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1751 - 1800

1801 - 1850

1851 - 1900

1901 - 1950

1951 - Today


Welcome to Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital. Since its founding in 1751 by Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond, Pennsylvania Hospital has been an innovator in patient care, treatment techniques and medical research.

Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first -- was founded in 1751 by Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond. Today, the 534-bed acute care facility offers a full-range of diagnostic and therapeutic medical services and is a major teaching and clinical research institution.

With a national reputation in areas such as orthopaedics, cardiac care, vascular surgery, neurosurgery, otorhinolaryngology (ENT) and urology as well as obstetrics, high-risk maternal and fetal services, neonatology, and behavioral health, the campus also includes specialty treatment centers such as the Joan Karnell Cancer Center, the Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery and the Penn Neurological Institute.

The hospital has over 25,000 admissions each year, including over 4,200 births. Pennsylvania Hospital is part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and is located in the historic Society Hill district of Philadelphia.

This provides a brief glance at the hospital's esteemed history. Enjoy.

Enter the timeline: 1751-1800

Most of the information found on Pennsylvania Hospital's historical web pages originated in previous hospital publications. For further reading -- in a more old-fashioned format -- consult:

The History of the Pennsylvania Hospital 1751-1895 by Dr. Thomas G. Morton and Dr. Frank Woodbury (Times Printing House, Philadelphia: 1895); facsimile edition available through Arno Press (New York: 1973).

Some Account of the Pennsylvania Hospital from 1751 to 1938 (with a Continuation of the Account to the Year 1956) by Dr. Francis R. Packard and Florence M. Greim (Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia: 1957), second edition.


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