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Hospital advertising has come a long way since the early 20th century

Mary Phillips digs into the archives of The Oklahoman to find the origins of hospital advertising in the paper.
BY Mary Phillips Published: October 1, 2012

Camp was not through initiating innovations, however.

When he and his wife retired to California, they bought the already historic Brookdale Lodge, built in 1870 near Santa Cruz.

While searching the Internet trying to discover what Dr. Camp's initials stood for, I discovered he was responsible for creating a landmark in the lodge that still exists.

The lodge, now known as the Brookdale Inn & Spa with the slogan, A River Runs Through It, has been closed due to financial problems since January 2011.

Its restaurant, called the Brookroom, was built so the natural brook on the property would run through the 200-seat dining room, complete with trees and boulders amid the tables and chairs.

The Brookroom was Dr. Camp's creation, and for some 60 years after his death, the Brookroom was still a popular California destination, even featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not.

Camp's Oklahoma City legacy still stands, too.

Old Wesley Hospital became Presbyterian Hospital, now a part of the OU Medical Center. And the old hospital building on 12th and Harvey is now the Wesley Village Retirement Community.

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