Pennsylvania Hospital

Visitor Information for Pennsylvania Hospital

Welcome to Pennsylvania Hospital — the nation's first hospital founded in 1751 by Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond. Since its founding, Pennsylvania Hospital has been at the forefront of innovative, high quality patient care and continues to build on its many centers of excellence.

Smoke-Free Campus

For the health of our employees, patients, visitors and the community, Pennsylvania Hospital is a smoke-free campus. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the hospital campus, including outside the buildings.

Pennsylvania Hospital is offering support for employees, patients and visitors interested in quitting, through access to:

  • University of Pennsylvania smoking cessation programs
  • Penn's Tobacco Use Research Center offers access to clinical trials
  • Support and financial incentives through Independence Blue Cross Healthy Lifestyles program, and Aetna Simple Steps to a Healthy Life program

Our mission is to create healthier communities through optimal clinical care, research and, both, professional and community educational programs.


As you read through this web site, we hope that your impression of Pennsylvania Hospital is as positive as ours. To learn more, visit our Quality, Safety, and Patient Satisfaction site.