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Mount Sinai Hospital

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Summary Information
Administrative Information
Collection Inventory
Series I: AB- AN
Series II: AU-B
Series III: C-K
Series IV: M-Z
Series V: Artifacts
Scrapbooks

Summary Information

Repository
Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford
Title
Mount Sinai Hospital
ID
Institution.0009.002.005
Date [inclusive]
1855-2012
Extent
2.5 Cubic feet
Language
Biographical/Historical
Biographical/Historical note In Hartford, as elsewhere in the early part of the 20th Century, Jewish physicians were barred from practicing at most hospitals. This wide spread “gentleman’s agreement” kept Jewish doctors out of the network of referrals, and forced them to put their patients on admittance waiting lists until a gentile colleague could take over. This situation created substantial financial hardships for the physicians. Once admitted to Gentile-run hospitals Jewish patients faced language barriers and lack of access to kosher food. Moreover, the wide spread discrimination in the medical profession meant that Jewish interns had difficulty obtaining training. To correct this situation locally, a group of concerned physicians and citizens established an association in 1918 called "The Abraham Jacobi Hospital." Although an option to purchase land for the hospital was obtained from the Keney Estate at the corner of Love Lane and Westland Street, the war delayed progress on the hospital for several years. In 1922, the association changed its name to Mt. Sinai Hospital and purchased the Morgan Brainard mansion at 119 Capitol Avenue. The first hospital facility opened in 1923 with 75 beds. Another problem faced by Jews was the difficulty of getting nurses to visit Jewish patients. In 1925, Mt. Sinai opened a nursing school to address this need. The school closed in 1936. In 1940, Mt. Sinai was able to obtain the former Hebrew Home for Children building on Blue Hills Avenue. It began a campaign to remodel and expand the site, but progress was again delayed by war until 1950. By the mid-1960s, Jewish residents were leaving the North End of Hartford in large numbers and moving to West Hartford and Bloomfield. Most other Jewish institutions followed their constituents, but Mt. Sinai continued to commit itself to its neighborhood and it expanded. This choice, though beneficial for the Hartford community as a whole, was nearly disastrous for the hospital. As the income-per-capita of the surrounding area declined, the percentage of Mt. Sinai's unreimbursed medical care rose dramatically. Though Hartford Hospital and St. Francis Hospital contributed funds to cut the shortfall, Mt. Sinai's financial problems grew more and more severe each year. In the late 1980s, Mt. Sinai started exploring opportunities to merge with another hospital. Mt. Sinai and St. Francis affiliated in 1990 and formally merged, under the name of St. Francis, in 1995.
Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents note The great strength of the Mt. Sinai collection is the compilation of key documents made by Dr. Isidore S. Geetter for the 50th anniversary of the hospital. These include minutes for the early establishment of Abraham Jacobi Hospital and Mt. Sinai Hospital. Dr. Geetter also preserved annual reports and staff memos from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s that provide a continuous narrative during its major growth and decline cycle. Though compact, this collection offers a substantial amount of vital historical data.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information
Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford

333 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT, 06117
860-727-6171
ekafer@jewishhartford.org

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Collection Inventory

Series I: AB- AN
Abraham Jacobi Hospital/Board of Directors/Members
Abraham Jacobi Hospital/Board of Directors/Minutes 3/1918 to 6/1922
Abraham Jacobi Hospital/Correspondence
Abraham Jacobi Hospital/Historical Highlights
Abraham Jacobi Hospital/Incorporation
Annual Reports, 1920s and 1930s
Annual Reports, 1940s
Annual Reports, 1950s
Annual Reports, 1960-1965
Annual Reports, 1966-1969
Annual Reports, 1970-1971

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Series II: AU-B
Auxiliary/Anniversaries
Auxiliary/Annual Reports
Auxiliary/Constitution and By-Laws, Men's Auxiliary
Auxiliary/Constitution and By-Laws, Women's Auxiliary
Auxiliary/Education Programs
Auxiliary/Fundraising
Auxiliary/Historical Highlights
Auxiliary/Junior League
Auxiliary/Meeting Programs
Auxiliary/Minutes
Auxiliary/Miscellaneous
Auxiliary/Newsletters
Auxiliary/Officers and Members
Auxiliary/Scrapbooks
Auxiliary/Volunteer Activities
Awards and Honors Received
Board of Directors/Members
Board of Directors/Members 1954
Board of Directors/Minutes 6/1922 to 3/1923
Board of Directors/ Minutes 1/1962 to 4/1962
Buildings/500 Blue Hills Avenue/1940
Buildings/500 Blue Hills Avenue/1950 new facility
Buildings/500 Blue Hills Avenue/1959? expansion
Buildings/500 Blue Hills Avenue/1972 expansion
Buildings/119 Capitol Avenue
Buildings/119 Capitol Avenue/Campaign 1923
Buildings/119 Capitol Avenue/Deeds 1922
Buildings/119 Capitol Avenue/Expansion 1939
Buildings/1 Northwestern Drive/1987

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Series III: C-K
Centennial Souvenir Booklet, 1954
Charitable Activities
Constitution and By-Laws
Correspondence
Director of Medical Education/ Activities and Internships
Education Programs
Education Programs/ Dr.Geeter/In-Service Education Program.
Fundraising (other than building campaigns)
Hartford County Medical Association (HCMA)/ 1966 Annual Meeting Minutes
Historical Highlights
Historical Highlights/Geeter, Dr. I. S. - "Historical Development of Hospitals under Jewish Auspices"
Historical Highlights/Geeter, Dr. I. S. - "To Make a Hospital: 1916-1973" draft, with cover letter to Richard Koopman
Historical Highlights/Lazarus, Barry A. - "The Practice of Medicine and Prejudice in a New England Town" Incorporation
Investments
Kashrut

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Series IV: M-Z
Membership
Merger
Miscellaneous
Newsletters/Employee Memos 1951-1952
Newsletters/Employee Memos 1953-1954
Newsletters/Employee Memos 1955-1969
Newsletters/For Staff Members
Newsletters/For the Public (including the Mt. Sinai Bulletin and Life in the Mount Sinai Hospital
Newspaper clippings
Nursing School
Programs/JHSGH April 26, 2009/ Leon Chameides presentation on Mount Sinai (includes PowerPoint on CD)
Programs/Miracles 2014
Radiologic Technology School
Reporter (the newspaper of the hospital, vol. 1, number 1)
Special Medical Programs
Staff Members
Tovia Ann Baby Club for children delivered at the hospital, includes items from Kramer family
Auxiliary and Volunteers
Blue Hills Avenue Facility
Capitol Avenue Facility
Nursing Classes
Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon 1977

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Series V: Artifacts
Women's Auxiliary lapel pin

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Scrapbooks

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