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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10/16/2020

Fifty Years Ago at St. Mary's

Mr. Henriksen Promoted
At an Administration Conference yesterday, Mr. Riordan announced that Mr. Jens Henriksen, Executive Housekeeper, has been promoted to the newly-created position of Director of Hospital and Community Relations effective November 15, 1970.

Well known for his ability to "get the job done" during the past five years as Executive Housekeeper, Mr. Henriksen will now assume an advisory position to the Hospital Administration, responsible for the improvement of Hospital Information Programs, which include the Annual Report, Intercom, News Releases, Hospital Brochures, and Pamphlets which will be directed to both Patients, Employers, and Medical Staff. Additionally, he will also develop the news media, such as the newspapers and TV as well as other involved health and civic organizations.

Mr. Henriksen beings to his new position eleven years of experience in the Armed Services and additional experience in the newspaper business. He is presently completely requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Psychology at the University of Rochester. (From Rochester St. Mary's Hospital Intercom, October 23, 1970)

10/16/2020
Rochester Regional Health

The new Sands Constellation Critical Care Center at RGH is opening (October 12th was the first day the ORs were in use). While we can't take a look inside the actual building thanks to Covid, we can take a peak at it through Minecraft! The National Esports Association has built a 1:1 replica of the building and will be hosting a virtual tour October 16 at 4pm on Twitch. You can also register for a tour in Minecraft Java Edition.

#RMMA #RochesterRegionalHealth #RGHHistory #SandsConstellationCriticalCareCenter #NationalEsportsAssociation #21stCenturyDioramas

We've partnered with National ESports Association to re-create the Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care at Rochester General Hospital! Since we can't have visitors in for tours due to #covid19, it's your chance to take a sneak peek in the world of Minecraft! 13 WHAM ABC

https://roc.health/minecraft

Fifty Years Ago at Park RidgeDedication Day - Part 1Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller is greeted by William B. Woods,...
10/14/2020

Fifty Years Ago at Park Ridge

Dedication Day - Part 1
Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller is greeted by William B. Woods, Executive Vice President of the hospital, at his arrival to participate in the dedication ceremony for the new hospital. Looking on is Henry Dutcher, President of the Board of Directors.

One of several highlights of the day was the ribbon-cutting to officially open the hospital. Flanking Mr. Rockefeller from left to right are: Ross Kitt, chairman of the dedication committee; Henry Dutcher, Board President; Congressman Barber Conable; and Arthur Gibson, Board Chairman. (from Park Bench, October 1975)

#RMMA RRHistory #VPRockefeller #DedicationDay

10/14/2020
Oh My Daughter: I wish you were a boy: Women Activists' Voices from the Past Still Speak to Us Today

In case you missed it ...

The video of the 2020 Eva Allerton Nursing History Lecture, "Oh My Daughter, I wish you were a boy": Women Activists' Voices from the Past Still Speak to Us Today has now been posted on our YouTube page!

The post can be found at this link: https://youtu.be/KC6JSVlGCBY

#RMMA #RAOM #EvaAllertonNursingHistoryLecture #NursingHistory #19thAmendment

The 2020 Eva Allerton Nursing History Lecture was held on September 29, 2020. Dr. Gertrude Buck Hutchinson of Russell Sage College (Albany and Troy, NY) spok...

10/09/2020

Fifty Years Ago at St. Mary's

Sister's Council Convocation
On September 26th, the newly formed Diocesan Sister's Council held a Convocation at St. Joseph's Business School. Bishop Joseph Hogan welcomed the twenty-three Sister delegates who represent the 13 congregations totaling 1,477 Sisters in the Rochester Diocese.

The Bishop expressed warm encouragement of the idea of a Sister's Council for the Diocese, especially seeing the value of the several different communities in the diocese working together, united as they are by so many common bonds: Dedication to the Church and commitment to professional excellence in the institutions which they staff.

Sister Mary Walter, DC, was selected as temporary Chairman of the Sister's Council in its organizational stage. Sister was also named as a member of the newly-formed Task Force set up to formulate a proposal for Bishop Hogan concerning the formation of a Diocesan Pastoral Council which will be composed of priests, sisters, and laity. (from Rochester St. Mary's Hospital Intercom, October 9, 1970)

#RMMA #STMHistory

Forty-five Years Ago at Park AvenueMedical Director AppointedNathaniel J. Hurst, MD, has been appointed Medical Director...
10/07/2020

Forty-five Years Ago at Park Avenue

Medical Director Appointed
Nathaniel J. Hurst, MD, has been appointed Medical Director of the Hospital and Nursing Home.

