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List of the oldest hospitals in the United States
List of the oldest hospitals in the United States
List of the oldest hospitals in the United States
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List of the oldest hospitals in the United States
List of the oldest hospitals in the United States
List of the oldest hospitals in the United States
List of the oldest hospitals in the United States
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List of the oldest hospitals in the United States
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Geographic distribution of the oldest active hospitals (established pre-1900) in the United States

The following is a list of the oldest hospitals in the United States, containing extant hospitals in the United States established prior to the year 1900. The dates refer to the foundation or the earliest documented contemporary reference to the hospital.

Hospitals[edit]

Eightteenth century[edit]

Boston Dispensary, 1859
Bellevue Hospital morgue, 1859
Pennsylvania Hospital, 1811
Location of the New York Hospital in 1852
Est. Name Location Notes Ref.
1736 NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue Hospital Center New York City, New York (Manhattan)
40°44′21″N 73°58′31″W / 40.7393°N 73.9753°W / 40.7393; -73.9753 (1736, Bellevue Hospital)
Public hospital. Formerly known as Bellevue Hospital Center. Renamed NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue Hospital Center in November 2015. It is the oldest U.S. hospital in continuous operation. [1]
1736 Charity Hospital New Orleans, Louisiana
29°57′19″N 90°04′41″W / 29.9554°N 90.0780°W / 29.9554; -90.0780 (1736, Charity Hospital)
Defunct public hospital. It was originally named the Hospital of Saint John or L’Hôpital des Pauvres de la Charité (The Charity Hospital for the Poor). Charity Hospital sustained severe flood damage during Hurricane Katrina and was closed. [2]
1751 Pennsylvania Hospital Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
39°56′41.2″N 75°9′22.56″W / 39.944778°N 75.1562667°W / 39.944778; -75.1562667 (1751, Pennsylvania Hospital)
Private, non-profit hospital founded by Ben Franklin. [3]
1771 New York Hospital New York City, New York (Manhattan)
40°50′29″N 73°56′34″W / 40.8413°N 73.9428°W / 40.8413; -73.9428 (1771, New York Hospital)
Public hospital. In 1998 it merged with Presbyterian Hospital to form NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital. [4]
1773 Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Baltimore, Maryland
39°17′34″N 76°33′05″W / 39.2929°N 76.5513°W / 39.2929; -76.5513 (1773, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center)
Teaching hospital. Originally called Baltimore County and Town Almshouse. [5]
1796 Boston Dispensary Boston, Massachusetts
42°20′58″N 71°03′48″W / 42.34951°N 71.06331°W / 42.34951; -71.06331 (1796, Boston Dispensary)
Public hospital. Merged with Tufts Medical Center in 1930 [6]

Nineteeth century[edit]

