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Brief Background

Chartered in 1892 as a 10-bed dispensary, Chester County Hospital has been serving Chester County and its surrounding communities for 120 years.

As the community grew, the hospital grew, and by 1918, there were 120 beds, a laboratory, a children's department, and separate buildings for maternity and contagious diseases.

1924 DedicationIn 1918, philanthropist Pierre S. duPont, saddened by the death of friend and employee Lewes A. Mason, donated more than one million dollars to build a hospital in Mr. Mason's honor. The new hospital, Italian Renaissance in style, opened in 1925 with 145 beds. Through the years, the hospital expanded with the addition of new wings and key facilities to keep pace with both the advances in medical technology and the needs of its patients.

The hospital's North Pavilion was dedicated in 1986 to the memory of Mr. and Mrs. Pierre duPont. This state-of-the-art addition houses many of the Hospital's inpatient units, as well as some of the most advanced equipment in Radiology and Emergency Medicine.

1986 EntranceThe Board of Directors volunteers its time and expertise for the best interests of the hospital, and the community governs the Hospital. Chester County Hospital has always prided itself on community service, standing as a tradition in the borough of West Chester. With every phase of growth, its first consideration has been the betterment of the community it serves.

To offer comprehensive programs, Chester County Hospital has partnered with other health care providers who share a common mission and vision - to improve the health status of the community. These affiliations include Cleveland Clinic in cardiac surgery; the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Network in oncology and radiation oncology; The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in neonatal and pediatric care; and the University of Pennsylvania Health System in radiology and maternal fetal medicine services.

In 2012, the Hospital embarked upon an ambitious growth project, which added 93,000 square feet and the potential for 72 new private rooms. Named the Lasko Tower in honor of Vivan and Oscar Lasko, the new wing opened the first 24 beds for Telemetry patients in July 2013 and an additional 24 beds for Surgical Care patients in January 2014. In the spring of 2014, the final unit - Maternity - will be open. The building project also brought new technology to the hospital's Radiation Oncology Department with the installation of a Varian's cutting-edge TrueBeam linear accelerator.

In September 2013, the hospital joined the University of Pennsylvania Health System, making it the fourth hospital to be part of the Penn Medicine family. This partnership gives Chester County Hospital and the patients it serves the resources, knowledge and expertise of one of the top academic health systems in the nation.

Today, the 245-bed complex provides a full range of health services to Chester County and its surrounding areas. Although the Hospital employs the most modern health care techniques and equipment, it maintains a home-like atmosphere. It stands ready to care for all who come to it for sickness, injury, or childbirth, regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual preference or ability to pay.

In addition to our main hospital campus in West Chester, many of our services can be found at satellite locations in Exton, West Goshen, New Garden, Jennersville and Kennett Square.

Last Updated: 1/28/2014