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Letter from H.B. Ferguson to C.D. Spivak, 1910 June 3

Identifier: B002.01.0102.0150.00004


Typed letter from Mrs. H.B. Ferguson to C.D. Spivak. Ferguson reminds Spivak that time has passed since she troubled Spivak with applications for admission of patients to JCRS. She continues to tell Spivak that a man from Butler, Pa. left for Denver hoping to get admitted into the National Hospital. Ferguson also tells Spivak that the man’s wife and two small children are very worthy and respectable. She then tells Spivak that the family was unaware of the red tape required for admission to JCRS; therefore, when Mr. Blauweis arrived he wrote to people in Pittsburg, including Mr. Philip Hamburger and Mr. M. Oppenheimer, who are two millionaires of the city and directors in the National Hospital. Ferguson continues to say that Mr. Hamburger wrote to the National Hospital on Mr. Blauweis’ behalf before he left for Europe and requested the answer to his letter be sent to Mr. Sol Rosenbloom. Ferguson tells Spivak that she is very happy for this occurrence because it gives the Pittsburg millionaires, who are anti-orthodox and anti-JCRS, an opportunity to see the necessity that the hospital provides. Ferguson informs Spivak that she enclosed a copy of the letter from the National Hospital and a copy of the letter from Mr. Rosenbloom. After Ferguson explains who the stakeholders are regarding Mr. Blauweis’ case she continues the letter by telling Spivak that she is going to ask for an extraordinary request that she does not want Spivak to refuse. Ferguson understands that what she is asking for is not just or fair, but it will ultimately benefit JCRS and the hospital. She tells Spivak that Mr. Hamburger is a “most bitter antagonist of our hospital, - a man who is cynical and haughty, but a millionaire and philanthropist in his own way.” Ferguson wants to use this particular case to show Hamburger that Blauweis can get treatment amongst the red tape of the hospital; therefore, bringing hundreds of dollars into JCRS’ treasury, as well as the moral recognition from people who have been fighting against JCRS for years. Ferguson tells Spivak that Mr. Rosenbloom feels the same way about the situation and he told Ferguson that if Blauweis was admitted to JCRS he would personally raise the money for the hospital. Ferguson tells Spivak that she knows it is unfair to those on the JCRS waiting list, but the sanatorium needs money and using a little diplomacy should justify Blauwies’ admission. Ferguson continues to tell Spivak that she knows Spivak is aware of the hard work she has put into the hospital and never expected a special thanks or newspaper write-up, but only wants him to consider patients for admission who travel from Pittsburg. She tells Spivak that she enclosed a letter of introduction regarding Mr. Blauweis and asks him to write a letter back that is suitable enough to show Hamburger, Oppenheimer, and Rosenbloom. She finishes the letter by asking Spivak when his field man is coming to visit because she requested one months’ notice so that she can arrange her schedule. She also has many suggestions that she wants to discuss with Spivak before the filed man visits. The letter is signed, “Mrs. H.B. Ferguson” at the bottom. There is also a postscript that states, “P.S. The name of the man is Samuel Blauweis, Butler, Pa.” and she lists her address at the bottom as well.


  • 1910 June 3


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From the Series: This series of patient records includes medical reports and histories, statistical data of patients, x-rays, and death certificates. The patient files include applications, correspondence and some may also contain photographs and personal items.


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