Lancaster City and County Hospital Collection, 1898-

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Object ID:  MG0077

3 boxes     46 folders, 1 scrapbook    1 cubic ft.

Repository:  LancasterHistory (Organization)

Shelving Location:  Archives South, Side 3

Description:  Collection of materials from three hospitals in Lancaster: St. Joseph Hospital, Lancaster General Hospital, and Community Hospital of Lancaster (formerly the Osteopathic Hospital). Consists of histories, programs, in-house magazines and newsletters, annual reports, and fund-raising campaign materials.

The Lancaster General Hospital Scrapbook, 1916 contains typed and handwritten letters, staff lists, committee lists, and newspaper clippings. The items in the book discuss the financial, administrative and public state of the hospital in 1916. The book covers the Lancaster General School for nurses, staff lists, debts, and lists of committees and members. Individuals who supported the institution include Milton T. Garvin, F. L. Suter, Lilliam F. Wardell, Hugh R. Fulton, Elam H. Risser and William Shand.

Creator: (Lancaster, Pa.)

System of Arrangement:  Arranged by hospital name.

A.  St. Joseph Hospital

B.  Lancaster General Hospital

C. Community Hospital (formerly Osteopathic Hospital)

Conditions for Access:  No restrictions.

Conditions Governing Reproductions:  Collection may not be photocopied. Please contact Research Staff or Archives Staff with questions.

Language:  English

Source of Acquisition:  Items were collected by the Lancaster County Historical Society unless otherwise noted at the item level.

Administrative/Biographical History: Lancaster General Hospital opened in December 1893 with the mission to deliver the best possible care to anyone in need, regardless of ability to pay. In 1903, the hospital established the Nurses’ Training School with the first graduating class of 1905. The hospital purchased its first motorized ambulance in 1916. The Department of Physical Therapy was started in the early 1950s. During 1970, Dr. Nikitas Zervanos developed the Family Practice Residency Program. Seven years later, Lancaster General Hospital received the equipment to make CAT scans possible. The Women’s Health Pavilion, which was located inside Lancaster General Hospital, was completed in 1986. After many years of development and construction, the Lancaster General Health Campus was completed in 1994, and Women and Babies’ Hospital opened in 2000; both are located on Harrisburg Pike.

Note:  The Lancaster General Hospital Scrapbook was cataloged and preserved with funding from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. ME60112.

Box 1

A.  St. Joseph Hospital

A. Folder 1     Histories

Insert 1  “History of St. Joseph’s Hospital Staff from 1883 to 1912,” by E. T. Prizer, M.D. No date.

Insert 2  Copy of “History of St. Joseph’s Hospital Staff from 1883 to 1912,” by E. T. Prizer, M. D. Delivered May 1935.

Copy of “Three Cases of Extirpation of Diseased Ovaria,” by Ephraim McDowell. Published in the Eclectic Repertory and Analytical Review, 1817.

A. Folder 2     St. Joseph Hospital and Health Care Center, Lancaster, Pennsylvania: 1883-1983, 100th Anniversary. 1983.

A. Folder 3     Medical Staff

Medical Staff Directory. 1983, 1984.

Insert 1  “St. Joseph Hospital, Lancaster, Pennsylvania: Medical Staff, 1883-1965.” Gift of H. M. J. Klein, October 1956.

A. Folder 4     Planned Giving/Mental Health Center

This folder contained the following documents:

Insert 1  Resource Book. 1983.

Insert 2  Construction Report for the Mental Health Center. [1983].

Insert 3  Annual campaign pamphlet. Printed [1982].

Contribution submission form.

Board of Trustees membership list. 1983-1984.

First annual dinner program. 10 November 1983.

Insert 4  “Basics of Taxwise Giving,” by Conrad Teitell. 1981.

“Making Your Will . . . ,” by Conrad Teitell. 1983.

“Plan Now to Make Gifts that Endure.” St. Joseph Hospital. [1983].

A. Folder 5     Annual Reports. 1979-1985.

A. Folder 6     Intercom. Quarterly newsletter. 1983-1986.

A. Folder 7     School of Nursing items. Transferred from Elizabethtown Historical Society, February 2004.

Catalog listing instructors and schedule of classes. No date.

Commencement program with names of graduates. 18 May 1927.

A. Folder 8     St. Joseph Health Ministries Auxiliary

“Christmas Around the Tree Shopping Bazaar.” 1968. Booklet of advertising for the local business involved.

“100th Anniversary St. Joseph Health Ministries Auxiliary, 1903-2003.” 30 April 2004. Booklet contains a brief history and look at the future.

A. Folder 9     Medical and Surgical Report of the St. Joseph’s Hospital of the City of Lancaster, Pa., in Charge of the Sisters of St. Francis for the years 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896 and 1897. Lancaster, Pa.: The Intelligencer Print., 1898. Gift of H. M. J. Klein, October 1956.


A. Folder 10  Personnel Policy Manual. No date.

A. Folder 11  Building Campaigns

“Folio of Facts on the Saint Joseph’s Hospital Building Fund Campaign.” [1956]

Campaign brochure showing memorial opportunities. No date.

Campaign brochure with elevations and plot plan by Ross W. Singleton, architect and describing planned additions. December 1944.

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B.  Lancaster General Hospital

 B. Folder 1     Anniversary Booklets

“Through the Years,” 1893-1943. (2 copies)

75 Years of Service to the Lancaster Community: The Story of the Lancaster General Hospital, 1893-1968, by Gerald J. Lestz. 1968.

“A Time Line: Lancaster General Hospital, 1893-1993.”

