Patton State Hospital

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Patton State Hospital
Patton State Hospital, California c. 1899.png
Original Patton State Hospital building, constructed 1893
LocationSan Bernardino, California, United States
Care systemPublic
ListsHospitals in California

Patton State Hospital is a forensic psychiatric hospital in San Bernardino, California, United States. Though the hospital has a Patton, California address, it lies entirely within the San Bernardino city limits.[1][2] Operated by the California Department of State Hospitals [3], Patton State Hospital is a forensic hospital with a licensed bed capacity of 1287 for people who have been committed by the judicial system for treatment.[4]

Established in 1890 and opened in 1893 as the Southern California State Asylum for the Insane and Inebriates, it was renamed Patton State Hospital after Harry Patton, a member of the first Board of Managers, in 1927.[5] The hospital's original structure was built in accordance with the Kirkbride Plan.[6] The original buildings were demolished after they were badly damaged in the earthquake of 1923.[7]


The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of HealthCare Corganizations (JCAHO) [8]


From its opening until 1934, some 2,024 patients died and were buried on the hospital grounds.[9] A memorial for them was erected and in 2011-2012 efforts were under way to identify all the deceased.[10][11]

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  4. ^ "Patton State Hospital - Asylum Projects".
  5. ^ Hurd 1916, p. 50.
  6. ^ Meares, Hadley (November 4, 2015). "'The Insane Asylum': The First Twenty Years of Patton State Hospital". KCET. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  7. ^ "City of San Bernardino - Patton State Hospital".
  8. ^ "Quality Report -".
  9. ^ California Department of State Hospitals: The California Memorial Project Archived 2014-02-02 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Pinion-Whitt, Melissa (October 10, 2011). "Memories set in stone at Patton". San Bernardino Sun.
  11. ^ Pinion-Whitt, Melissa (September 17, 2012). "Family, friends, remember those who died at Patton State Hospital". San Jose Mercury News. The (San Bernardino County) Sun.
  12. ^ Hardesty, Greg. "Shootings recall CSUF ordeal 31 years ago". Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  13. ^ Frank Shyong (20 August 2016). "Cal State Fullerton killer's hospital transfer sparks protests from his victims' families". Los Angeles Times.
  14. ^ "David Attias Released From Patton State Hospital". KEYT. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
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Coordinates: 34°08′17″N 117°12′52″W / 34.1380768°N 117.2145395°W / 34.1380768; -117.2145395