1953 Video: Henry Kaiser's Dream Hospital

By Jill

This 1953 newsreel extols the brand new Kaiser Hospital in Walnut Creek, California, where everything is “streamlined and expedited” in popular mid-century modern style.

 

Key shots:

“Nor is the expectant father forgotten. Here he can get the news officially and suffer (?) under the most comfortable circumstances possible.”

 

“And for mother? Well, she has only to call for her baby and baby comes sliding through the wall in a drawer-like bassinet for a little visit with the new mother.”

 

 

Possibly missing from the reel: Hospital visitors receive a ticket to ride Autopia.