Stroke of Genius: The Naming of Albert Einstein Medical Center

Posted by Larry Blumenthal on Mar 31, 2016 4:35:35 PM

So, how did the Jewish Hospital wind up being named after Albert Einstein?

In 1951, the Jewish Hospital agreed to merge with Philadelphia’s other two Jewish hospitals—Mt. Sinai Hospital in South Philadelphia and Northern Liberties Hospital.

The three hospitals had decided to face the growing medical challenges of the 20th century together.

One of the first orders of business for new president Joseph M. First was to choose a name for the combined network.

It was agreed to approach Albert Einstein, one of the most eminent names in science at the time. (Second choice was Moses Maimonides, a Jewish philosopher and physician from the 13th century.)

First, who had been a board member of Mt. Sinai for many years and was an executive with the company that owned the Philadelphia Inquirer, reached out to Einstein with an offer to visit the great scientist at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. to discuss using his name for the new medical center.

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A Look Back at Einstein’s 150th Anniversary Bash

Posted by Jeff Meade on Jan 21, 2016 2:27:45 PM

Lawrence S. Reichlin, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Einstein Healthcare Network, joins son, Aaron, and wife Norma at the VIP reception with Jason Alexander prior to the kickoff of the 150th festivities.

A 150th anniversary is something to celebrate in a big way, and that’s exactly what Einstein Healthcare Network did, with a star-studded gala at the National Constitution Center.

Seinfeld star Jason Alexander served as master of ceremonies, and one of the greatest performers of all time, Diana Ross, took to the stage for a performance that, shall we say, rocked the house last Thursday night.

Guests danced to music, dined on delicious food, and generally partied into the night.

We have photos from the event, and we’d like to share them with you. (Photos by Wes Hilton)

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Born at Einstein? Share Your Story

Posted by Larry Blumenthal on Jan 4, 2016 10:51:18 AM

In 1866, a hospital built in a converted farmhouse in West Philadelphia opened its doors, “dedicated to the relief of the sick and wounded without regard to creed, color or nationality.”

150 years later, that hospital has grown into the Einstein Healthcare Network.

To help celebrate Einstein’s 150th Anniversary, we are looking for photos of all the bouncing baby boys and girls who were born into our family.

Upload your photo and a brief story or comment at While you are there, you can browse through the stories from other members of the family. Maybe you’ll even find someone who was in the crib next to you.

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