Est. Name Location Notes Ref.
1804 Candler Hospital Savannah, Georgia
32°01′39″N 81°05′57″W / 32.027365°N 81.099214°W / 32.027365; -81.099214 (1804, Candler Hospital)
It was originally founded in 1804 as a Seamen's Hospital and poor house and eventually became known as Savannah Hospital. Later, it merged with St. Joseph's. It is the second oldest hospital in America in continuous operation. [7][8]
1806 District of Columbia General Hospital Washington, D.C.
38°53′7.70″N 76°58′27.96″W / 38.8854722°N 76.9744333°W / 38.8854722; -76.9744333 (1806, DC General Hospital)
Originally called Washington Infirmary, established by Congress, closed in 2001 [9]
1811 Massachusetts General Hospital Boston, Massachusetts
42°21′46.10″N 71°04′07.07″W / 42.3628056°N 71.0686306°W / 42.3628056; -71.0686306 (1811, Massachusetts General Hospital)
It is the original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. [10]
1811 McLean Hospital Belmont, Massachusetts
42°23′37″N 71°11′28″W / 42.393658°N 71.191075°W / 42.393658; -71.191075 (1811, McLean Hospital)
It was formerly known as Somerville Asylum and Charlestown Asylum. [11]
1813 Friends Hospital Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
40°1′36.25″N 75°5′59.1″W / 40.0267361°N 75.099750°W / 40.0267361; -75.099750 (1813, Friends Hospital)
First private hospital for the insane in the U.S. [12]
1818 University Hospital Augusta, Georgia
33°28′23″N 81°58′55″W / 33.473°N 81.982°W / 33.473; -81.982 (1818, University Hospital)
[13]
1825 Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
39°56′59″N 75°09′26″W / 39.949691°N 75.157124°W / 39.949691; -75.157124 (1825, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital)
Originally founded as the infirmary of the Jefferson Medical college. [14]
1826 General Hospital Society of Connecticut New Haven, Connecticut
41°18′14″N 72°56′10″W / 41.30389°N 72.93611°W / 41.30389; -72.93611 (1826, Yale New Haven Hospital)
Originally founded as General Hospital Society of Connecticut. Merged with Grace Hospital in 1945. Now known as Yale New Haven Hospital [15]
1830 Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Portsmouth, Virginia
36°50′51″N 76°18′17″W / 36.84750°N 76.30472°W / 36.84750; -76.30472 (1830, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth)
The oldest continuously running hospital in the US Navy [16]
1832 City Hospital New York City, New York (Manhattan)
40°45′11″N 73°57′31″W / 40.75306°N 73.95861°W / 40.75306; -73.95861 (1832, City Hospital)
[17]
1835 John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County Chicago, Illinois
41°52′20″N 87°40′29″W / 41.87222°N 87.67472°W / 41.87222; -87.67472 (1835, John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County)
[18]
1839 Lincoln Hospital New York City, New York (Bronx)
40°49′N 73°55′W / 40.817°N 73.917°W / 40.817; -73.917 (1839, Lincoln Hospital)
Originally called The Home for the Colored Aged [19]
1844 Butler Hospital Providence, Rhode Island
41°50′46.68″N 71°23′09.93″W / 41.8463000°N 71.3860917°W / 41.8463000; -71.3860917 (1844, Butler Hospital)
[20]
1847 Mercy Hospital Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
40°26′11″N 79°59′06″W / 40.4363°N 79.9851°W / 40.4363; -79.9851 (1847, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center)
now known as University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mercy [21]
1848 Trenton Psychiatric Hospital Trenton, New Jersey
40°14′46″N 74°48′18″W / 40.246°N 74.805°W / 40.246; -74.805 (1848, Trenton Psychiatric Hospital)
Founded by Dorothea Lynde Dix on May 15, 1848, it was the first public mental hospital in the state of New Jersey. It previously operated under the name New Jersey State Hospital at Trenton and originally as the New Jersey State Lunatic Asylum. [22]
1850 San Francisco General Hospital San Francisco, California
37°45′20″N 122°24′18″W / 37.75556°N 122.40500°W / 37.75556; -122.40500 (1850, San Francisco General Hospital)
[23]
1850 Wheeling Hospital Wheeling, West Virginia
40°03′31.5″N 80°41′03.8″W / 40.058750°N 80.684389°W / 40.058750; -80.684389 (1850, Wheeling hospital)
[24]
1852 Touro Infirmary New Orleans, Louisiana
29°55′33″N 90°05′32″W / 29.925841°N 90.092261°W / 29.925841; -90.092261 (1852, Touro Infirmary)
It is best known for its Family Birthing Center and for founding the first rehabilitation program. [25][26]
1853 St. Joseph's Hospital St. Paul, Minnesota
44°56′57″N 93°6′0″W / 44.94917°N 93.10000°W / 44.94917; -93.10000 (1853, St. Joseph's Hospital)
[27][28]
1854 Grace Hospital New Haven, Connecticut
41°18′14″N 72°56′10″W / 41.30389°N 72.93611°W / 41.30389; -72.93611 (1826, Yale New Haven Hospital)
Merged with Yale-New Haven Hospital in 1945. [29][15]
1854 Hartford Hospital Hartford, Connecticut
1856 St. Vincent Medical Center Los Angeles, California
1856 Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center Spokane, Washington
1857 Lenox Hill Hospital New York City, New York (Manhattan)
