Celebrating 130 years at Bryn Mawr Hospital

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Bryn Mawr Hospital was established in 1893 by Dr. George S. Gerhard, a beloved Ardmore physician who saw a need for a public hospital on the Main Line. When Bryn Mawr Hospital first opened its doors to the public, the hospital only had capacity for twenty patients and was staffed by just three physicians. However, by the early 1900s Bryn Mawr was already admitting about 200 patients annually, and was seen as a beacon for the communities of the Main Line.

One hundred and thirty years later, we continue to uphold our commitment to compassionate care and have built upon our rich legacy of physician and nursing excellence. Today Bryn Mawr Hospital still serves as a vital part of the community and continues its mission to provide a comprehensive range of safe, high quality services that meet the health care needs and improve the quality of life of the neighborhoods we serve.

original hospital circa 1893

1893 – The year Bryn Mawr Hospital opened.

1894 – The First Annual Report which published contributors and their donations is released.

1901 – The hospital begun to show signs of its first pains of growth, and began construction on a new wing which was called the Garrett Memorial Wing.

1905 – The first nursing class is assembled with nine students.

April 1905 – The pathology laboratory building was completed.

1908 – Bryn Mawr Hospital School of nursing graduates its first class.

Bryn Mawr Hospital ambulance cira 1909

1911 – The new wing for free patients was completed; this addition doubled the previous capacity for ward patients.

1917 – The Junior Branch of the Social Services Department provided and catalogued the medical library for use in the hospital. This is the first record of the library at the hospital.

1919 – The Devon Horse Show selects Bryn Mawr Hospital as its sole beneficiary.

1924 – The new maternity building was handed over by the Board of Lady Visitors to the trustees of the Bryn Mawr Hospital.

Bryn Mawr hospital cornerstone being laid circa 1927

1928 – The corner of the new hospital was laid.

1929 – Bryn Mawr Hospital acquires a full block on Old Lancaster Avenue.

1938 – Medical history occurred when the first blood bank in the United States was established at Bryn Mawr Hospital under the supervision of Dr. Max Strumia.

1950 – The medical office building was opened for use.

1952 – A 120 housing nurses' home was opened for occupancy; the facilities included were an auditorium, a library, classrooms, and several lounges.

the first wins born at Bryn Mawr Hospital circa 1923
1953 – C wing was opened with four floors and 119 beds.

1965 – Ground broke for a multi-million dollar building and extensive modernization program.

1966 – The first open-heart procedure at Bryn Mawr Hospital takes place.
Doctors in the coronary care unit circa 1968

1968 – The coronary care unit was opened.

1985 – Bryn Mawr Hospital helped to form the Main Line Health system, becoming one of the region's largest hospital systems.

1990 – Four-story E-wing which houses the labor-delivery-recovery rooms was opened.

2002 – Andrea Gilbert became the president of Bryn Mawr Hospital.

2007 – Bryn Mawr Hospital renovated and enlarged it's emergency department.

artist rendering of Bryn Mawr hospital new pavilion

2016 – Bryn Mawr Hospital broke ground for a new Patient Pavilion which will include a new intensive care unit, two medical/surgical telemetry units, all new operating rooms, a 25-bed maternity unit, all new labor and delivery unit, a neonatal intensive care unit.

2017 – Bryn Mawr Hospital renovated and renamed the pediatric wing; now named the Lori Beth Brodsky Pediatric Wing.

2018 – Bryn Mawr Hospital celebrates its 125th Anniversary.

2019 – The new Patient Pavilion opens at Bryn Mawr Hospital.

2020 – John Schwarz becomes the president of Bryn Mawr Hospital.

2022 – The Inpatient Psychiatric Unit, a newly expanded 40 bed unit for those suffering from behavioral health issues, at Bryn Mawr Hospital opens.

2023 – Bryn Mawr Hospital will celebrate 130 years.

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