on-cam-
pus sessions. We are still hoping to be able, some day, to purchase
a SIM Man. The SIM Man simulator offers instructors the ability
to provide simulation education to challenge and test students’ clini-
cal and decision-making skills using realistic patient—care scenarios.
SIM Man allows students to evaluate heart, lungs, blood pressure, .
and complete resuscitation skills. This would be useful not only
for FSMFN students but also for FNS nurses, nurse-midwives,
nurse practitioners and physicians to teach, leam and practice these o
essential skills. i
· 80th Celebration Event in Washington, DC i
We are very busy planning our celebration ofthe 80"‘ anniversary i
ofthe Frontier Nursing Service. An evening program and recep-
tion is being planned for June 13, 2005 to be held in Washington, ‘
DC at the Mayflower Hotel. Although the School usually has a
reception at the ACNM convention, that reception will be replaced Y
this year by this very special event. I hope to see many of our p
friends, supporters, students, alumni and faculty, including precep-
tors. .

"Ar0und the Corner"
. by Molly Lee
One never knows beforehand about this! Arriving back from driv-
ing the length of England, youth hosteling with a 90 year old young
friend to Hadrian’s Wall during September 2004, a phone call
awaited me with an invitation to the Mary Breckinridge celebra-
l tions in October. Every year, the Committee chooses another group
I to honor. This time it was to be the British Midwives. There have
been some great long-term ones in the past: Betty Lester (The
p General), lovingly remembered for carrying the crippled children
on a tortuous six hour drive to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for
l free treatment. Previously she had travelled on horseback be-
j tween the six nursing centers as midwifery supervisor. In the l950’s
i she was in charge of Hospital Hill; men, maids, nurses, guests and
I often stray dogs! Representing social services, she at one time
Q gave out seeds and seed potatoes since gardening was vital to the
‘ health of the county before govemment aid.
f Earlier, there was Anne MacKinnon "Mac" from the Isle of Skye,
  Scotland, who gallantly battled cancer and is buried behind
3 Wendover. Then there was Helen Browne “Brownie” - Mrs.
Breckinridge’s right hand when I arrived in 1954 from Canadian
i Outpost Services. "Brownie" was an excellent nurse midwife and
  administrative assistant who, in her quiet exterior, hid a daring
  sense of humor with practical jokes. "Brownie" took over when
our Founder and Director died, a huge responsibility with the gov-
emment trying to close the old hospital and raising money to build
· the new one at the foot of the hill. A more modem, worthy Liz
. Palethorp, who died last year, was in charge of Hospital Hill coor-
( dinating the services and responsible for the operating room in
l which we all helped. Liz also took the x-rays until we had profes-
‘ sional help and was a great soldier. A "behind the scenes" Anne
  Cundle started a bookshop in Hyden and a much need Animal
  Shelter after being the Wendover District Nurse for several years.

In 1962, the Hyden Citizens Bank wished to honor Mrs.
Breckinridge whilst she was still alive and so the annual Festival zi
was started like everything else in a small way. The parade started
in Hyden at the Co