Excerpts from the book All our Lives: A centennial history of Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, 1881-1981, Sarah Gordon, ed.
The first Michael Reese Hospital opened in 1881 at 29th Street and Groveland Park Avenue (renamed Ellis Avenue) in Chicago, at a cost of $60,000 donated from a charitable fund derived from the will of Michael Reese, a Bavarian immigrant who had come to the United States in 1836. The building, constructed of brick and stone, was three stories tall, with beds for 60 patients. For a century after its founding, Michael Reese Hospital became one of the most famous healthcare institutions in America, with recognized excellence in patient care, education, and research.
|“I, Michael Reese, being of sound Mind, and Memory, do make, ordain, publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament, written with my own hand. . .”|
|The laboratory of Reese, 1900 (Reform Advocate)|
|Three views of the operating room on the top floor of the building (Reform Advocate)|
|The West Side Dispensary: eye, ear, and throat clinic|
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