85th Anniversary - ArchivesDecember 2019

From the archives: First patient admitted to the hospital

On October 15, 1934, one week after the JGH officially opened, Dr. A. O. Freedman—grandfather of the Foundation’s current President and CEO, Bram Freedman—admitted the first  patient to the hospital.

According to materials in the JGH Archives, the married, 37-year-old woman (whose identifying information has been blacked out in the above photo) was born in Romania and had been living in Montreal for 18 years. She was admitted through the Department of Otolaryngology and was hospitalized for two days.


The Jewish General Hospital’s 85th anniversary is an ideal occasion to take a glimpse into the past. By remembering the extraordinary efforts of the hospital’s founders, supporters, staff and volunteers, we honour the enduring legacy of the JGH.

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