Rochester Medical Museum and Archives

Rochester Medical Museum and Archives The Rochester Medical Museum and Archives collects, preserves and shares the history of Rochester Regional Health and its affiliates.
Our collections include The Baker-Cederberg Museum and Archives of the Rochester General Hospital, The Genesee Hospital, Myers Community Hospital, Behavioral Health (Rochester Mental Health Center) Collection plus several tenant collections including: The New York State and Genesee Dietetic Associations and the Society for Total Emergency Programs (STEP) in one location. This consortium of Archives represent the vast array of Rochester’s Healthcare -- some nineteen collections in all.
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06/19/2020

Fifty Years Ago at St. Mary’s
Sister Clarisse

Sister Clarisse will pronounce her First Holy Vows on July 2, Feast of the Visitation during the 8 o’clock Mass in the Hospital Chapel. In the recent past, the Daughters of Charity went to the Provincial House to pronounce their First Vows but this year, they are remaining on their Mission. This will enable our Hospital personnel, the Sisters, and Sister Clarisse’s parents the happiness of sharing with her the joyous occasion of pronouncing her First Holy Vows in the simplicity which has been traditional since the time of St. Vincent. The four vows made by the Daughters of Charity are – To Serve the Poor, To Live in Chastity, Poverty, and Obedience. These vows are made for the first time, five years after entrance into the Community, and renewed each year on the Feast of the Annunciation. (From Rochester St. Mary’s Hospital Intercom, June 19, 1970)

Forty-five Years Ago at Park AvenueNew Department DirectorsTwo new department directors have recently been appointed at ...
06/17/2020

Forty-five Years Ago at Park Avenue
New Department Directors

Two new department directors have recently been appointed at the hospital and nursing home. Each of them will be responsible for the activities of a newly created department.

Effective June 16, Mrs. Jean Mitchell was appointed to the position of Director of Surgical Services for Park Avenue/Park Ridge Hospital.

Among Mrs. Mitchell’s responsibilities will be the administrative and patient care aspects of the operating room, recovery room, and other surgical areas in the hospital.

Mr. Joel Rotunno assumed the position of Chief of Security for Park Ridge Hospital and Park Ridge Nursing Home on Monday, June 23rd.

Mr. Rotunno will be responsible for all internal and external security at the new Park Ridge complex.

Security requirements, until now, have been handled by outside guard services at both the hospital and nursing home. As the opening of the new hospital approaches, these services will be handled by security personnel on the hospital and nursing home staff under Mr. Rotunno’s direction. (from Park Bench, June/July 1975)

Fifty Years Ago at RGHRoses and a “Buss” from the BossIt was a routine morning for Mildred Talluto, Medical Technologist...
06/15/2020

Fifty Years Ago at RGH
Roses and a “Buss” from the Boss

It was a routine morning for Mildred Talluto, Medical Technologist in the Emergency Department Laboratory. She’d forgotten that to a day 30 years earlier she’d first started working at the Westside Division of RGH on Main Street.

Routine went out the window, though, as Dr. Christopher Parnall, RGH Director, Angelo Dini, Director of Personnel, and Dr. Milton Bohrod, her boss and Chief of Pathology and Clinical Laboratories, walked in and presented her with a dozen red roses to commemorate the day. Dr. Bohrod completed the ceremony as shown. (From RGH Tempo, June 1970)

06/12/2020

Fifty Years Ago at St. Mary’s
Promotion – Congratulations

Mrs. Emily Jameson, a graduate of Syracuse University and employed in our Laboratory, has been promoted to supervisor in Bacteriology.

Mrs. Jameson brings to her new position a wealth of knowledge and experience and we extend our sincere Best Wishes for her success in her new responsibilities. (From Rochester St. Mary’s Hospital Intercom, June 5, 1970)

Forty-five Years Ago at Park AvenueNewsmakersLinda Cutcliff, clinical coordinator of the emergency department and intens...
06/10/2020

Forty-five Years Ago at Park Avenue
Newsmakers

Linda Cutcliff, clinical coordinator of the emergency department and intensive care unit, has been elected to the board of directors for STEP, Society for Total Emergency Programs.

