Cedars-Sinai Medical Center began as The Kaspare Cohn Hospital – 1902

The First Kaspare Cohn Hospital

Kaspare Cohn, founder of Los Angeles hospitals.

In 1902, Kaspare Cohn first purchased and then donated a large home on Carroll Avenue in Los Angeles for use as a hospital for Jewish patients with tuberculosis.









The First Kaspare Cohn Hospital on Carroll Avenue in Los Angeles.


Shortly afterwards the City of Los Angeles decreed that all tubercular facilities were to move out of the city limits. [See Exhibit on The City of Hope]

Due to neighbor complaints, a second and larger Kaspare Cohn Hospital was built on Whittier Boulevard near Boyle Heights for general care and opened, in 1910, with beds for 50 patients.

The 2nd Kaspare Cohn Hospital near Boyle Height


In 1930, a third hospital was built on Fountain Avenue in the Hollywood area.

Although a great deal of the money raised for this hospital came from the Kaspare Cohn estate, his family asked for the name Cedars of Lebanon – because so many others had also donated money for the new hospital.

Most Jews born in Los Angeles that are now 75 years or older were born at Cedars of Lebanon.

Today the beautiful art-deco building is painted blue and belongs to Scientology.


Bikur Cholim Society

In 1918, the Bikur Cholim Society opened a two room hospice.

In 1921, the hospice became the Bikur Cholim Hospital when it moved to Boyle Heights.

In 1923, it was re-named the Mount Sinai Home, and, in 1926, a new Mount Sinai Hospital was built on Bonnie Beach Place.

In 1955, a new Mount Sini Hospital opened on Beverly Boulevard.


The Merger of Cedars of Lebonon and Mt. Sinai

In 1961, the Los Angeles Jewish Medical Center came into being, merging the two hospitals.

After ten years of planning, construction becgan on the Cedar-Sinai Medical Center.

The first patients were moved into the facility, in 1976

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Today. Thank you Kaspare Cohn!


Today the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is one of the great hospitals and medical facilities in the United States.


Thanks again, Kaspare Cohn and the Bikur Cholim