Renowned heart specialist and Rush Medical College graduate James B. Herrick, MD, was instrumental in securing the equipment through a gift from Mrs. Cyrus McCormick, Sr., a noted Chicago philanthropist.
She also helped the hospital acquire an improved model in 1915 and provided substantial funding for research in heart disease.
According to the 1939 issue of the Presbyterian Hospital Bulletin, “It was with the aid of these instruments that Dr. Herrick made his first notable discoveries about coronary thrombosis and started on the trail which has brought fame to himself and immeasurable benefit to humanity.”
This photo appeared in the April 1949 issue of the Presbyterian Hospital Bulletin. The caption reads: “Through the generosity of two members of the Children’s Department Committee of the Woman’s Board, patients in that department now enjoy the thrills of television.”
“Care is taken not to disturb any seriously ill patients,” the caption explains, “but all others seem to regard this as a happy way of ushering in the Christmas day that is to be spent in the hospital.”
There’s something a little bit haunting about this photo, taken between 1910 and 1920, of Presbyterian Hospital nurses in a tunnel connecting the hospital to a residence hall. Presbyterian would later become part of Rush University Medical Center.
In this January 1983 photo, otolaryngologist David D. Caldarelli, MD, left, and his medical team are shown treating an unusual patient.
Flame, a five-foot, poisonous African cobra snake from the Brookfield Zoo, was suffering from mouth cancer.
Despite coming to Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center fully anesthetized, doctors had to work carefully around her venomous fangs. The operation was a success and Flame went back to her “normal snake behavior.”
In 1991, Rush held its third annual Flag Day celebration on the east Atrium lawn where the Tower now stands.
From Rush’s NewsRounds in July 1991:
The event began with the posting of colors and a wreath-laying ceremony in memory of those who gave their lives in war. Speakers included Don Oder, vice president and chief operating officer of the Medical Center; William Maran, northern division supervisor of Veterans Affairs; and Jim Balcer, veterans’ liaison from the Office of the Mayor.
Veterans celebrated the day by wearing combat fatigues and enjoying shared stories of having “been there.”