University of Pennsylvania Health System

Penn Medicine's history of patient care began more than two centuries ago with the founding of the nation’s first hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital, in 1751 and the nation's first medical school at the University of Pennsylvania in 1765. Penn Medicine has pioneered medical frontiers with a staff comprised of innovators who have dedicated their lives to advancing medicine through excellence in education, research and patient care.

When you choose Penn Medicine, you benefit from more than two centuries of the highest standards in patient care, education and research. The caliber of comfort and individual attention you receive is unmatched by any other hospital in the Mid-Atlantic region.

We are consistently recognized nationally and internationally for excellence in health care. The cornerstone of our reputation is our medical and support staff, who choose to dedicate their careers to serving the needs of our patients and community.

We promote innovation and teaching excellence. We advance medical science through research and create the next generation of leaders in medicine. The results of these efforts are passed directly onto you, our patient.

Visit the Health and Wellness blog to learn how we're working towards an even more precise and personalized practice of health care.

Our Mission

We are a world-renowned academic medical center, and strive to improve the health and well-being of people through research, education, clinical care and community service. We are proud of our commitment to service and strive to use discovery and rigorous research to benefit our neighborhoods, our city and our world. We embrace the opportunity to teach others, to learn from our partners, and to care for patients with skill and dignity.


Pennsylvania Hospital, front of building