STEP is a regional organization of hospitals, physicians, ambulance services, police departments, and other organizations dealing with emergency health and public safety concerns. In addition to her election as a director, Miss Cutcliff was named secretary of the Board. (From Park Bench, June/July 1970)

Fifty Years Ago at RGHDr. Tomkiewicz Appointed Chief of Pathology, LabsRGH Board of Directors has announced the appointm...
06/08/2020

Fifty Years Ago at RGH
Dr. Tomkiewicz Appointed Chief of Pathology, Labs

RGH Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Dr. Zygmunt M. Tomkiewicz, as Chief of Pathology and Clinical Laboratories, effective August 1. He will replace Dr. Milton G. Bohrod, who is retiring this fall after 28 years of service at RGH>
Dr. Tomkiewicz received his MD from Cornell University College of Medicine, graduating with honors. He served an internship and one year of residency at RGH. Dr. Tomkiewicz completed his residence in pathology at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston. He joined the RGH Pathology staff in 1963.

Dr. Tomkiewicz, his wife, and two children live at 25 Windmill Road, Pittsford. (from RGH Tempo, June 1970)

06/05/2020

Fifty Years Ago at St. Mary’s
Congratulations – 1970 Graduates

St.Mary’s School of Nursing is graduating its 75th Class on June 14, 1970. Events of the day begin at 9:30AM with Baccalaureate Mass being celebrated by Bishop James E. Kearney in the Hospital Chapel. Following Mass, a Baccalaureate Breakfast will be held in the Student Union. Graduation exercises will be conducted at 3:00PM in the Xerox Square Auditorium. Presiding at the Graduation exercises will be Bishop Kearney, with the Commencement Address being delivered by Sister Victoria.

Class of 1970
Kathryn Barclay
Maxine Bauer
Christine Bemish
Mary Bohrer
Helen Clancy
Susan Cross
Elizabeth Curet
Kathleen Curtis
Sharon Gleason
Sandra Hermle
Karen Kingsley
Nancy Makowski
Elaine Melkioty
Mary Morris
Margaret O’Brien
Kathleen O’Connor
Donna Pellegrino
Sharon Raeman
Edith Santangelo
Margaret Searchfield
Mary Shields
Mary Smith
Nancy Weagley
Judith Webster
Martha Wilson
Constance Woodhouse
Catherine Yurack

(From Rochester St. Mary’s Hospital Intercom, June 5, 1970)

Forty-five Years ago at Park AvenueHospital Nears CompletionOn Friday, June 27, the hospital accepted beneficial occupan...
06/03/2020

Forty-five Years ago at Park Avenue
Hospital Nears Completion

On Friday, June 27, the hospital accepted beneficial occupancy of the third floor and basement levels of the new Park Ridge Hospital.

The third floor, with 88 patient rooms is pictured in the photo. With the carpet installed and construction dust cleaned up, the floor appears to lack only furniture to be ready for patients. Visitor elevators and a portion of the administrative control center (ACC) are visible in the photo.

Earlier in June the hospital accepted beneficial occupancy of the entire SPD Building and began moving in supplies and testing equipment. It is expected that the dietary department will begin using the kitchen facilities in the SPD Building within the coming week. Dietary plans to prepare food for the nursing home in the new kitchen area and deliver it to the nursing home through the automatic cart transport system (ACTS).

Presently, August 4th is the tentative date set for beneficial occupancy of the entire hospital building. The schedule for occupancy looks about like this:

July 7 – X-Ray department on the first floor
July 11 – Operating rooms, also on the first floor
July 15 – The entire second floor including patient wings, cafeteria, and concourse. Also the laboratory and administrative areas on the first floor.
July 21 – Emergency and outpatient departments on the first floor.
July 30 – Physical Therapy, Ophthalmology, Mental Health, and Nuclear Medicine – all on the first floor.
August 4 – The remainder of the building including the intensive care unit, recovery room, and main concourse.

