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.
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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 Ridge1976 Community ChestThe 1976 Community Chest campaign will be scheduled early in April...
03/31/2021

Forty-five Years Ago at Park Ridge

1976 Community Chest
The 1976 Community Chest campaign will be scheduled early in April. This year's campaign will be a combined effort between the hospital and nursing home. Previously the campaign for the hospital and nursing home were held a week apart.

Charlotte Rosen, this year's chairman, looks forward to another successful campaign. Contributions may be made through payroll deduction as last year. (From Park Bench, March 1976)

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Fifty Years Ago at TGHAuxiliary NewsThe Discharge service is the largest Volunteer project in the hospital. Volunteers d...
03/30/2021

Fifty Years Ago at TGH

Auxiliary News
The Discharge service is the largest Volunteer project in the hospital. Volunteers discharged over ten thousand patients last year.

The Volunteer Department has been in charge of the discharge of patients, on week-days, since 1967. Mrs. Thurston Corbett (Dorothy), who at the time had been volunteering at the hospital for a year, was asked to become captain of this service.

Mrs. Corbett has done and is still doing a wonderful job, keeping four to five volunteers daily staffing this worthwhile project. This involves many telephone calls, sometimes taking more than three hours a week on the telephone, in order to obtain substitutes when needed. Mrs. Corbett also helps train Junior Volunteers every year when they take over for the adults during the summer months in discharging.

As of January 1971, Mrs. Corbett has given 3,130 hours of volunteer service to The Genesee Hospital.

Mrs. Corbett and her husband, a partner in the legal firm of Culley, Mraks, Corbett, Tannebaum, Reifsteck and Potter, live at 20 Beckwith Terrace. They have three grown children who live in other cities. (From Genesee Inter-com, March 1971)

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Fifty Years Ago at RGHShe Created a GardenSarah Schulman, 31 Strong Street, finally made it home the second week of Marc...
03/29/2021

Fifty Years Ago at RGH

She Created a Garden
Sarah Schulman, 31 Strong Street, finally made it home the second week of March after a long four and a half week stint on South-4, but she left behind artistic evidence that she didn't just sleep away her convalescent hours. Sarah can take a piece of foil, a plastic plate, a magazine cutout, or just about any piece of throw-away material, and make a whole garden of flowers.

No stranger to the bedrest bit, Sarah has spent almost six months out of the last two years in bed as a heart patient, but her enforced rest has resulted in dozens of creations which brighten the days of others. On the day she went home she sent her flower garden up for the youngsters on Pediatrics to enjoy. (From RGH Tempo, March 1971)

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Fifty Years Ago at St. Mary'sThe Sisters are relinquishing their home of the past six years in order to provide much nee...
03/26/2021

Fifty Years Ago at St. Mary's

The Sisters are relinquishing their home of the past six years in order to provide much needed additional space within the hospital. The Sisters' new quarters will be at 35 Ardmore Street. They can keep an eye on the progress of their new home from their current quarters. (From Rochester St. Mary's Hospital Intercom, March 26, 1971)

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Forty-five Years Ago at Park RidgeFeedbackPandora's Box is a new suggestion system that can be found in the Dispatchers'...
03/24/2021

Forty-five Years Ago at Park Ridge

Feedback
Pandora's Box is a new suggestion system that can be found in the Dispatchers' office in SPD. The suggestion system works the following way: each Wednesday the SPD secretary removes all the written suggestions from Pandora's box. She then types all the suggestions and destroys the original copies so none of the supervisors or the department director know what employee made the suggestion. Upon completion of the list, the secretary gives each supervisor and the department director a copy of the suggestions. Each Friday the supervisors and the department director meet to discuss the suggestions and to reach a mutual answer. Every payday each SPD employee receives a copy of the suggestions and answers.

Mattie Daniels, SPD technician, is shown putting her suggestion into Pandora's box. (from Park Bench, March 1976)

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Please join us on May 3rd for our next Archives Book Club meeting!My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You is a fictional account o...
03/23/2021

Please join us on May 3rd for our next Archives Book Club meeting!

My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You is a fictional account of the emotional and physical impact of World War I on the men in the trenches and their families on the home front in England.

Discussion begins at 6pm and will be online.
Please RSVP or direct any questions to the Archives Office at 585/922-1847 or [email protected].

