Butler Hospital

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Butler Hospital
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Butler Hospital is located in Rhode Island
Butler Hospital
Butler Hospital is located in the United States
Butler Hospital
Location345 Blackstone Boulevard, Providence, Rhode Island
Architectural styleColonial Revival, Late Gothic Revival, Gothic Revival
NRHP reference #76000041 [1]
Added to NRHPOctober 8, 1976

Butler Hospital is a private, non-profit, psychiatric and substance abuse hospital for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors, located at 345 Blackstone Boulevard 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.[2] Butler Hospital was a founding member, along with Women & Infants Hospital and Kent Hospital, of the Care New England health system in 1996.[3]


Butler Hospital, 1886
Isaac Ray, M.D., first superintendent of the hospital

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.[4] Butler Hospital's Gothic Revival complex was built beginning with its founding in 1844, and includes a 1731 farmhouse that stood on the property when it was acquired by the hospital.[5] The hospital complex was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

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.[3]

Current operations[edit]

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 six treatment units in the hospital's inpatient program and their partial (or day) hospital makes up an additional three units. Butler no longer has children's 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.

Mary Marran is the President and Chief Operating Officer, and the Chairman of the Board is George W. Shuster.[2]


  • Named one of the nation's 30 best psychiatric hospitals by a 2004 U.S. News and World Report

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ a b Butler Hospital, Providence Rhode Island
  3. ^ a b Care New England. Providence, Rhode Island
  4. ^ Ancestry.com information about Butler
  5. ^ "NRHP nomination for Butler Hospital" (PDF). Rhode Island Preservation. Retrieved 2014-10-09.

Coordinates: 41°50′46.68″N 71°23′09.93″W / 41.8463000°N 71.3860917°W / 41.8463000; -71.3860917