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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Forty-five Years Ago at Park AvenueGrandparents - Twice a WeekTuesdays and Thursdays are important days for some of the ...
12/20/2019

Forty-five Years Ago at Park Avenue

Grandparents - Twice a Week
Tuesdays and Thursdays are important days for some of the residents at Park Ridge Nursing Home - and for the students at Warren Harding Elementary School.

Those are the days when nursing home residents volunteer to visit the school and spend a portion of the mroning working and playing with the youngsters there. The proram, referred to as the "Foster Grandparents" program, was initiated by Mr. Pete Denigris, a teacher at Warren Harding. His objective as to give the students an opportunity to interact and develop relationships with elderly people.

The benefit to Park Ridge residents has been at least as valuable - perhaps more. At first there was some reluctance and hesitation, but after the first visit or two there were more volunteers than the program could accommodate.

The residents are picked up at Park Ridge and taken to the school each Tuesday and Thursday morning where they spend about an hour and a half working with the students in small groups. Sometimes they read to the youngsters. Other days they might help correct papers or just talk with the students - and listen to them.

Both the school and Park Ridge are enthusiastic about the program. It fulfills the objective Mr. Denigris sought; it provides a service to the school and it is a signifianct benefit to residents of the nursing home to be able to provide a very valuable contribution in the community.

Certainly the program is unique in this community and perhaps in the nation. It is not uncommon for individuals and groups in a community to visit nursing homes and volunteer services there. For residents of a nursing home, however to reach out into the community and provide meaningful services, is uncommon.

The program with Harding School reflects rather well the dominant philosophy of the entire Park Ridge health complex: that it's primary mission is service to the community; the kinds and amounts of service that the community needs. (From Park Avenue Prism, Winter 1973 - 1974)

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12/18/2019

Fifty Years Ago at St. Mary's

About the New Lobby Screen
What is it for? What does it represent? Is it a religious symbol?

One of the major topics of conversation in the hospital this week centers around the new screen which was installed in the lobby. While most of the comments have been most favorable, some confusion appears to exist. THe modern bronze scultpure, the work of the Buffalo artist who also designed the altar in the new hospitla chapel and several other works with int he hospital, is designed to break up the extremely long corridor from the lobby to the chapel. Since the function of a modern hospital is to provide an environment of comfort for those who must often wait many hours, a design such as the screen provides an object which will divert thoughts of fear and anxiety which often arise among those who must wait while their loved ones undergo surgery, have various diagnostic tests performed, or wait between visiting hours, particularly for patients in the Special Care Units.

THe screen is not religious in concept, but an interesting art form to compliment the lobby decor. Due to a number of uncontrolable delays in receipt of various supplies the lobby will not be completed until early 1970 but prior to its completion, carefully selected objects and designs of a religious nature will be installed which will harmonize with the entire theme of the lobby and which will represent tht spiritual significance of St. Mary's Hospital. (From ROchester St. Mary's Hospital Intercome, December 5, 1969)

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In MemoryWe're sad to announce that Bob Dickson, our former archivist, passed away last night following a heart attack l...
12/16/2019

In Memory

We're sad to announce that Bob Dickson, our former archivist, passed away last night following a heart attack last week.

Bob was a career member of the United States Marine Corps. While serving, he began his pursuit of his history degree; those studies brought Bob to the Archives as an intern in 2004.

Outside of work, Bob was an avid fly fisherman who tied his own flies. He was also skilled in upholstery and woodwork and was a very good cook.

Bob is survived by his sons and sisters, as well as many friends. We are holding his family in our hearts and hope that you will also.

Bob's obituary may be found at https://obits.democratandchronicle.com/obituaries/democratandchronicle/obituary.aspx?n=robert-j-dickson&pid=194730889

Fifty Years Ago at RGHSomething New ...Because a patient needed an arm exerciser on S-5, Unit Manager Russ Borcyk has de...
12/16/2019

Fifty Years Ago at RGH

Something New ...
Because a patient needed an arm exerciser on S-5, Unit Manager Russ Borcyk has developed an exerciser that is more portable and adjustable than the available commercial product. With the help of the Maintenance Department, a finger ladder is attached to a spare bed IV pole. In this way the exerciser is adjustable for height and can be used in any patient room in the hospital. S-5 nurses report that the unit is well liked by the nursing staff and the doctors prescribing it. (From RGH Newsletter, December 1969)

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Forty-five Years Ago at Park AvenueThe Way It WasTennis is being hailed these days as the fastest growing sport since bo...
12/13/2019

Forty-five Years Ago at Park Avenue

The Way It Was
Tennis is being hailed these days as the fastest growing sport since bowling.

