Los Angeles (Oct. 15)
(By our Los Angeles Correspondent)
A meeting of the membership of the Jewish Consumptive Relief Association of California and of the Tubercular Jewish ex-Patients Home Society ratified the amalgamation of the two organizations.
The Jewish Consumptive Relief Association maintains a national sanatorium of 150 beds, and the Tubercular Jewish ex-Patients Home a capacity of fifty beds.
Recently the two boards appointed a joint committee to bring about closer relations and if possible, an amalgamation of the two organizations. This committee, under the chairmanship of I. Irving Lipsitch, Executive Director of the Federation of Jewish Welfare Organizations of Los Angeles, recomended that in the interests of a more effective service to the indigent Jewish tubercular and to avoid conflict and duplication, the two associations should be operated uner one management.
The Jewish Consumptive Relief Association was established in 1913, by a committee of Los Angeles Jews, and incorporated under the name of the Jewish Consumptive Relief Association of California.
Since its establishment the Sanatorium has treated over 2,400 consumptives hundreds of whom left its care entirely recovered or in improved condition.
The Sanatorium occupies twenty acres of land, with twenty-nine building and a capacity of 136 beds; seven acres of land were recently purchased through the Long Beach, California. Community, which plans to equip and stock them for a dairy and poultry ranch for the Sanatorium.
The Sanatorium spends $250,000 annually, depending for its funds entirely upon the contributions from Jewish communities throughout the country.
In the past year the Sanatorium cared for 283 men and women from all parts of the country. Of these 128 were residents of Los Angeles.
The maintenance, treatment and care of these Los Angeles patients is being defrayed by the Los Angeles Community Chest which last year allotted $53,?83.34.
The Tubercular Jewish ex-Patients Home Society was organized December 17, 1919. It is a convalescent home for destitute consumptives from the time they leave the sanatorium for hospital until they become able to care for themselves, and are provided with suitable employment, and where a conscientious effort at a rehabilitation of the patient is being made.
Abraham Shohan, executive secretary of the Jewish Consumptive Relief Association, is to be the executive secretary of the amalgamated institutions. Mr. F. Flanzer, head of the Tubercular ex-Patients Society is expected to be associated in an executive capacity.