Spivak, C. D. (Charles D.), 1861-1927
A Jewish Immigrant from Tsarist Russia, Spivak pursued medicine out of a desire to be of service to humanity. In 1896, when his wife Jennie showed signs of incipient tuberculosis, Spivak moved their young family to Denver to take advantage of Colorado’s reputation as the World’s Sanatorium. Spivak's concern for the indignant consumptives he saw flooding into the state led to his founding the Jewish Consumptives’ Relief Society (JCRS), a sanatorium dedicated to the care of all, even those in the advanced stages of TB. Spivak also ensured that the primarily Eastern European Jewish patients were cared for in an environment that respected their culture- unlike many such institutions, the JCRS featured a kosher kitchen and observed the Jewish Sabbath and holidays. Dr. Spivak was also an associate professor of medicine at the University of Denver from 1896-1901.
CitationLeḳsiḳon fun der nayer Yidisher liṭeraṭur, 1965 (Spiṿaḳ, Ḥayim; d. 10-16-1927; b. as Ḥayim-Ḥayḳl Spiṿaḳoṿsḳi; d. in Denver, Colorado) Yehoash. Idish ṿerṭerbukh, 1926: t.p. (Dr. Ḥayim Spiṿaḳ) t.p. verso (Dr. C. D. Spivak [in rom.]) Who's who in American Jewry, 1926 (Spivak, Charles; physician, author; b. 12-25-1861, Krementschug, Russia).
Found in 132 Collections and/or Records:
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak to H. Schwatt. Spivak asks Schwatt to admit Max Stashower to the sanatorium as an emergency case. Spivak also tells Schwatt to discharge him as soon as his emergency symptoms are over. Spivak tells Schwatt that Stashower seems to be a nice man who was admitted to the National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives for six months. The hospital refused to do anything for him after he had a hemorrhage and believes that the hospital refuses to do anything for patients coming...
Dates: 1910 September 13
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak to H. Schwatt. Spivak asks Schwatt to admit Nathan Cohen as an emergency case and to discharge him as soon as his symptoms are over. Spivak tells Schwatt that E. Friedman wrote a note saying Cohen had been bleeding for the last few days. Mr. Shapiro has also seen the patient and claims that Cohen is in bad condition and should be admitted as an emergency case. Spivak includes a postscript asking Schwatt to kindly send his application with the slip from Friedman.
Dates: 1911 February 9
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak to Jacob Chauss. Spivak admits to Chauss that he had not written to Chauss until recently because he did not know how to reply to his letter. Spivak explains to Chauss that it is very difficult to discharge and admit new patients during the winter. Spivak also says that JCRS has more than 85 applications of men and women who are in Denver and have been waiting two or three months to be admitted. Spivak remembers everything Mr. Chauss has done for JCRS and would be...
Dates: 1910 December 19
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak to J. Saltzburg. Spivak enclosed another letter addressed to N.P. Levin and he told Saltzburg that the letter will admit him to the sanatorium. Spivak hopes that his stay at the sanatorium will be beneficial for his health.
Dates: 1910 June 27
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak to J.L. Lane. Spivak tells Lane that he received his night telegraph regarding Schwartz’s admission to JCRS. Spivak informs Lane that JCRS will admit him as soon as there is vacancy.
Dates: 1911 March 1
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak to M. Lipschitz. Spivak informs Lipschitz that he received his previous letter introducing Mr. Diamond. Spivaks also says that he will gladly accommodate the applicant and admit him as soon as there is vacancy. Spivak tells Lipschitz that the sanatorium is quite crowded at the moment and there is a large waiting list; therefore, Diamond will have to wait a few weeks before he can be admitted. Spivak acknowledges the effort Lipschitz’s society has made for JCRS’...
Dates: 1911 February 14
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak to N.P. Levin asking him to admit Max Cohen to the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society as an emergency patient. Spivak tells Levin that Dr. E. Friedman recommended his case to the sanatorium. He signs the letter "Secretary" at the bottom.
Dates: 1910 June 14
Overview Typed letter from C.D. Spivak to N.P. Levin asking him to admit Annie Cray as an emergency patient. Spivak tells Levin that he received a note from Dr. E. Friedman that stated that she has suffered from a hemorrhage for about two weeks and Friedman recommended that she be admitted as soon as possible.
Dates: 1910 June 20
Overview Typed letter from P. Hillkowitz to C.D. Spivak. Hillkowitz explains to Spivak that J. Kopelowitz was examined by Dr. Walbrach on October 2nd, 1908 and was told Kopelowitz’s stage of tuberculosis is incipient. Hillkowitz advised Spivak to check Kopelowitz’s sputum before admitting him.
Dates: 1908 November 9
Overview Letter from C.F. Zittel to C.D. Spivak. Zittel introduces Mr. Bernstein to C.D. Spivak and tells him that Mrs. Bloch and Mrs. Loew are sending him to Denver for treatment. Zittel tells Spivak that he is writing this letter so that Spivak can do everything he can for Bernstein’s case. Zittel also tells Spivak that last Saturday he arranged the program and secured the artists for the Benefit at the Herald Square Theatre, which was tendered by the New York Ladies Auxiliary. Zittel finishes the...
Dates: 1911 April 5