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Fifty Years Ago at TGHNew Play LadyTo minimize the traumatic unpleasantness of a child's hospital stay, the Pediatrics D...
03/23/2021

Fifty Years Ago at TGH

New Play Lady
To minimize the traumatic unpleasantness of a child's hospital stay, the Pediatrics Division has a "Play Lady" for the children. Every day, from 9:00AM to 1:00PM, the Board of Supervisors pays for the services of a woman who plays games with the children, reads to them, sometimes feeds them, and even takes a few of them outdoors in good weather.

Recently a new woman assumed the role of Play Lady. She is Mrs. Joe Deane (Ginny), mother of five children, resident of Pittsford.

Mrs. Deane, as the Play Lady, is also in charge of the Solarium, assists the nurses if needed, and takes care of the Children's Library which is maintained by the Mary Bonner Trayner fund. Mars. Deane helps children select suitable books, and if they should want to take the books home she sees that the books are replaced.

Thanks to the Eddie Meath Penny Fund, each child receives a toy on admittance to the Pediatrics Division and takes the toy home on discharge. It is Mrs. Deane's responsibility to distribute these Eddie Meath toys.

The Toy Cartis another responsibility of the Play Lady. She encourages the youngsters to make little novelties as a pleasant diversion . The materials in the Toy Cart are paid for by the Board of Supervisors, which has also gifted the Pediatrics Division recently with eight new chairs for the waiting room, a rocking chair and a couch for ht solarium, and three yellow chairs. Other gifts from the Board of Supervisors include a big fish tank and a television set to amuse the children. (From Genesee Inter-com, March 1971)

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Fifty Years Ago at RGHNew Chief of AnesthesiologyDr. David Sherman has been appointed Chief of Anesthesiology by the RGH...
03/22/2021

Fifty Years Ago at RGH

New Chief of Anesthesiology
Dr. David Sherman has been appointed Chief of Anesthesiology by the RGH Board of Directors, to succeed Dr. William Daly.

Dr. Sherman has been associated with the RGH Medical Staff since 1956. He was born at Newcastle-on-Tyne in England, and received his MD at Leeds in 1945. He interned and served a residency at St. James Hospital in Leeds, in the Anesthesiology and Obstetrics Service. For the next two and a half years Dr. Sherman was a squadron leader in the Royal Air Force.

Following World War II, Dr. Sherman served as anesthesiologist at Leeds General Infirmary, and then came to Canada in 1950 where he was a consultant in anesthesiology and has a practice. After moving to Rochester he as named Temporary Assistant Attending in 1956; Assistnatn Attending in 1957; Associate Attending in 1966 and a full Attending in 1968.

Dr. Sherman and his wife, Joyce Barbara (who is vice-president of the Staff Wives) live at 2670 Clover Street. They have three children, Bradley, 19, a student at Case-Western Reserve; Dawn, 17, and Diane, 16. (From RGH Tempo, March 1971)

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Forty-five Years Ago at Park RidgeNewsmakersShirley Russell, evening switchboard operator, has been promoted to Senior A...
03/19/2021

Forty-five Years Ago at Park Ridge

Newsmakers
Shirley Russell, evening switchboard operator, has been promoted to Senior Administrative Control Clerk, She will begin her new responsibilities in April. (Park Bench, March 1976)

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Fifty Years Ago at St. Mary'sSt. Patrick's Day During the Civil WarMother Hieronymo, Sister Superior of St. Mary's Hospi...
03/17/2021

Fifty Years Ago at St. Mary's

St. Patrick's Day During the Civil War
Mother Hieronymo, Sister Superior of St. Mary's Hospital during the Civil War, often related the following story which happened on St. Patrick's Day in 1865 during an outbreak of smallpox.

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#RocMedMuseumandsocieties which turned out for the parade on St. Patrick's Day to march to the hospital, salute, and often march into the corridors and play Irish and national airs to cheer and entertain the patients. This year they came as usual, but it was impossible to admit them inside, nor did Mother Hieronymo care to tell the reason. Even at that very moment, a man, more dead than alive, was conveyed from the hospital to the pest house, wrapped in a sheet.