But it appears from the photo that, in the late 20's and early 30's, the game was at least popular enough for Park Avenue Hospital to provide a court for its employees and nursing students. That was before everybody drove to work.

The tennis court has long since given way to the paved parking lot in use today. The stucco building is till there, though. It is covered now with shingles and gives shelter to the personnel and purchasing departments of the hospital. When the picture was taken it was living quarters for the School of Nursing faculty.

The small white building partially visible in the center of the picture has also changed uses. Then it was primarily classroom space for the Nursing School. Now it contains the Emergency Department of the hospital.

And a wing has been added to the hospital building since this picture was made. Our best guess as to the date of the photo is about 1930. Can anyone pinpoint it any closer? (Park Avenue Prism, Winter 1973 - 1974)

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12/11/2019

Fifty Years Ago at St. Mary's

Seton Ball Proves an Exciting Evening for All
Hundreds of Rochesterians and former Rochesterians responded to the charitable call of the 14th Annual Seton Ball stages this year at the Flagship Rochester on Nov. 22. Joining Bishops Kearney and Hickey at the head table were Mr. Riordan, Administrator, and Mrs. Riordan; Mr. Horejsi, Assistant Administrator, and Mrs. Horejsi; and Sister Mary Walter, Assistant Administrator.

Attending their first Seton Ball and seated with a group of hospital staff members were Sister Anna and Sister Gertrude.

The glittering evening represented the culmination of months of planning and preparation by Mrs. Robert C. Odenbach and members of her committees. St. Mary's extends its sincere congratulations and thanks to all who worked to make this extremely successful event possible. (from Rochester St. Mary's Hospital Intercom, December 5, 1969)

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Fifty Years Ago at RGHFamiliar Faces ... Douglas LaRue - Maintenance Courier"Good morning!" resounds down RGH halls as D...
12/09/2019

Fifty Years Ago at RGH

Familiar Faces ... Douglas LaRue - Maintenance Courier
"Good morning!" resounds down RGH halls as Doug LaRue strides cheerily along greeting each and every office occupant on his regular daily route. As Maintenance Courier, Doug has been driving, picking up, delivering, and miscellany side jobs ever since RGH Northside Division opened its doors in 1956.

Doug probably knows the city of Rochester better than most taxi drivers. He's seen the hospital 'grow like Topsy" and with it the quadrupled duties of Maintenance, Two events he'd rather forget about are bus strikes - when he drove multiple carpools oof employees to and from work - and big snow storms!

Doug and his wife, Linda, live at 805 Portland Avenue, with their two daughters, Nancy, 14, and Linda, 8. (from RGH Newsletter, December 1969)

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Forty-five Years Ago at Park AvenueDr. Avallone Heads StaffCharles J. Avallone, MD, has been electec president of the Me...
12/06/2019

Forty-five Years Ago at Park Avenue

Dr. Avallone Heads Staff
Charles J. Avallone, MD, has been electec president of the Medical/Dental staff for a two year term beginning in 1975.

Other officers elected to the staff to serve with Dr. Avallone are: president-elect, Santo F. Brancato, MD; vice-president Theophil Artemowych, MD and secretray/treasurer, Alessandro Bertoni, MD.

