Germantown Hospital and Community Health Services records
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In 1864, a group of prominent individuals and physicians of Germantown began discussing the possibility of a cottage hospital. These individuals included Mrs. Pauline E. Henry and her personal physician Dr. Owen Wistar. Germantown Hospital was incorporated in 1870 as a dispensary and hospital. It offered free advice and medicine, as well as nursing care at home or in the hospital for the poor of Germantown and the immediate vicinity. A School of Nursing opened in 1892. It became a three-year course in 1895. By 1908 there were 35 nurses in the training school. After a decline in the 1950s, the number of students rebounded. LaSalle College affiliated with the School of Nursing in 1969 to facilitate the degree-granting trend.
In 1902 the Nurses’ Alumnae Association was organized.
The Germantown Hospital School of Nursing was closed in 1998. In 1999 an announcement was made that the inpatient acute care patients of Germantown Hospital would be moved to Albert Einstein Medical Center and that the hospital premises would be used as a skilled nursing facility.
Gift of the Nurses Alumni Association of the Germantown Hospital and Medical Center, 2003.
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- Germantown Hospital (Philadelphia, Pa.).
- Nurses Alumni Association of the Germantown Hospital and Medical Center.
- University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
- Finding Aid Author
- Finding aid prepared by Gail E. Farr, updated by Bethany Myers
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