The Mother was in an extremity and she told one of the Sisters to run down the street to stop them by saying that the patients were too ill to allow them them entering the hospital at that time, for she did not wish to say there was smallpox within. Then, in desperation, she dropped upon her knees and praying to St. Patrick,, she said, "St. Patrick, if you did for Ireland what they say you did, banish the smallpox from this institution." Later, she told her Bishop what she had done, to which he replied, "I wonder that St. Patrick heard you at all, when you used the word 'if' to him." "But", she answered, "there has not been another case here since," nor was there. This story is one she often told, laughing heartily over it, though she always felt deep gratitude that her desperate prayed was answered. (From Rochester St. Mary's Hospital Intercom, March 12, 1971)

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Fifty Years Ago at TGHNew EquipmentThe Circolectric bed provides a new and improved means for treating patients who requ...
03/16/2021

Fifty Years Ago at TGH

New Equipment
The Circolectric bed provides a new and improved means for treating patients who require immobilization of the neck of some portion of the back for fractures and certain other conditions. Traction for the neck, arms, or legs, may be combined in a manner that is more comfortable than with other frames used previously for patients requiring optimal immobilization for the same type of injuries or other conditions of the neck or back.

Patients are considerably more comfortable on the Circolectric bed than on any other previously available type of bed frame and nurses on the Orthopedic floor have noted that it is possible for one nurse, unassisted, to handle all aspects of nursing care or patient movement using the Circolectric bed. It also permits the patient to change his own position frequently and easily, and simplifies getting out of bed in comparison with other bed frames.

The nurse's time and energy can be better utilized with the advantages of this type of mechanical bed for selected patients . The patients benefit from the ability to maintain a normal posture and position not obtainable with a standard bed or with the other bed frames.

The frequent change of position which is possible with the Circolectric bed is also beneficial in preventing certain complications of bed rest such as: urinary and venus stasis, hypostatic pneumonia, pressure sores and a depressed mental attitude. (From Genesee Inter-com, March 1971)

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Fifty Years Ago at RGHWearing o' the GreenTwig Shop crew celebrated St. Pat's Day by dying their white uniforms green! F...
03/15/2021

Fifty Years Ago at RGH

Wearing o' the Green
Twig Shop crew celebrated St. Pat's Day by dying their white uniforms green! From left: Irma OKress, Dorothy O'Kaiser, Betty O'Hilfiker, Helen O'Boddy, Helen O'Morrill, Betty O'Kyser, Fran O'Doererr, Willie O'VanDorn, Lois O'Willing, and Mabel O'Bogoly. Missing the fun was Mary MacDonald, home recuperating from a heart attack but expected back on the job before April. (from RGH Tempo, March 1971)

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Fifty Years Ago at St. Mary'sIntercom Spotlights - Miss Judy AllenSt. Mary's School of Nursing can be proud of 1966 grad...
03/12/2021

Fifty Years Ago at St. Mary's

Intercom Spotlights - Miss Judy Allen
St. Mary's School of Nursing can be proud of 1966 graduate Miss Judith A. Allen.

In 1966 Judy was named the outstanding student nurse for Rochester-Monroe County and the outstanding student nurse for New York State. This great honor gave her the opportunity to visit many High Schools to encourage students to enter the Nursing Profession.

Judy was promoted to Recovery Room Coordinator in 1969. The Recovery Room serves as a post-anesthesia, post-operative intensive care unit.

Prior to coming to St. Mary's, Judy attended the Eastman School of Music in preparatory violin, and she still adores music.

When time permits, Judy continues her education at Monroe Community College and also enjoys skiing, boating, horseback riding and music. (From Rochester St. Mary's Hospital Intercom, March 16, 1971)

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Forty-five Years Ago at Park RidgeNewsmakersMarge Murray, cashier, has accepted the position of Admitting Receptionist i...
03/10/2021

Forty-five Years Ago at Park Ridge

Newsmakers
Marge Murray, cashier, has accepted the position of Admitting Receptionist in the Business Office. She began her new responsibilities in March. (From Park Bench, March 1976)

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Fifty Years Ago at TGHMrs. Bauer RetiresMrs. Ruth Bauer, Assistant Head of Housekeeping, has retired after ten years of ...
03/09/2021

Fifty Years Ago at TGH

Mrs. Bauer Retires
Mrs. Ruth Bauer, Assistant Head of Housekeeping, has retired after ten years of employment at The Genesee Hospital. A reception in her honor was held on January 29 in the Game Room. All Housekeeping personnel and Department Heads attended.