Dr. Hurst was a member of the attending staff at Park Avenue Hospital, and for the past 12 years, has been Director of the Department of Internal Medicine. He has also served as Medical Director of the nursing home since it opened three years ago.

Among the responsibilities included in Dr. Hurst's new position will be the coordination of all the clinical services of the hospital and the provision of advice to the Board of Directors regarding medical care in the hospital. He will also provide continuing medical education for the staff and assist in the relationships and activities of the house officers. (From Park Bench, October 1975)

#RMMA #PAHistory #Appointments

#RMMA  #ArchivesBookClub
10/06/2020

#RMMA #ArchivesBookClub

Fifty Years Ago at RGHProfile: Eleanor Velte, RNHead nurse of the "hardware department" (Instrument Room), OR, is breezy...
10/05/2020

Fifty Years Ago at RGH

Profile: Eleanor Velte, RN
Head nurse of the "hardware department" (Instrument Room), OR, is breezy, likeable Eleanor Velte, a Rochester General Hospital School of Nursing graduate and with the Hospital "since it began". She's a native of Waterloo, NY, lives across the street at Meadow Oaks Apartments, and she gave out with these favorites in a hurry so she could get back and cheer on the Cincinnati Reds in the fourth World Series game (they won!).

Her favorites:
Time of Day: Quittin' time!
Food: All and everything!
Hobby: Golf, golf, golf, and
Sport: Golf.
Kind of Music: Modern
Song: Onward Christian Soldiers
Book/Author: Ayn Rand
Favorite Possession: Money
Color: Blue
Pet peeve: Ringing telephone

(From RGH Tempo, October 1970)

#RMMA #RGHHistory #Profile

10/02/2020

Fifty Years Ago at St. Mary's

Final Stage for Lobby
After many months of planning, ordering, construction, and a host of unforseen problems, the long awaited front lobby is nearly complete, This project was undertaken with the intention of improving both the physical appearance and the comfort available to hospital visitors. In addition to the travertine marble walls and specially selected furnishings, the lobby has also utilized many innovative concepts in renovation. They include vaulted ceiling tiles, rheostat lighting to control lobby illumination in coordination with outside environmental conditions, spot lamps for future lay and religious art work and displays. An improved public address system will provide more adequate information to families awaiting word from patient floors and Intensive Care Units, and the proposed Coronary Care Unit. A truly modern artisitc touch is added by the distinctly sculpturesque metalic relief. The artist created this focal point with the intention of providing an alternative trend of thought for worried visitors using the lobby. Yet to complement this ost attractive and colorful lobby are plants and draperies as well as permanently installed religious symbols and artwork.

Take time to visit our new lobby and see if you don't agree that not only was it well worth the wait, but something in which we can all take pride. (From Rochester St. Mary's Hosptial Intercom, Oct. 9, 1970)

#RMMA #STMHistory #Renovations

Fifty Years Ago at TGHAuxiliary NewsMrs. Edward D. Green (Peggy) is a long-time Genesee Hosptial volunteer, with close t...
09/30/2020

Fifty Years Ago at TGH

Auxiliary News
Mrs. Edward D. Green (Peggy) is a long-time Genesee Hosptial volunteer, with close to 20 years of service.

She was born and brought up in Rochester, graduated from The Harley School, and attended Rollins COllege in Florida.

Peggy has volunteered in many jobs here at The Genesee Hospital, but is seen most frequently at the Information Desk. She has served on Admitting, Discharging, Flowers, Patient Cart, and in any capacity that is asked of her.

Mrs. Green is a member of hte Executive Committee of The Genesee Hospital Auxiliary and is at present captain of the Information Desk Team. Her co-captains are Mrs. John FOrsyth and Mrs. August Cesare.

Peggis is married to Edward D. Green, a stockbroker with Reynolds and Co. They reside at 104 Georgian Court Road and have three married sons and a new grandson. (From TGH inter-com, Fall 1970).

#RMMA #TGHhistory #TGH Auxiliary #volunteers

The 2nd Annual Eva Allerton Nursing History Lecture has begun! Our thanks to Dr. Trudy Hitchinson of Russell Sage for jo...
09/29/2020

The 2nd Annual Eva Allerton Nursing History Lecture has begun! Our thanks to Dr. Trudy Hitchinson of Russell Sage for joining us via Zoom to speak about the role of nurses in the Suffrage movement.