Insert 1  Correspondence to employees regarding 75 Years of Service . . . Lancaster General Hospital letterhead. 24 November 1969.

B. Folder 2     “Experiences in Lancaster General Hospital,” by Robert Blair Risk. This article was printed in the Lancaster Daily Examiner, 7 December 1912.

B. Folder 3     Dedication Programs

Insert 1  Program of exercises for the laying of the cornerstone. 23 November 1902.

Insert 2  Program for the dedication of the new building. 3 August 1952.

Pamphlet containing floor plan of the new building. 3 August 1952.

Program for the dedication of the addition. 19 April 1959.

B. Folder 4     Annual Reports

Eleventh annual report. 1903-1904.

“Within these Walls . . .” 1940.

Annual report. 1969.

78th annual report. 1970-1971.

B. Folder 5     Documentation regarding the withdrawal of Lancaster General Hospital from the Welfare Federation. Includes meeting minutes, report, and copies of correspondence. 1945.

B. Folder 6     Annual and Capital Campaign Materials

“Lancaster’s Greatest Need . . .” Prepared for a capital campaign in the 1940s.

Insert 1  Annual campaign brochure. 1927

Letter to Mr. M. G. Good of East Earl regarding the 1927 annual campaign. Signed by William Shand (president) and W. J. Neuhauser (chairman, Finance Committee). Lancaster General Hospital letterhead. 1 August 1927.

Envelope addressed to Mr. Good. Postmarked 1 August 1927.

Insert 2 Capital campaign brochure. [1940s].

Insert 3  Annual campaign brochure. 1956.

Letter regarding the 1956 annual campaign. Signed by I. G. Weidman and Harry B. Coyle. Lancaster General Hospital Charity and Replacement Campaign letterhead.

Insert 4  Annual campaign brochure. 1957.

Insert 5  Letter to George L. Heiges regarding the 1958 capital campaign. 19 May 1959.

B. Folder 7     “Memorials that Serve.” Booklet was used during the a capital campaign to encourage planned giving. 1948.

Letter to George L. Heiges regarding the capital campaign and planned giving. Signed by John H. Carter (president). 22 January 1948.

B. Folder 8      L. G. H. Echo. Monthly newsletter. 1957-1958.

B. Folder 9     Information & Education Series

“Facts about Hospital Costs.” No date.

“The Governing Board of Your Hospital.” The American Hospital Association, 1960.

“The Hospital: Many Hands and Many Skills.” The American Hospital Association, 1960.

“Your Doctor and Your Hospital.” The American Hospital Association, 1960.

“Rates and Charges in Your Hospital.” The American Hospital Association, 1960.

“You’re an Expert.” The American Hospital Association, [1960].

Intern and Resident Bulletin. c.1960.

B. Folder 10     “Lancaster General Open Heart Proposal Denied by Project Review,” Health Service Action. February-March 1980.

B. Folder 11     Training School for Nurses

Commencement program with names of graduates. 20 May 1937.

B. Folder 12     Auxiliary Activities

Insert 1 “Constitution and By-laws of the Woman’s Auxiliary of the Lancaster General Hospital.” Revised and amended March 1917. Press of the New Era Printing Company. 1917.

Invitation to a tea at the home of Mrs. Paul B. Eshelman. 26 May 1956.

Insert 2  Flier and catalog for the Decorator Show House presented by The United Auxiliaries to the Lancaster General Hospital. 1995.

B. Folder 13     Lancaster Health Alliance

Letters to Community Leader regarding the new identification for Lancaster General Healthcare System and its affiliated organizations, and The Alliance Mission. Signed by Michael A. Young (president). 12 May 1996, Spring 1996.

The Alliance Mission. Quarterly newsletter. Spring 1996 (issue 1).

Oversized pamphlet listing Alliance members, with a map of Lancaster County and their locations. [1996].

B. Folder 14     Program for the Century Ball, held at the Lancaster General Health Campus 2 October 1993. Lists committee and foundation members, award recipients, and sponsors.

Box 2

B. Folder 15     Generally Speaking. Newsletter published monthly for employees and friends of Lancaster General Hospital. Vol.1-2, 1965-1967, incomplete.

B. Folder 16     Generally Speaking. Vol. 3-5, 1967-1969, incomplete.

B. Folder 17     Generally Speaking. Vol. 6-7, 1970-1972, incomplete and 100th anniversary issue, 1993.

B. Folder 18 Generally Speaking

100th anniversary issue. Winter 1993.

100th Annual Report edition. 1992-1993. 

B. Folder 19 Generally Speaking. Vol. 3, no. 2, Winter 2004. Annual report to the community.

B. Folder 20 “By Your Side: Community Health Report.” 2003, 2004.

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C.  Community Hospital of Lancaster (formerly the Osteopathic Hospital)

C. Folder 1     Histories

Insert 1  “Lancaster Osteopathic Hospital: A Brief History.” No date. (photocopy)

Insert 2  “Lancaster Osteopathic Hospital.” No date. (photocopy)


 C. Folder 2     Dedication Programs

Insert 1  Program of exercises for the laying of the cornerstone. 13 October 1929.

Insert 2  Program for the dedication of the new and renovated buildings. 22 May 1955.

C. Folder 3     Capital Campaign Materials

Printed card expressing appreciation for financial contribution. George F. Hostetter (president).

“The Gift of Health.” Booklet was used for a capital campaign. No date.

“Building . . . to Better Serve Human Needs.” Booklet was used during a capital campaign. No date.

C. Folder 4     Annual report. 1983-1984.

C. Folder 5     Stationery

Envelope bearing the Lancaster Osteopathic Hospital logo. Postmarked 18 June 1974.

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