All of these dates are, of course, tentative. Many of them will move a few days one way or another but others will be met exactly. In any event, they are the target dates toward which everyone is working. (from Park Bench, June/July 1975)

Fifty Years Ago at RGHProfile: Janet Courtney, RNAfter discovering that Indianapolis, the racing center of the world, is...
06/02/2020

Fifty Years Ago at RGH
Profile: Janet Courtney, RN

After discovering that Indianapolis, the racing center of the world, is Janet Courtney’s hometown, co-workers can account for her constant energy and enthusiasm both on the job and at home.

Mrs. Courtney received her RN at St. Louis University and started at RGH as a parttime instructor in the LPN school. She then moved on to Staff Development as an instructor and for the past three years has been Surgical Floor Supervisor. She has just been appointed Coordinator of the Staff Development Program.

That sounds strenuous enough, but then consider she also manages to direct the multiple (!) activities and solve the scores of crises which occur everyday in any family with youngsters. Jan, however, does it for – hold your breath – NINE young Courtneys, at home at Cobblestone Drive, Henrietta.

There are Carol, 21, an MCC nursing graduate, working this summer on E-6; Kevin, 20, a sophomore at FIngerlakes Community College, Canandaigua; Claire, 18, a St. Agnes High graduate heading for MCC and a weekend RGH Unit Clerk; Daniel, 15, Katie, 15, and Karen, 14, at Sperry High, Henrietta; Nancy, 12, Good Shepherd, Henrietta; and Mark, 10, and Bob, 6, at Winslow School.

Her favorite things:
Time of Day – Morning, because I feel best then.
Food – Steak!
Hobbies – Gardening, crossword puzzles, swimming, reading.
Flowers – Roses, always.
Author – Many, but John Steinbeck is high up on the list.
Season – Spring, in Rochester!
City – Indianapolis.
Color – Yellow, yellow, yellow.
Possession – My children.

(from RGH Tempo, June 1970)

06/02/2020
05/29/2020

Fifty Years Ago at St. Mary’s

Balconi Day
The Sixth Annual Balconi Memorial Eye Teaching Day was held Thursday, April 30, in the Bishop
Kearney Building, conducted by the Ophthalmology Department of St. Mary’s Hospital.

Dr. Wallace McMeel of the Retina Associates, Boston, Massachusetts, discussed “Current Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy”. An informal discussion was held concerning problem cases.

The meeting was attended by sixty Ophthalmologists from the upstate New York area. (from Rochester St. Mary’s Intercom, May 8, 1970)

Fifty Years Ago at TGH Volunteer of the YearMrs. Edward Douglas has resigned as Chairman of the Camelia Shop. “Jinx”, as...
05/27/2020

Fifty Years Ago at TGH

Volunteer of the Year
Mrs. Edward Douglas has resigned as Chairman of the Camelia Shop. “Jinx”, as she is known, started as manager and buyer for the Camelia Shop in 1956, and for the previous four years she was buyer for the Patient Cart. Her business acumen has built a small volunteer project into a $50,000 a year enterprise. She has donated 19,772 volunteer hours to The Genesee Hospital.

Volunteers with children on Pediatrics, left to right: Mrs. Eve Zugani, holding Michael Plante, Charles Joslin, Gay Siebert “Play Lady”, Perky Foland, Peter Litsinger. (From TGH Inter-Com, Summer 1970)

Fifty Years Ago at RGHTwo Very Special People HonoredNeither John Kurtz nor Helen Mange were named Employee of the Year,...
05/25/2020

Fifty Years Ago at RGH

Two Very Special People Honored
Neither John Kurtz nor Helen Mange were named Employee of the Year, but to those who know them, either would qualify for the honor. Both received recognition this month.

