Blossburg State Hospital

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Blossburg State Hospital
Established 1887
Construction Began 1890
Current Status Closed
Building Style Single Building
Alternate Names *Cottage State Hospital



NOTE: Blossburg State Hospital was one of many hospitals that Pennsylvania established for coal miners, these hospitals were also referred to as State General Hospitals, this hospital was not a psychiatric facility.


Established June 14, 1887, the Blossburg State Hospital was also known as Cottage State Hospital. The first hospital building in 1890 was a cottage style frame structure housing 15 beds. Situated on a hilltop overlooking a community of 2,000 persons, the state institution originally was intended to serve miners and their families in that bituminous and semi-bituminous coal region. In the mid 20th century a new, light brick hospital building was built. The new facility had fully equipped operating rooms, deliver rooms, laboratory, X-ray and deep therapy department, administrative offices, kitchen and dietetic services. Although its capacity was only 90 beds, it had taken care of a larger number of patients than that at one time. The hospital was closed September 19, 1972, most of the newer buildings are still in existence today (2008). The main "Clinic" building is now used for adminstrative ofices of the Laurel Health System.


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