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Pennsylvania Hospital

Established 1751

On May 11, 1751, before the Revolutionary War was even a thought, Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond opened one of America’s first hospitals in Philadelphia, called Pennsylvania Hospital.

Back in 1751, Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond wanted to build a hospital for sick people who could not afford healthcare. They raised 2000 pounds before the local government of the time would agree to build the hospital. The Provincial Assembly thought the task was impossible but agreed to get the “credit of being charitable without the expense” once Bond and Franklin raised all the funds.

Today, things are a bit different. It is now a law to have health insurance. Free hospitals are, for the most part, a thing of the past. Navigating your healthcare options can be confusing and frustrating. Bring us into your corner and we will guide you through it.

Take Care of Him

and I will Repay Thee

Pennsylvania Hospital’s main building is actually a National Historic Landmark. The hospital seal contains the story of the Good Samaritan with the phrase “Take Care of Him and I will Repay Thee”, which is fitting since the hospital’s original goal was to help the ill at no cost.

Pennsylvania Hospital had the first surgical amphitheater in America, which functioned as an operating room for over 50 years in the 1800s.

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