Two members at large were also eleceted to the executive committee of the staff. They are Charles S. Gallaher, MD, and MIcheal J. Subtelny, MD. These members will serve onteh executive committee with the officers of the staff and the directors of the professional staff departments. (From Park Bench. December 1974)

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12/04/2019

Fifty Years Ago at St. Mary's

Manpower School of Practical Nursing Stages Capping Exercises Here
The Bishop Kearney Educational Building was the site of Capping Exercises for the Rochester Manpower School of Practical Nursing on Nov. 21. THree members of the Class of '70, Gladys Hughes, Cruz Santiagao, and Golda Singleton, are working aprt tiem at St. Mary's. Aother graduate, Veronica Holmes, was an employee prior to entering Manpower. (from Rochester St. Mary's Hospital Intercom, December 5, 1969)

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Fifty Years Ago at RGH Familiar Faces ... Lillian Majkszak - Chief Payroll ClerkBack in 1964 Lillian Majkszak transferre...
12/02/2019

Fifty Years Ago at RGH

Familiar Faces ... Lillian Majkszak - Chief Payroll Clerk
Back in 1964 Lillian Majkszak transferred from Personnel interviewing to the Payroll Office. She didn't know that her ever-present sense of humor was the most valuable asset she was taking to the sometimes hair-raising job of getting accurrate paychecks to 1700 RGH employees every other week. She thinks her job is both challenging and interesting and "will be even more so when the new coputer system goes into effect".

Lillian is a seven year RGH veteran. She and her husband, Art, live at 179 Ernst Street. They have a 17-year-old son, Art Jr., a senior at Edison Tech, and daughter, Nancy, 12, who attends St. Andrews.

Lil admits that her favorite time of the week is Friday night when she and Art bowl in a mixed league. (from RGH Newsletter, December 1969)

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Forty-five Years Ago at Park AvenueInside Park RidgeIt’s beginning to look more and more like a hospital inside Park Rid...
11/29/2019

Forty-five Years Ago at Park Avenue
Inside Park Ridge

It’s beginning to look more and more like a hospital inside Park Ridge. At least the pharmacy is taking shape. Shown in the photo at left is a portion of the cabinet work being installed in the pharmacy on the lower floor of the SPD building. This black and white photos doesn’t really do the cabinet work justice. It’s bright orange! Present plans call for the pharmacy staff to move in and begin serving the hospital and nursing home from these new facilities well in advance of the projected opening of the new hospital.

Not quite as far along as the pharmacy but also showing rapid progress is the basement area of the hospital. This photo was taken from the broad corridor which connects the hospital to the nursing home. Portions of the overhead tracks from the Automatic Cart Transport Systems (ACTS) are visible. The ACTS rails will continue down the corridor and into the basement level of the nursing home so that the entire health care complex can be supplied by this system originating in the SPD building.

From Park Bench, November 1974

11/27/2019

Fifty Years Ago at St. Mary’s
Sister Clarisse New Head Nurse on St. Raphael’s Hall

Effective last Monday, Sister Clarisse was appointed Head Nurse on St. Raphael’s Hall. Sister came to St. Mary’s last July 12 from Baltimore, where she was nursing supervisor at Seton Psychiatric Institute. Since then she has served as Staff Nurse in the Surgical Special Care Unit. She received her BS Degree from St. Joseph’s College, Emmitsburg, MD.
From Rochester St. Mary’s Hospital Intercom, November 21, 1969

11/26/2019
Fifty Years Ago at RGHLet Me Sleep, Pop!Dr. Sigitus Babusis, RGH Intern, makes like every other new father, as he ginger...
11/25/2019

Fifty Years Ago at RGH
Let Me Sleep, Pop!

Dr. Sigitus Babusis, RGH Intern, makes like every other new father, as he gingerly tries to attract his brand new son’s attention in the RGH Nursery. Baby was born to the Babusis’ Nov. 6.

From RGH Newsletter, November 1969

Forty-five Years Ago at Park AvenueNew Community Health NurseMrs. Vicky Niebergall, Community Health Nurse, has been ass...
11/22/2019

Forty-five Years Ago at Park Avenue
New Community Health Nurse

Mrs. Vicky Niebergall, Community Health Nurse, has been assigned by the county to work with the medical and nursing staff at Park Avenue Hospital. She began her assignment on November 4.

As a Community Health Nurse (formerly Public Health Nurse), Mrs. Niebergall will serve as a consultant in assessing the needs of patients about to be discharged. Patients are referred for home visits or home care according to levels of disability. Patients requiring minimal aid during their recuperation are eligible for referral for home visits. These patients may need aid in applying dressings or using eye drops.