John, Engineering Services, has personally watched over each shrub, tree, and blade of grass on RGH grounds for the past 12 years. His friends, who are legion, surprised him this month with a birthday party in his honor.

Helen Mange, Information Desk, retired this month after several years of helping visitors and relatives, in often difficult times, never without her calm, pleasant manner. She always knew instinctively what to say, how to assist. Employees from all over the Hospital came to say goodbye at her farewell party. She was heading to California to visit two daughters, then planned to vacation in Florida with sister, Laura Morris, Unit Management. (From RGH Tempo, May 1970)

05/22/2020

Fifty Years Ago at St. Mary’s

Congratulations, Dr. Bonavilla
Dr. Edward J. Bonavilla was awarded the Rochester Eye Bank and Research Society Award on Tuesday, May 12, 1970 for his ophthalmological research project.

The announcement and presentation was made by Norman J. Ashenburg, MD, President, at the Rochester Academy of Medicine on East Avenue at their annual meeting. (From Rochester St. Mary’s Hospital Intercom, May 22, 1970)

Fifty Years Ago at TGHThe Genesee Hospital Child Care CenterThe Child Care Center is the child’s “home away from home”. ...
05/20/2020

Fifty Years Ago at TGH

The Genesee Hospital Child Care Center
The Child Care Center is the child’s “home away from home”. It was started to enable mothers in the nursing field to return to work.

In March 1967 at the Center’s opening, there were 25 families registered. As of June , 1970 there are 55 active families with a total of 66 children. We average 35 children a day. These children are under constant supervision.

We have a waiting list of about 25 mothers, both from the nursing field and other departments. The biggest need is for the age groups of 8weeks – 2 years. Unfortunately these groups are our largest and we are unable to accommodate any more due to lackof space, as wellas staff.

Our staff consists of a RN Supervisor, nursing school teacher as the assistant, 2 trained nurses aides, 6 girls who have children or has had some training with children.

For the summer months to help with our increased number of school children we have 4 girls who are in college taking courses that deal with children.

We wish to welcome our new staff members who are:
Mrs. Lizzie Johnson – Nursery School Experience Assistant
Elsie Rockowitz – College Senior, Elementary Education
Susan Bradley – College Sociology
Laurie Meltzer – College Human Relations
Betsy Jackson – College Medical Technology

Our job is most challenging as well as rewarding. It is most enjoyable to see the children grow physically as well as emotionally.

The staff of the Child Care Center hope that they have contributed a little bit toward making these youngsters ready for the world as well as helping them a little towards being good citizens. (From TGH Inter-Com, Summer 1970)

Fifty Years Ago at RGHA blue spruce, to be seen by the youngsters on Pediatrics, is planted in front of RGH by Girl Scou...
05/18/2020

Fifty Years Ago at RGH

A blue spruce, to be seen by the youngsters on Pediatrics, is planted in front of RGH by Girl Scouts from Troup 580, Spencerport. (From RGH Tempo, May 1970)

05/15/2020

Fifty Years Ago at St. Mary’s

Alumnae Activities
On Sunday, May 3, the Alumnae Association of St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing held its annual Communion Breakfast following Mass in the Hospital Chapel which was celebrated by Bishop Kearney. Breakfast was served in the Education Building. Mrs. Gerald Grassi, President, welcomed the Class of 1970 as members of the Association. The speaker, Father Rosse, showed slides of his trip to the Missions around the world. (From Rochester St. Mary’s Hospital Intercom, May 8, 1970)

Fifty Years Ago at TGHEmployee of the YearWe are pleased to announce that Mrs. Anna Ostrovskis has been selected as Empl...
05/13/2020

Fifty Years Ago at TGH

Employee of the Year
We are pleased to announce that Mrs. Anna Ostrovskis has been selected as Employee of The Year for 1970.

