How did Penn Medicine come to be? Read about our rich history, our commitment to patient care, why our patients continually recognize us nationally and internationally for our excellence in health care, and what we're doing to equip the community with resources to make the best health care decisions. 

Bust of Benjamin Franklin in Pennsylvania Hospital's Library


Penn Medicine's history of patient care began more than two centuries ago with the founding of the nation’s first hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital, in 1751 and the nation's first medical school at the University of Pennsylvania in 1765. Penn Medicine has pioneered medical frontiers with a staff comprised of innovators who have dedicated their lives to advancing medicine through excellence in education, research and patient care.

When you choose Penn Medicine, you benefit from more than two centuries of the highest standards in patient care, education and research. The caliber of comfort and individual attention you receive is unmatched by any other hospital in the Mid-Atlantic region.

National Recognition

We are consistently recognized nationally and internationally for excellence in health care. The cornerstone of our reputation is our medical and support staff, who choose to dedicate their careers to serving the needs of our patients and community.

Providing the Community with Resources

We promote innovation and teaching excellence. We advance medical science through research and create the next generation of leaders in medicine. The results of these efforts are passed directly onto you, our patient.

Visit the Health and Wellness blog to learn how we're working towards an even more precise and personalized practice of health care.

A Historic Year in Medicine

2017 was a year of groundbreaking discoveries and breakthrough treatments at Penn Medicine. As we reflect on some our greatest memories and achievements, we look forward to bringing even better care to patients in 2018. 

In This Section

What It Means to Be an Academic Medical Center

As the highest rated academic medical center in region, Penn Medicine has physicians, nurses, researchers and teachers all working in unison to provide you with the highest level of care.

Mission and History

Learn about the core values and mission that make Penn Medicine an exceptional academic medical center.

Providing Quality Care

Over the years Penn Medicine has received many prestigious awards, honors, and recognition for our commitment to providing our patients with quality clinical care.

Serving Our Community

Improving lives and health in underserved communities throughout the Philadelphia area is among our highest priorities.

Video: This is Penn Medicine

Penn Medicine wants to give you a life that is worth living. We offer personalized care that allows you to live your happiest, healthiest, and most fulfilling life.

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