Home care patients require the presence of a nurse for longer periods of time during the day. Such patients need aid with bathing, dressing and meal preparation.

A basic part of Mrs. Niebergall’s responsibility is to help assess, through consultation with the nursing staff and the patient himself, his present and future health needs.

Mrs. Niebergall is in the Social Service Office daily except weekends from 8:30am until 12 noon.

From Park Bench, November 1974

11/20/2019

Fifty Years Ago at St. Mary’s
Father Lavery Has Praise from Hospital and Staff

Father Charles Lavery, President of St. John Fisher College, and a recent patient at St. Mary’s, has nothing but praise for the hospital and its personnel.

In a letter to Mr. Riordan, Administrator, Father Lavery said: “I would like to express to you and through you to the entire staff my gratitude for the wonderful care I have received during my two weeks here. I am leaving here much impressed with the cleanliness, efficiency and good spirit I have observed.”

From Rochester St, Mary’s Hospital Intercom, November 7, 1969

Fifty Years Ago at RGHSomething New …With this issue we are introducing a new column. Almost every day an employee’s ide...
11/18/2019

Fifty Years Ago at RGH
Something New …

With this issue we are introducing a new column. Almost every day an employee’s idea for improving his job is put into practice. We would like to recognize these contributions to the Hospital. Every month we will publish an idea contributed by an employee and actually put into use. This is not intended to be a suggestion system, but rather an acknowledgement of new ideas already approved and in operation. If you would like to contribute your own ideas, or those of a co-worker, please send the information to Lucille Giglia, Motivational Coordinator, Department of Systems and Management Engineering, or call her at Ext. 437.

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November “Something New” comes from Bertha Bennington, LPN, on S-3, whose idea was to devise a rubber stamp to print standard information on the patient’s chart and cardex. The stamp devised reads:

ALLERGY
SPECIAL DIET
DENTURES & GLASSES
HOME MEDICATIONS
PRIOR ADMISSIONS

Mrs. Bennington reports that the stamps saves personnel from having to hand-write the same categories for each patient and also serves as a reminder and check list.

From RGH Newsletter, November 1969

2019's last History a la Carte program on Dr. Kirby Collier and the Birth of Alcoholics Anonymous in Rochester has drawn...
11/13/2019

2019's last History a la Carte program on Dr. Kirby Collier and the Birth of Alcoholics Anonymous in Rochester has drawn a very full house. Thanks to Mary Gleason for a great program!

2020's first History a la Carte will be on February 12th, speaker and program to be announced.

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Forty-five Years Ago at Park AvenueEmployee Groups Tour Hospital ConstructionMore than 100 Park Avenue Hospital employee...
11/12/2019

Forty-five Years Ago at Park Avenue
Employee Groups Tour Hospital Construction

More than 100 Park Avenue Hospital employees have visited the new hospital site during the past few weeks and toured a portion of the building.

On three successive Tuesdays, groups of about 35 employees travelled by rented bus to the Long Pond Road site.

Each group had an opportunity to visit the mock-up patient room to get an idea of what the finished hospital will look like. The mock-up room has been constructed in a separate building on the site and it is furnished in every possible detail just the way the patient rooms will be when the new hospital opens.

The groups also toured the new building site as well as the nursing home and ended the tour with a buffet lunch at the nursing home before heading back to Park Avenue.

In addition to hospital employees, other interested groups in the community have visited the site recently and toured the building. Most recent of these was a group of about 40 volunteer firemen from the Greece Ridge and Gates fire departments.

For the tour of the building, the firemen broke up into four smaller groups. Mr. McCormick, Mr. Grande, Mr. Rowley, and Mr. Stocum each accompanied one of the groups around the building to explain the progress of construction and answer questions.

Earlier in the month, members of the Department of Surgery visited the site and toured the partially completed new hospital. Other departments and members of the Medical Staff have been encouraged to arrange similar tours in order to become more familiar with the facility before it is completed in mid-1975.

Robert Kennedy, Director of Materials Management, discusses the model of the Park Ridge Health Complex with Vicky Niebergall (left), Community Health Nurse, and Francine Washington, LPN, during one of the recent tours arranged for Park Avenue employees.

From Park Bench, November 1974

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