I get lots of requests
from people seeking patient records, but I'm afraid there is not much available from the Cresson san. The patient medical
records were sent to the State Archives in Harrisburg, but were destroyed in a flood during Hurricane Agnes in the 1980's.
But there are several things you can try. About 9000 patient index cards
covering the period of roughly 1921 to 1931 were found in the attic at the san and were sent to the Cambria County Historical
Society for safe keeping. Give them a call and they may be able to check the index cards for info about your relatives. Their
website is at the following link:
There is one other option
to explore. Index cards on TB patients were often kept by the Pa Dept of Health. If you know what county
the patient was living in when they were diagnosed with TB, then you can call the Health Dept office at that county seat
and see if they have such a record. I lived in Towanda, the county seat of Bradford County, and obtained my index card
from them. You can see my index card below. Click on the following link to see a listing of County Health Department
phone numbers by county: http://webserver.health.state.pa.us/health/comm/comm.asp?COUNTY=all
I hope this proves helpful
in your search for information.
|1. Chuck Felton Index Card
The date of 3-24-55 on the above card was when I entered the Robert Packer
Hospital in Sayre, Pa. for further tests to officially confirm the initial diagnosis of TB based on my chest x-ray. The 4-14-55
date is when I entered the Cresson sanatorium and 8-19-56 was my release date. I believe the WDC in front of my release date
stands for "With Doctor's Consent". They even have the correct date of when I moved to California, 8-13-62.