Just a few short blocks from Independence Hall is America's first (and still operational) hospital. The hospital was created as a
collaboration of Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond.
On May 11, 1751, a charter was granted by the Pennsylvania legislature to establish a hospital to care for the sick-poor and insane who wandered the streets of Philadelphia. During the Revolutionary War, the hospitial treated both Continental and British soldiers.
In 1803 the Pennsylvania Hospital established a "lying-in," or maternity department, the first recognized speciality at the hospital.
Tourists are welcome in the historical part of the hospital. For a self-guided tour inquire at the Welcome Desk, located first floor, Preston Building, at 8th and Spruce Streets. Guided tours are also available M-F 9am-4:30pm. 215-829-8796
800 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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