1910-2010: Taylor Hospital Celebrates 100 Years of Caring
- Taylor Hospital celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2010.
- Over the course of 100 years, the hospital has grown from a humble three-bed residence to a 156-bed facility with specialized services — such as orthopedic, sleep, cardiovascular, diagnostic imaging and emergency services, and much more.
- Activities and historical displays are planned to commemorate the hospital’s anniversary.
Taylor Hospital, 1910
One hundred years ago, a local surgeon and his wife saw the need to expand their three-bed Ridley Park hospital — opened only one year earlier. Horace Furness Taylor, M.D. and Katherine Manly Taylor, R.N., operated a successful hospital out of their Ridley Park home, but demand was continually stretching the modest hospital's capacity to its limit.
So, on February 10, 1910, the Taylors opened their new 10-bed hospital in a home they had purchased the year before. On May 21 of that same year, a charter was granted to Taylor Hospital “for medical and surgical treatment of the sick and injured...” Some of the procedures performed at that time are still done today — including tonsillectomy, appendectomy, fracture repair and hernia repair.
Over the years, the Taylors continued to expand their hospital in size and services. One hundred years later, Taylor Hospital is still a pillar in its community with leaders who strive — just like Dr. Taylor did — to offer the most current therapies to its patients.
“Dr. Taylor was a well-known, well-respected physician and surgeon,” says Diane Miller, president of Taylor Hospital. “His tireless commitment to the people of our community went well beyond Ridley Park’s boundaries. He was very forward-thinking for his time; as a medical practitioner as well as a businessman. Dr. Taylor did not believe in the ‘status quo’ — he was always in search of the next great development that he could offer his patients. Today, we aim to carry on that ‘tradition of caring’ and deliver the same kind of service to our patients.”
Today, Taylor Hospital is known and respected for its full range of inpatient and outpatient services — including cardiovascular, medical imaging, orthopedic, general surgery and much more.
Taylor also is a Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center, offers round-the-clock emergency services (including a “fast track” area for patients with less-complex problems), and is home to the oldest nationally accredited sleep center in the Greater Delaware Valley (serving the community for more than 30 years). In addition, Taylor is a pioneer in physical medicine and rehabilitation, having opened one of the region’s first inpatient Rehabilitation Units nearly 30 years ago. The unit was recently expanded to 30 beds.
In observance of the hospital’s truly special milestone, a steering committee comprised of Taylor administrators, managers, physicians and staff has been charged with planning a series of events and activities to recognize the hospital's centennial. Historical displays and publications will be made available to the community, activities will be held at the hospital, and a special giving campaign will be initiated by the hospital’s Foundation department.
“It is a great feeling to be able to call Taylor Hospital ‘home,’ says Gregory Cuculino, M.D., chairman of the Emergency Department and president of the Medical and Dental Staff. “Each day I come to work at a place that has a strong foundation in the community and that has been providing excellent medical care to the community for the last 100 years. My grandmother got her medical care at Taylor and I did as well when I was younger. Now I am privileged to serve as President of the Medical Staff.
“Taylor has a tradition of caring and providing the highest quality medical care possible,” Cuculino adds. “We are lucky to have people that want to see that continue. Each and every doctor, nurse, administrator, employee and volunteer at Taylor make it a special place. It has been that way for 100 years beginning with its founders and will continue for another 100 years.”
“We will continue to blaze new trails and seek out more advanced treatments to offer our patients,” Miller says. “Dr. Taylor left an indelible mark on his community and we intend to continue his legacy into the next century of caring.”