Rose Medical Center has a long and rich history that dates back to the end of the World War II. It was during that time a group of Jewish physicians and community leaders in Denver came up with the idea to build a new hospital that would welcome and treat people of all creeds, colors and backgrounds – to “serve the need of every creed.” Following a national fundraising campaign, the new hospital was named in honor of Major General Maurice Rose and opened in 1949.
Major General Maurice Rose was born the son and grandson of rabbis, and he enlisted in the military at the age of 15. When it was discovered that he was underage, he was sent home. He enlisted again as soon as he was of age, and served for more than 25 years in the military, including in both World War I and World War II. During his military career, he earned several honors and was the highest-ranking Jewish soldier in the army in WWII.
Gen. Rose was known for his leadership, valor and compassion towards his men. He was the Commander of the Third Armor Division in WWII and played an important role in the attack on Normandy. Sadly, on March 30, 1945, he was killed in action while spearheading the advance of U.S. troops in Germany. He was the highest-ranking officer killed by enemy fire in WWII.
Following Gen. Rose’s death, and as a mark of respect from the U.S. Army, the cornerstone of the General Rose Memorial Hospital in Denver was laid by General Dwight D. Eisenhower.
General Rose Community Gallery
This month, Rose Medical Center proudly opened the General Rose Community Gallery, a tribute to our namesake and the founders of the hospital. The gallery is located in the main hospital front lobby area and features paintings, photographs and historical artifacts celebrating our long history.
On Dec. 4, Rose hosted a special event for employees and the community to celebrate the gallery’s opening. The evening featured a short video about General Rose, a blessing and mezuzah hanging by Rose Rabbi Jeffrey Kaye, Chanukah music and food and remarks by the President of the Rose Community Foundation, the President of the Rose Advisory Board, the President of the Rose Medical Staff and Rose CEO and President, Ken Feiler.
Rose was also honored to welcome several WWII veterans to the event, including two veterans who had served with Gen. Rose.