Doylestown Hospital is celebrating 90 years of providing compassionate and high-quality care to the community, devoted to the legacy of the hospita's founders.
It all started with an eight-bed hospital in the borough of Doylestown.
The Village Improvement Association (VIA) of Doylestown was the guiding force behind the founding of the original hospital, and still owns and oversees the operation of the hospital today. The first meeting of the VIA was held April 26, 1895 with 14 women present.
The VIA recognized the need for public health initiatives and community healthcare services, and began with the employment of a Visiting Nurse in 1916. The 1918 Spanish Influenza epidemic underscored the need for formalized community-based health care. The VIA, together with local medical professionals and the Doylestown community, opened the Doylestown Emergency Hospital at Pine Street and Oakland Avenue in the heart of the borough on October 9, 1923.
As demand for hospital services increased, Doylestown Emergency Hospital moved to a new location at Belmont Avenue and Spruce Street in Doylestown, in 1939. Originally a 21-bed facility, this hospital expanded to accommodate 54 beds in 1951. As the community grew, a larger facility was needed. Ground was broken in former cow pastures for the new hospital on West State Street in September 1973. The third Doylestown Hospital was dedicated as $12.6 million, 200,000-square foot, 165-bed hospital in November 1975.
Doylestown Hospital currently has 232 patient beds, and its Emergency Department is state of the art. More than 435 physicians practice in over 50 specialty areas, including general and advanced heart care, orthopedics, cancer care, maternal-child health, interventional radiology, gastroenterology, urology, general surgery and robotic surgery.
Yesterday's health care providers could not have imagined just how far the fields of medicine and patient care have advanced. And while facilities and technology have changed dramatically over the years, the hospital and its medical staff, associates and volunteers remain committed to the mission to "provide a responsive, healing environment to our patients and their families, and to improve the quality of life for all members of our community."
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