Philadelphia—On a full city block in Society Hill, a short walk from Independence Hall, surrounded by azaleas and wisteria and overseen by a statue of state founder William Penn, sits the original Pennsylvania Hospital, the first hospital in this country. Established on May 11, 1751, by a charter granted by the Pennsylvania legislature through the efforts of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Bond, MD, the hospital this week celebrates 250 years of caring for the community.
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