#RMMA #RochesterAcademyofMedicine #NursingHistory #EvaAllertonNursingHistoryLecture

Fifty Years Ago at RGHPants Uniforms, Suits are INLinda McPherson, RN on S-5, was one of the first RGH nurses to show up...
09/28/2020

Fifty Years Ago at RGH

Pants Uniforms, Suits are IN
Linda McPherson, RN on S-5, was one of the first RGH nurses to show up in a pants uniform, after nursing administrators approved them for duty. Most observers liked the trim, new look, especially on gals like Linda. Nurses reported the pants uniforms still hard to find, and the best fitting ones fairly expensive. RGH males still voted for minis, but did agree pants uniforms were easier to take than the threatened midi-look. RGH office gals also joined in the pants suit parade. As one remarked, "A pants suit is really a two-way outfit. One day I wear it as a suit, the next just the top as a mini dress." No one, but no one, was talking about midis. (From RGH Tempo, Sept. 1970)

#RRMA #RGHhistory #NursingHistory #DressCodes

09/25/2020

Fifty Years Ago at St. Mary's

Laboratory Extern Program
The eight students who enrolled in the LABORATORY EXTERN PROGRAM at St. Mary's Hospital have successfully completed the 12 week course and are no employed part time on the evening and weekend shifts in the Laboratory.

Participating in the program were: Nancy Eaton, Ellen Fogarty, Robert Graby, and Laren Slater who are students in the Medical Technology curriculum at RIT, and Kathleen Catalli, Dennis Delaney, Carol DiPane, and Sandra Stevens who are enrolled in the Medical Laboratory Technician program at Monroe Community COllege.

We congratulate these students upon their completion of this program and extend out thanks to those persons in the laboratory who were responsible for training them. (From Rochester St. Mary's Hospital Intercom, Sept. 11, 1970)

#RMMA #STMhistory #LaboratoryDepartment

Fifty Years Ago at TGHNew EquipmentThe Department of Dentistry recently installed a Panorex x-ray unit. the panographic ...
09/23/2020

Fifty Years Ago at TGH

New Equipment
The Department of Dentistry recently installed a Panorex x-ray unit. the panographic x-rays now taken with this unit show the entire upper and lower jaw structure, sinuses, and the jaw joints all in one film.

Studies have shown that this method of x-ray examination can uncover certainlesions of the jaws which otherwise cannot be seen in the usual full mouth x-ray examination. Already the panographic examination at the Genesee Hospital has uncovered disorders that were not suspected on clinical examination or by the patients because of the absence of symptoms.

Panographic x-ray is particularly useful in certain dental and oral surgical diagnostic and treatment procedures. The Department of Dentistry of the Genesee Hospital is the first public clinic facility in thsi area to install such a unit. The panographic x-ray examination has become an important diagnostic tool for rendering a more complete and better heath care service in dentistry and oral surgery.

The radiation exposure for a panographic examination is significantly less than a standard full mouth x-ray examination with high speed periapical films. The operation of the machine is simple, however it requires training and experience to take the proper x-rays. (From the Genesee inter-com, Fall 1970)

#RMMA #TGHhistory #DepartmentofDentistry #XRayTech

Fifty Years Ago at RGHMary Takes OverIf Mary Trybalski's bowling average goes down this year, she can blame it on inheri...
09/21/2020

Fifty Years Ago at RGH

Mary Takes Over
If Mary Trybalski's bowling average goes down this year, she can blame it on inheriting all the administrative headaches of the Social Service Department as its new Director. Former Director, Mary Ramsay, retired from the post as of Sept. 1, but will remain as a staff member.

Mary did graduate work in social work at St. Louis University, and then worked for eight years in a Catholic agency in Hartford, Conn. For the next eight years, she owned and operated a card shop in New Britain, Conn. Then, with eight seemingly to be a fateful number, she came to the Westside Division of RGH in 1963 with Social Service, moving over to the Northside Division when Westside was closed in 1966.

Miss Trybalski is a veteran with the RGH Bowling team. This is her seventh year. She also likes to crochet, garden, and paint. (From RGH Tempo, Sept. 1970)

#RMMA #RGHhistory #SocialServicesDepartment

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09/18/2020

Fifty Years Ago at St. Mary's

Board Member Honored
Richard L. Epstein, a member of the law firm Harris, Beach, and Wilcox, a member and officer of St. Mary's Hospital Men's Board, has been named one of seven arbitrators by President Nixon to serve on the Federal Service Impasse Panel. This agency was created by the President to settle bargaining impasses between federal agencies and their employees.

(From Rochester St. Mary's Hospital Intercom, Sept. 25, 1970)

#RMMA #STMhistory

We had our first virtual program tonight! A special thanks to Marc Ambrosi, Executive Director of the Rochester Academy ...
09/17/2020

We had our first virtual program tonight!

