|Politics | Staff | Community | Treatment | Facilities|
The morning after the 1940 general election, state employees learned that voters had replaced the Democratic governor with Republican Forrest Donnell. This meant a new staff at the hospital because under the patronage system, party loyalty was part of keeping a state job. It was no coincidence that in Fulton, where the chairman of the Eleemosynary Committee owned the Ford dealership, employees were expected to drive Fords. Constant staff turnovers, determined by the party in power, were eliminated with the 1945 Constitution. It required the implementation of a merit system in the eleemosynary institutions-to the distinct advantage of patients.