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When Dr. Donald Peterson began his fourteen-year tenure as superintendent--or, as he said, C.E.O--in 1962, more than 2200 people called the hospital home. Conditions were dreary, staff struggled to maintain minimum care, and the hospital was in danger of losing federal accreditation. But because Dr. Peterson and his wife were involved in the local community, volunteer efforts for the patients grew to include music therapy, chapel meetings, birthday and other evening parties. Peterson preferred that patients not be idle during their stay, and was hopeful that each generation of new drugs would enable patients to become truly well.