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The Western Pennsylvania Hospital
4800 Friendship Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
412.578.5000

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West Penn Hospital

A Chronology of Firsts

1848 - First public hospital chartered in Pittsburgh

1862 - First to build a hospital for the insane in the area

1863 - First in the area to serve as a veterans hospital

1883 - First in the area to sponsor a medical college

1886 - First area hospital to install a telephone switchboard

1937 - First hospital to develop and use time-lapse photography for research purposes

1959 - First hospital in Pittsburgh to open an intensive care unit

1967 - First in the area to perform a bone marrow transplant

1969 - First non-university hospital in Western Pennsylvania to be accredited in
            continuing medical education by the American Medical Association

1970 - First area hospital to establish medical care on an outpatient basis through the
             Mellon Pavilion Ambulatory Care Facility

1971 - First hospital in Pittsburgh to build a heliport

1980 - First hospital to operate a state-licensed daycare center

1982 - First hospital to operate a state-licensed kindergarten

1982 - First teen and young adult Spina Bifida Clinic in Pennsylvania

1985 - First hospital in the area to open a center dedicated exclusively to breast diagnostic imaging

1995 - First hospital in Pittsburgh totally dedicated to patient-focused care

1997 - First Burn Center in the region to receive verification honors from the American College of
            Surgeons and American Burn Association

2006 - First hospital in Pittsburgh and the region to achieve Magnet Recognition® from the
             American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for excellence in nursing services.

2012 - First hospital in Pittsburgh and the region to earn Magnet redesignation...Sept. 14.   

                                                                    

 

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