WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11: FIRST U.S. HOSPITAL
Profile America -- Friday, February 11th. Among his many achievements, Benjamin Franklin played a leading role in the founding of America's first hospital. Together with Dr. Thomas Bond, he obtained a charter for a hospital to serve the poor, sick, and insane in Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Hospital opened on this date in 1752, in a converted house. Its first special building was finished four years later at a location where a modern medical complex still serves the city. During its long history, the hospital's doctors have made advances in many fields, becoming known as "the father" of both American psychiatry and also of surgery. Today, there are more than 5,800 hospitals in the U.S. and 650,000 Americans are in these facilities on an average day. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 4868
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 168
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau