It was founded on March 18, 1848 as Pittsburgh's first charted public hospital, The Western Pennsylvania Hospital is internationally known and has received many notable awards.
It was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals for 2008, the only major teaching hospital in Pennsylvania selected for this elite list by Thomson Reuters.
It became the first hospital in Western Pennsylvania to receive recognition status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) on December 7, 2006. It recognizes excellence in nursing and quality patient care and has been achieved by only 4 percent of all healthcare facilities in the nation.
It is a nationally recognized provider of advanced treatment programs for patients with blood related disorders and was one of just 35 centers nationwide to be recognized as a Center of Excellence by the Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation in 2001.