Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
Inducted in 1988
One of the nation's Founding Fathers, Franklin led the charge for the nation's first hospital: Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. He helped found the hospital with Thomas Bond, a physician, in 1751 to care for the “sick-poor and insane of Philadelphia.” Franklin was a newly elected member of the Pennsylvania Assembly at the time. Unable to get the assembly to agree to sign off on providing 2,000 pounds as startup costs, Franklin was able to get the assembly to sign off on matching the sum if he were able to get Philadelphians to come up with the money. The multitalented politician was able to raise 2,750 pounds. Eventually Franklin would serve as Pennsylvania Hospital's president from 1755 to 1757.