1960s

The 1960s brought us a race to outer space with the first man and woman in space and Neil Armstrong's moon landing. Civil Rights took center stage with Freedom Riders, the March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, passage of the Civil Rights Act and the assassinations of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. President John F. Kennedy was elected and led the U.S. through the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis before his assassination in 1963. The U.S. began sending troops to Vietnam, draft protests started and the famous concert at Woodstock took place. In Portage, Wisconsin, Divine Savior Hospital began adding more services, such as physical therapy, to stay at the leading edge of medicine and built a new nursing home to meet the growing need for care for the aging population.

New Divine Savior Nursing Home Dedicated in Portage

The new $1,500,000 Divine Savior Nursing home at Armstrong and Pleasant sts., was dedicated last weekend. Bishop William P. O'Connor conducted the formal dedication in the chapel of the new home.

The home, run by the Sisters of the Divine Savior, has 45 semi-private and 10 private rooms and is open to both men and to women and to married couples.

 

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"Physical therapy is the science of healing the injured. Please don't confuse it with such methods as massage parlors or steam baths. Just recently, we had a 92-year-old grandma suffering from a broken hip. After a gradual program of muscle stretching, we got her on an exercise bicycle and she almost pedaled away!"

– Dean Gardner, Divine Savior's first physical therapist

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