A special thanks to Marc Ambrosi, Executive Director of the Rochester Academy of Medicine, and Laurie Militello, the Academy's Events and CME Director, for their program on the Lyon Family, their home, and the Academy of Medicine.

#RMMA #RochesterAcademyofMedicine #HistoryalaCarte

Fifty Years Ago at TGHFarewell to South Wing 3Below are two pictures showing the cake at the farewell to South Wing 3. T...
09/16/2020

Fifty Years Ago at TGH

Farewell to South Wing 3
Below are two pictures showing the cake at the farewell to South Wing 3.

The floor is being remodeled and will be used in the near future for offices.

(From The Genesee inter-com, Fall 1970)

#RMMA #TGHhistory #HospitalRenovations

Fifty Years Ago at RGHProfileFriends never describe Bobbie Martin, just promoted to a Housekeeping Supervisor, as quiet ...
09/14/2020

Fifty Years Ago at RGH

Profile
Friends never describe Bobbie Martin, just promoted to a Housekeeping Supervisor, as quiet and retiring! Bobbie admits she loves to talk (but don't tell her boss!). Everyone who knows her has ice things to say about this capable gal who has been with RGH for the past 10 years. She started out as a Nursing Assistant, has worked with IV Service, and until now has been a Phlebotomy Technician in the Laboratories. (That means she collected samples of blood from patients for tests.)

Bobbie and her husband, Joseph, who works for Fincher Oldsmobile, live at 128 Woodward Street. They have one daughter, Natalie, who is four and a half.

Her favorite things:
Time of Day: Afternoon (mornings are busy, busy)
Food: Oh, that has to be turkey.
Hobby: Knitting.
Sport: Spectator type. I'm a pro-football game fan and the Green Bay Packers are my team. I also like going to the races (horse).
Season: Summer, even though it's so short.
Kind of Music: I guess you'd call it folk-rock.
Song: "Steal Away".
Favorite possession: My daughter.
Color: Blue.
Pet peeve: I can't think of one!

(From RGH Tempo, September 1970)

#RRMA #RGHhistory #Profile

09/11/2020

Fifty Years Ago at St. Mary's

Class of 1971
On Sunday, September 20, the thirty-four members of the Class of 1971 will receive their coveted double-striped senior caps. Bishop Kearney will preside at Mass and Blessing of the Caps, which will be held at 4 o'clock in the hospital Chapel.

The Class of 1971 is honored to have Bishop Kearney celebrate this special day with them as it is also a very special day for the Bishop - the 62nd Anniversary of his First Mass. Following Mass, there will be a reception for the seniors and their guests at the Student Union of the Bishop Kearney Building.

Hospital Employees are cordially invited. (From Rochester St. Mary's Hospital Intercom, Sept. 11, 1970)

#RMMA #STMhistory #STMSON #BishopKearney

There's still time to register for our September 16th program - "The History of the Lyon Family and Home and the Academy...
09/10/2020

There's still time to register for our September 16th program - "The History of the Lyon Family and Home and the Academy of Medicine"! Email us at [email protected] and we'll send you the Google Meet link.

Hope to "see" you then 🤓

#RMMA #HistoryalaCarte

Fifty Years Ago at TGHBoard ProfilesMrs. Frank B. Alberts is President of the Board of Supervisors of The Genesee Hospit...
09/09/2020

Fifty Years Ago at TGH

Board Profiles
Mrs. Frank B. Alberts is President of the Board of Supervisors of The Genesee Hospital. "Fra", as she is called, is a volunteer at The Information Desk.

She grew up in Hartford, Connecticut and graduated from The Emma Willard School and then attended Sarah Lawrence College.

During World War II she and her husband lived on the East Coast while he was attached to the United States Naval Air Station. After the War they settled in Rochester where he is the General Agent of the Aetna Life Insurance Company.

Mr. and Mrs. Alberts live at 145 Brookside Drive in Brighton and have one married daughter and two grandsons. Their son-in-law is a surgeon in Birmingham, Alabama where he is continuing his studies in Cardiac Surgery.

Women have always played a very important part in The Genesee Hospital since the opening day pf The Rochester Homeopathic Hospital in 1889. At that time the "Lady Supervisors" assisted in all services of the Hospital. including purchasing, cooking and serving of the daily meals. They have, through the years, raised money to purchase equipment, acted as Hostesses at Hospital functions such as Teas, Graduations, Picnics, and where they are asked to serve. (From The Genesee inter-com, Fall 1970)

#RMMA #TGHhistory #BoardofSupervisors

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