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
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.
the timeline: 1751-1800
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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.