Pennsylvania Hospital School
of Nursing for Men is opened, providing training for male
nurses in the areas of behavioral health and genito-urinary tract
therapies. It is the first training school for male nurses in
the United States to be headed by a man, Leroy N. Craig.
Pennsylvania Hospital is in the forefront of the first hospital service units
established in World War I,
spending 21 months of service in France. Pennsylvania Hospital Base Unit
No. 10 treats almost 48,000 patients.
After a 75-year hiatus, Pennsylvania Hospital reinstates obstetrics and gynecology
with the opening of the Woman's Building (now the Spruce Building). With
150 adult beds, 80 bassinets, two operating rooms, a series of labor and
delivery rooms as well as outpatient clinics, it is considered "one
of the most modern hospital buildings in the country" and is so designated
even into the 1950s.
The busy Emergency Services on the first floor of the Garrett Building is known
as "Receive." A former intern describes it as a place where "bleeding
and bewildered people trooped into at all hours in a parade of sufficient
clinical variety to illustrate twenty medical textbooks of any specialty."
Organized as part of the War Department's Protective Mobilization
Plan during World War II,
the Pennsylvania Hospital 52nd Evacuation Hospital sees action
in the Pacific Theater.
Pennsylvania Hospital becomes more highly specialized and establishes, in addition
to its sophisticated maternity programs, an intensive care unit for neurological
patients, a coronary care unit, an orthopaedic institute, a diabetes center,
a hospice, specialized units in oncology and urology and broadened surgical
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