National Asthma Center, 1907-1979
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The National Asthma Center (NAC) existed under a series of names--The Denver Sheltering Home, National Home for Jewish Children, Jewish National Home for Asthmatic Children (JNHAC), and Children's Asthma Research Institute and Hospital (CARIH)--before it became the National Asthma Center. In 1907 Fannie Lorber and other women organized the Denver Sheltering Home for Jewish children who were orphaned by a parent's hospitalization or death from tuberculosis at the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society or National Jewish Hospital. Lorber spearheaded fundraising efforts for the next 51 years. Her work led to a system of Ladies' Auxiliaries that raised funds across the United States. In 1939 the home began the residential treatment of children with intractable asthma. NAC merged with National Jewish Hospital in 1978, and the Center was closed in 1981.