Mrs. Ostrovskis, known to most of her co-workers as “Anna”, started working at The Genesee Hospital on April 9, 1951 – almost 20 years ago. Anna is employed as a housekeeping maid on Center Wing V.

Anna experienced many hardships in her life which contribute to her deep compassion for her fellow man. When her native country of Latvia was taken over by the Communists, Anna and her family spent five years in a German displaced persons camp. They came to the United States in 1951 and Anna’s only job has been here at Our Hospital. She and her husband have been married for 39 years. They have one daughter and a granddaughter.

At a brief ceremony in Mr. Krauss’ office on Wednesday, May 13th, Anna was presented with an orchid corsage and a blender. (Anna is also a gormet cook.)

Congratulations to our Employee of The Year, Anna Ostrovskis, who represents our hundreds of dedicated and valuable employees. (from TGH Inter-com, Summer 1970)

Fifty Years Ago at RGHAn artist photographer, Louis Ouzer, arranges his sensitive photographs, taken in RGH, on Main Con...
05/11/2020

Fifty Years Ago at RGH

An artist photographer, Louis Ouzer, arranges his sensitive photographs, taken in RGH, on Main Conference Room walls. (From RGH Tempo, May 1970)

05/08/2020

Fifty Years Ago at St. Mary’s

Golden Jubilee
Sister Bernadette Dissett will return to St. Mary’s Hospital on Saturday, May 23, to celebrate her Golden Jubilee as a Daughter of Charity. Sister Bernadette graduated from our School of Nursing in 1917 and then entered the religious life. She is now on mission at the Villa St. Michael in Baltimore, Maryland. Bishop James Kearney will celebrate the Jubilee Mass at 11AM in the hospital chapel. Joining Sister Bernadette for the celebration will be her two sisters who reside in Rochester – Mrs. Agnes Sentner and Miss Rose Dissett.

Congratulations, Sister, and welcome back! (from Rochester St. Mary’s Hospital Intercom, May, 22, 1970)

Fifty Years Ago at TGHMr. Harry Barry, Director of Purchasing, has been appointed an Assistant Director of The Genesee H...
05/06/2020

Fifty Years Ago at TGH

Mr. Harry Barry, Director of Purchasing, has been appointed an Assistant Director of The Genesee Hospital. Harry will assume his new responsibilities when a new Director of Purchasing is employed.

He started work at Our Hospital in 1947 and has been Purchasing Agent since 1959. Harry, his wife Betty, and their seven children live in Victor, New York. (From The Genesee Inter-Com, Summer 1970)

Fifty Years Ago at RGHRGH employee of the Year: Douglas LaRoe – Engineering Services Courier …greets everyone every day ...
05/04/2020

Fifty Years Ago at RGH

RGH employee of the Year: Douglas LaRoe – Engineering Services Courier …
greets everyone every day with a cheery, genial, amplified “Howdy!”, always does the job assigned on time, without fuss, without fail. Doug became an RGH’er in 1956, when the Northside Division opened its doors. He and wife, Linda, live at 805 Portland Avenue with their two daughters, Nancy and Linda. (from RGH Newsletter, May 1970)

05/01/2020

Fifty Years Ago at St. Mary’s

Seton Brunch
The first Seton Brunch was held on Wednesday, May 10, in the Student Union of the Education Building from 10:00am to 12:00 noon.

Coffee, juice, and rolls were served prior to a slide program narrated by Sister Margaret Tulley, Administrative Assistant. The slide presentation described the many activities of St. Mary’s Hospital. Of particular note were pictures of equipment contributed to St. Mary’s through the generosity of the various Seton groups.

Mrs. E. Garrett Cleary, Chairman of the Seton Groups, and Mrs. Raymond Porter were in charge of organizing this first and very successful brunch. (from Rochester St. Mary’s Hospital Intercom, May 22, 1970)

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