Mrs. Bauer has left Rochester and moved back to her native Florida. (From Genesee Inter-Com, March 1971)

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Fifty Years Ago at RGHHangings Honor Dr. FitchTwo abstract hangings done in colorful woven materials now adorn the Main ...
03/08/2021

Fifty Years Ago at RGH

Hangings Honor Dr. Fitch
Two abstract hangings done in colorful woven materials now adorn the Main Conference Room's paneled walls. They were given to RGH by Mrs. Edward Peck Curtis, in memory of her stepfather, Dr. Ralph R. Fitch. Dr. Fitch was Chief of the Orthopedic Staff at RGH from 1906 to 1938, and President of the Medical Board from 1924 - 1927. He also founded the Friday Conference.

The two panels each measure 16 feet by four feet, and are the work of Don Bujowski of Rochester Institute of Technology. (From RGH Tempo, March 1971)

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Fifty Years Ago at St. Mary'sMr.s Dorothy Smith RetiresThe Laboratory Department will not seem the same after March 31st...
03/05/2021

Fifty Years Ago at St. Mary's

Mr.s Dorothy Smith Retires
The Laboratory Department will not seem the same after March 31st. Mrs. Dorothy Smith, Laboratory Statitician, is retiring after 15 years at St. Mary's Hosptial.

Dorothy received her nursing training at Cit Hospital in Newark, New Jersey. She also did post-graduate work in anesthesia at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica, Long Island. She was also on the teaching staff of the Franklin School of Nursing in Newark, New Jersey.

At present Dorothy hasn't made retirement plans. We all join in and wish he the best of luck in her retirement. (from Rochester St. Mary's Hospital Intercom, March 16, 1971)

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45 Years Ago at Park RidgeMeet the Park Ridge House OfficersAt Park Avenue Hospital, the small corps of House Officers w...
03/03/2021

45 Years Ago at Park Ridge

Meet the Park Ridge House Officers
At Park Avenue Hospital, the small corps of House Officers was a familiar institution. There were fewer of them than here at Park Ridge. There were far fewer employees in total at Park Avenue than there are now.

Since the opening of Park Ridge Hospital, the House Officer staff has doubled in order to provide adequate medical care for every patient. These physicians function in a manner quite similar to interns and residents in a teaching hospital but at Park Ridge they are employed by the hospital.

Perhaps one of the most important functions of the house officers is the fact of 24-hour availability. One or more of these physicians is on duty and available in the hospital at all times. They respond whenever there is a "Blue alert" and they respond to more routine kinds of patients' needs around the clock.

Under the direction of an attending physician, house officers are responsible for a complete medical history and physical exam for each patient admitted to the hospital. Each house officer also makes daily rounds of the patients for whom he is responsible.

Results of all laboratory procedures performed for patients are evaluated by a House Officer and then discussed with the patient's attending physician.

Recently, the House Officers have begun adding a new dimension to their responsibilities through a training program for service in the Intensive Care unit. In a program established by Dr. Nathaniel Hurst, Medical Director, each House Officer is spending considerable time in the Unit gaining more specific knowledge of the medical requirements of patients under intensive care. Attending physicians assist in the program.

In addition to the physicians pictured here, the House Officer staff includes 2 doctors who were unavailable for a photograph before press time. They are: Dr. K. Habib and Dr. M. Ghiasuddin. (From Park Bench, March 1976)

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Fifty Years Ago at TGHProfiles: A. Leonard Bloch, MDDr. A. Leonard Bloch has been elected President of the Medical Staff...
03/02/2021

Fifty Years Ago at TGH

Profiles: A. Leonard Bloch, MD

Dr. A. Leonard Bloch has been elected President of the Medical Staff of The Genesee Hospital.

Dr. Bloch (Len), a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, graduated from the University of Rochester and received his medical degree from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He continued there for two more years doing clinical research.

In 1960, Dr. Bloch came to The Genesee Hospital and Strong Museum Hospital as a rotating intern and resident. In 1964, he became affiliated with The Genesee Hospital as an attending surgeon.

Dr. Bloch is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He holds membership on the American Medical Association, Monroe County Medical Society, and Rochester Surgical Society. He is Chairman of the Cancer Committee of the Monroe County Medical Society, on the Board of Directors of the Monroe County Cancer and Leukemia Association, and the representative of The Genesee Hospital in the Division of Oncology of the Medical School of the Univeristy of Rochester.

Dr. Bloch is very active and always smiling as he goes between his office and the hospital. He and his wife Marilyn (Honey) are ardent tennis players and live with their two teenagers in Brighton. (From The Genesee Inter-Com, March 1971)

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