Pennsylvania Hospital

About Us

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Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital, is a 520-bed acute care facility that provides a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic medical services and functions as a major teaching and clinical research institution.

The hospital was founded in 1751 by Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond to care for the "sick-poor and insane of Philadelphia."

The hospital is now known for its general and specialty surgical services, including:

Pennsylvania Hospital also has expanding programs for cancer, cardiac care and bloodless medicine and surgery. The hospital has over 29,000 inpatient admissions and 115,000 outpatient visits each year, including over 5,200 births.

Pennsylvania Hospital is part of Penn Medicine and is located at 8th and Spruce Streets in the historic Society Hill district of Philadelphia.

For more information, visit the History of Pennsylvania Hospital website.