Butler in the 1800s
|Location||Providence, Rhode Island|
|Architectural style||Colonial Revival, Late Gothic Revival, Gothic Revival|
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|Added to NRHP||October 8, 1976|
Butler Hospital is a private, non-profit, psychiatric and substance abuse hospital for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors, located in Providence, Rhode Island. The hospital is affiliated with the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and is the flagship for Brown University's renowned department of psychiatry. Butler Hospital was a founding member (along with Women & Infants Hospital and Kent Hospital) of the Care New England Health System in 1996.
The facility was founded in 1844 as Rhode Island's first exclusively mental health hospital. Industrialist Cyrus Butler donated heavily to the hospital, and it was named in his honor. Local Yankee philanthropist Nicholas Brown, Jr. also bequeathed a large amount of money to construct a mental health hospital which was used to fund the early hospital. In 1996, Butler Hospital joined with Women & Infants Hospital and Kent Hospital to create the Care New England Health System in order to continually improve the health and well-being of the people in the communities they serve.
Butler Hospital is southeastern New England's only adolescent, and adult and senior psychiatric treatment center, providing assessments and treatment for all major psychiatric illnesses and substance abuse. There are eight treatment units in the hospital's inpatient program. Butler no longer has childrens' programs, as those were taken over by Bradley Hospital in East Providence.
As an internationally recognized research center, Butler participates in many research initiatives including studies in major depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, Alzheimer's disease and other memory disorders, depression and anxiety in dementia caregivers, substance abuse and family violence, smoking cessation, and movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease.
Butler Hospital employs approximately 950 full-time and part-time, clinical and non-clinical staff, in addition to more than 50 volunteers who assist in nearly all areas of the hospital.
Patricia Ryan Recupero, JD, MD is the President and Chief Executive Officer, and the Chairman of the Board is Charles R. Reppucci.
- Named one of the nation's 30 best psychiatric hospitals by a 2004 U.S. News and World Report
- Dorothea Dix visited the hospital.
- Butler Hospital's Gothic Revival building, located at 345 Blackstone Boulevard, was constructed in the nineteenth century and added to the National Historic Register in 1976.
- H.P. Lovecraft's father and mother were institutionalized here in 1893 and 1919, respectively.
- List of hospitals in Rhode Island
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Providence, Rhode Island