B'nai B'rith Building, National Jewish Hospital - Denver, CO
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N 39° 44.351 W 104° 56.417
13S E 505116 N 4398811
This lovely building was one of the original buildings of the National Jewish Hospital in Denver.
Waymark Code: WMG1HM
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 01/01/2013
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member Pensive Travellers
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"In the early years, the Denver Lodge, composed primarily of German Jews, concentrated its activities on loans, insurance benefits, caring for the sick, arranging funerals in the absence of a professional undertaker, and working towards better relations with the larger gentile community. The plight of Jews in Eastern Europe and the massive immigration to the United States after 1880 brought additional challenges to the Lodge over the next decades. Perhaps the crowning achievement of the Denver B’nai B’rith Lodge and the national order, as well, was the support of the National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives, in Denver, which enabled the struggling hospital to open its doors to indigent victims of tuberculosis in 1899. Operating under the motto “None May Pay Who Enter, None May Enter Who Pay,” NJH became a beacon of hope to thousands of Americans throughout the United States, in both the Jewish and gentile communities." (from (visit link) )

"National Jewish Health began serving patients in 1899 in response to the great number of destitute individuals suffering from tuberculosis (then known as consumption) who flocked to Denver for the climate's supposed beneficial effect on respiratory diseases. At the time, no institution in Denver would admit penniless consumptives, and many poor victims of the disease lived and died on the city's streets.

he institution’s founder, Frances Wisebart Jacobs, the "Mother of Charities,” was known in the late 1800s for her benevolent work in Denver, often stopping to offer food and medical help to the ill. She realized that the homeless consumptives needed more help than she alone could give, so Jacobs set out to raise funds to open a new hospital to treat them. She found support from the Jewish community, which, in November 1889, agreed to plan, fund and build a nonsectarian hospital for the treatment of respiratory diseases, primarily tuberculosis.

The original hospital building was completed in 1893, but due to a nationwide recession, it did not open until 1899. The hospital building was completed in 1893, a year after Jacob's death. In an unfortunate coincidence, however, 1893 also marked the start of a nationwide recession prompted by the Silver Crisis. When funds dried up, the hospital remained empty until 1899, when the national Jewish B'nai B'rith organization was persuaded by Denver Rabbi William Friedman and Louis Anfenger to undertake the opening and maintenance of the hospital. Although originally funded by the Jewish community, from its inception, the hospital’s services have never been limited to a specific religious denomination.

In December 1899 the first patient, a Minnesota woman, checked into the new National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives under its official motto: "None may enter who can pay—none can pay who enter.”

Since that first patient was admitted more than 100 years ago, National Jewish Health has expanded its scope to include many respiratory, immunologic and related disorders. And it has enjoyed a rich clinical, research and academic history. Although economic realities have made it impossible to continue funding patient care entirely through philanthropy, we still provide a very significant amount of free or heavily subsidized care to patients unable to afford total treatment costs." (from (visit link) )

Please see (visit link) which is a Waymark of the original Jewish Consumptive's Relief Society (JCRS) location in Lakewood, Colorado along Colfax Street.
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1400 Jackson Street (14th and Colfax) Denver, CO USA

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