VII. Health Services

Assembled from lists and records found in the FBI documents, the jobs and workers listed in the Health Services department are in this pdf file:

. Health Services Department Jobs and Personnel Listing

The Medical Department had responsibility for maintaining everyone’s health. Jonestown’s population of about a thousand people ranged from newborn infants to elderly seniors, with diverse needs to be met far away from regular medical hospital support. Under the responsibility of Marceline Jones and Phyllis Bloom (Chaikin), the department was staffed by Temple members who were trained and qualified in the health fields. The main parts of the medical unit were housed in four buildings clustered near the kitchen and Troolie huts.

MEDICAL DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW

Executive Chief Mother (Marceline Jones)
Medical Director Phyllis Bloom (Chaikin)
Admin. Departments Sandra Evans, Sylvia Grubbs, Mike Simon, DeeDee Macon – Personnel
Secretaries Penny Silver (Kerns), Sue Jerram (Noxon), Shirley Fields
Medical Records Heloise Hall, Steve Addison, Ruth Lowery
Receptionists Magnolia Harris, Lucille Payney
Doctor Dr. Larry Schacht
Practitioners Joyce Parks, Sharon Jones (Cobb), Judy Ijames
Student Practitioners Diane Louie
Supervisory Wanda King, Minnie Luna Buckley, Dale Parks, Liz Ruggerio, Annie Moore, Judy Ijames
Clinical Specialists Corlis Boutte (Conley), Leslie Wilson, Shanda James, Tommie Rochelle, Nedra Yates, Edith Bogue, Tommy Bogue, Mary Black (Love)
Treatment Nurses Linda Sadler, Julius Evans, Barbara Smith, Bessie Proby, Lynetta Jones, Jerome Simon, Marvin Janaro – Students
Health Care Workers Thelma Jackson, Pam Bradshaw, Agnes Jones
Treatment Table Christine Young (Cobb), Margaret James, Barbara Davis
X-Rays and Lab Al Tschetter, Marianita Langston, Sandy Jones (Cobb), John Harris, Kathy Jackson
Nurses Training Clevyee Sneed, Lois Ponts
Senior Center Clevyee Sneed, Gladys Smith, Florence Heath, Isabel Davis, Doris Lewis
Special Care Unit Joyce Lund (Rozynko), Esther Dillard, Edie Kutulas, Carrie Langston, Edith Parks
Pharmacy Don Fields, Barbara Farrell, Tommie Rochelle, Rochelle Halkman
Bond Rennie Kice – Supplies; Annie Moore – Meds
Adapted from: CD2 vol75 p137-138 and CD2 vol91 p172-175 (below)

Approx date: July-Aug 1978. Assembled by Don Beck 3-08

Chart of Medical Offices-two views (FBI made two scans, one more complete)
Organizational Chart with job descriptions

Seniors Assembled from lists and records found in the FBI documents, the seniors of Jonestown are listed in this pdf file here. There were listed under the Health Services Department but many were also listed as Code XII: Senior Critical Care Unit, which was to be have been created.

Seniors List

Typical Activities and Projects Athlete’s foot: With the warm humid climate and communal showers, many people had problems with athlete’s foot. A treatment “table” was set up at most Rallies for people to get treatment.

Breast Exam for Lumps: As it was difficult to gather and do regular check-ups, space in the Educational tent next to the Pavilion was set aside for people to be brought in from a Rally for specific check-ups such as a breast exam.

Teaching Nursing at Port Kaituma: Jonestown nurses and personnel taught classes to local people several times a month. Phyllis Bloom planned the curriculum for the classes.

Health Clinics: Open clinics were held on Sunday several times each month for local Guyanese and Amerindians to come in for health consultation.

Greeting Sunday Patient Guidelines (July 21, 1978)

Herb Garden & Kitchen: Several were growing herbs and plants, investigating the medicinal as well as nutritional advantages that could be gained.

Dental Consultation: Though there was no dentist in Jonestown, several hygienists kept track of tooth problems. A Georgetown dentist who was impressed with Peoples Temple came to Jonestown several times for consultations and dental work.

Medical / Specialist / Dental Services in Georgetown and Caracas: For health problems beyond the scope of care in Jonestown, people were taken out specially for health consultations and medical care. Most of the visits that people made to Georgetown were health related. When Georgetown was not sufficient, people were flown to Caracas, Venezuela.

– Don Beck

Last modified on October 20th, 2013.
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