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The merit system required that employees be selected on the basis of their skill, rather than their work for a political party. William J. Cremer, a Jefferson City native, was the first state hospital superintendent hired under the merit system. He treated other hospital workers as professionals and began the innovative practice of employee training. While perhaps not all political hacks, some previous employees offered inadequate care to their patients. As one nurse said, "Well, they didn't know how to take a temperature reading…blood pressure…how to turn a patient…We had some real good people, and we had some that weren't worth a darn." The merit system expected to change that.
Nursing supervisors, State Hospital No. 1.
Fulton State Hospital