1858 St. Joseph Community Hospital Vancouver, Washington Merged PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, 2010 [30]
1858 Long Island College Hospital New York City, New York (Brooklyn
1859 Kalamazoo Regional Psychiatric Hospital Kalamazoo, Michigan
1859 The Queen's Medical Center Honolulu, Hawaii
1860 Denver Health Medical Center Denver, Colorado
1861 Staten Island University Hospital New York City, New York (Staten Island)
1862 Oregon State Hospital Salem, Oregon [31]
1863 Rhode Island Hospital Providence, Rhode Island
1863 Harper Hospital Detroit, Michigan
1864 Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Began as the Jewish hospital for aged, infirm and destitute. [32][33]
1865 St. Vincent Charity Medical Center Cleveland, Ohio St. Vincent Charity Medical Center
1864 Boston City Hospital Boston, Massachusetts Merged Boston Medical Center, 1996
1864 Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota
44°1′20″N 92°28′0″W / 44.02222°N 92.46667°W / 44.02222; -92.46667 (1864, Mayo Clinic)
Noted for the content of integrated multispecialty practice. [34][35]
1866 St. Barnabas Hospital (Bronx) New York City, New York (The Bronx) Began as the Home for the Incurables
1866 St. Elizabeth's Medical Center (Boston) Brighton, Massachusetts
1866 University Hospitals Case Medical Center Cleveland, Ohio
1867 Saint Michael's Medical Center Newark, New Jersey
1867 Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Cheyenne, Wyoming
1868 Hutzel Women's Hospital Detroit, Michigan
1869 St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center Syracuse, New York
1869 University of Michigan Health System Ann Arbor, Michigan
1870 Children's National Medical Center Washington, D. C. Formerly referred to as D.C. Children's Hospital [36]
1871 Western State Hospital Lakewood, Washington
1872 Providence St. John Hospital Detroit, Michigan
1873 St. Patrick Hospital Missoula, Montana
1874 Maine Medical Center Portland, Maine
1875 Providence St. Vincent Hospital Portland, Oregon [37]
1875 Good Samaritan Hospital Portland, Oregon Merged Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, 1989
1875 St. Mary's of Michigan Medical Center Saginaw, Michigan
1875 Butterworth Hospital Grand Rapids, Michigan
1875 Napa State Hospital Napa, California
1876 OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Peoria, Illinois
1876 Santa Clara Valley Medical Center San Jose, California
1877 Bridgeport Hospital Bridgeport, Connecticut [15]
1877 Harborview Medical Center Seattle, Washington
1877 Montana State Hospital Warm Springs, Montana
1878 Roger Williams Medical Center Providence, Rhode Island
1878 St. Helena Hospital St. Helena, California
1879 The University of Vermont Medical Center Burlington, Vermont Founded as Mary Fletcher Hospital [38]
1883 Sinai-Grace Hospital Detroit, Michigan
1883 Springfield Hospital Springfield, Massachusetts Merged Baystate Health, 1986
1884 Montefiore Home for Chronic Invalids New York City, New York (The Bronx) Now Montefiore Medical Center
1884 Memorial Hospital New York City, New York (Manhattan) Now Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
1885 Traverse City State Hospital Traverse City, Michigan
1885 North Dakota State Hospital Jamestown, North Dakota
1885 Agnews Developmental Center Santa Clara, California
1885 Good Samaritan Hospital Los Angeles, California
1885 Terrell State Hospital Terrell, Texas
1886 Children's Hospital of Michigan Detroit, Michigan
1886 Grace Hospital Seattle, Washington
1886 Bartlett Regional Hospital Juneau, Alaska
1887 Providence St. Peter Hospital Olympia, Washington
1889 Johns Hopkins Hospital Baltimore, Maryland
1889 Flagler Hospital Saint Augustine, Florida
1890 Jefferson Healthcare Hospital Port Townsend, Washington
1890 Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center New York City, New York (The Bronx)
1890 Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego, California
1891 Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Grand Rapids, Michigan
1891 Eastern State Hospital Medical Lake, Washington
1892 St. Ignatius Hospital Colfax, Washington [39]
1892 Huntington Hospital Pasadena, California
1893 Presbyterian Hospital Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Merged University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 1908
1893 Adventist Medical Center Portland, Oregon [40]
1894 Parkland Memorial Hospital Dallas, Texas
1894 Winona Health Winona, Minnesota
1896 Sparrow Hospital Lansing, Michigan
1896 Deaconess Hospital Spokane, Washington
1897 St. Elizabeth Hospital Baker City, Oregon [41]
1898 Georgetown University Hospital Washington, D.C. Merged MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, 2000
1898 Gritman Medical Center Moscow, Idaho
1899 Calvary Hospital (Bronx) New York City, New York (The Bronx)
1899 Walla Walla General Hospital Walla Walla, Washington

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