10 Things to Know About Pennsylvania Hospital

No other hospital in the United States has historical roots like Pennsylvania Hospital, which was founded as the nation's first hospital in Philadelphia in 1751.

Here are 10 things to know about Pennsylvania Hospital.

1. R. Michael Buckley, MD, serves as executive director of Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Buckley is board-certified in infectious diseases and internal medicine.

2. Keith Kasper is senior vice president and CFO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, the parent organization of Pennsylvania Hospital.

3. Pennsylvania Hospital has 520 beds, and as a major teaching and clinical research hospital, it provides several different diagnostic and therapeutic medical services.

4. According to the most recent financial data at the American Hospital Directory, Pennsylvania Hospital's total revenue reached $1.77 billion last year. Net income totaled $31.6 million for a profit margin of 1.8 percent.

5. Pennsylvania Hospital has more than 29,000 inpatient admissions and 115,000 outpatient visits annually, including more than 5,200 births.

6. U.S. News & World Report ranked Pennsylvania Hospital 46th in the country for orthopedics in 2012-2013, and the hospital is also a "high-performing" hospital in seven other adult specialties.

7. Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Bond, MD, founded Pennsylvania Hospital in 1751 as the nation's first hospital to care for the "sick, poor and insane of Philadelphia."

8. John Fothergill, MD, donated the first book to Pennsylvania Hospital's esteemed Historic Medical Library in 1762 — the oldest medical library in the country. In 1847, the American Medical Association designated the hospital's library as the first, largest and most important medical library in the United States. Today, the library contains 8,700 books and 4,500 bound medical journals.

9. Pennsylvania Hospital plays home to several medical firsts and famous physicians. The hospital had the first surgical amphitheatre and one of the first maternity departments. Famous physicians include Phillip Syng Physick, MD, known as the "father of American surgery," and Benjamin Rush, MD, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and known as the "father of American psychiatry."

10. Pennsylvania Hospital has 16 centers of excellence, including one of the few centers specifically focused on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

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