Self combines the history of the first fifty years of the Lutheran
Hospitals and Homes Society (LHHS) with events that took place in
rural health and nursing home care from 1938 through 1987. The Society
is unique in healthcare because it pioneered the system s approach
for the industry and became one of the giants in the business.
LHHS is an offshoot
of the Lutheran Evangelical Good Samaritan Society which was founded
in 1922 in a small North Dakota farming community. Many of the basic
concepts came from the Bethel movement in Germany. The changing
structure of the sparsely-populated, natural resource-based economies
of farming, ranching, energy, and forestry of the rural west made
it difficult for the small communities to support proper health
and geriatric care facilities.
The old time
doctors hospitals or the small community- or county-owned hospitals,
could no longer meet the demands of a shrinking but increasingly
sophisticated populace. This provided a setting for these not-for-profit,
privately-operated systems which were alert to the opportunity and
pioneered a new approach for the healthcare industry.
978-0-913163-51-1, 480 pages, 2016, 6" x 9", Paperback