Grand View Hospital

The Founding of Grand View Hospital

A rainy Sunday afternoon brought three medical men – Dr. Walter H. Brown, Dr. William J. Wilkinson, and Dr. Alfred E. Fretz – together at a home in Richlandtown. An earnest discussion regarding the future of medical care for the people in the area extending from Quakertown to Lansdale brought about a decision to bring the matter before the North Penn Clinical Society. Interest in the new idea grew from physicians present at local monthly Society meetings, and the property – which was comprised of a large home, a small frame dwelling, a small storage house, a barn, and the surrounding farm land – previously in operation as a private sanitarium by Dr. James Pursell, was purchased as the site of the new Grand View Hospital.

“…a group of people foresaw the helplessness of a community which depended solely on distant cities for their hospital needs. They felt that, in the case of urgency, where life and death depended upon immediate hospital attention, it would be criminal to shirk this responsibility any longer. A small beginning was the result – establishing the small building near the present site as a private sanitarium. It was chartered by a group of physicians with a capital of $10,000.00.”

The hospital consisted of eight small rooms. First floor – reception room, operating room, two bedrooms, and kitchen; second floor – three bedrooms, a tiny bathroom, and a narrow stairway. During the early days of the hospital, there were no established fees or charges for rooms or nurses’ services, use of the operating room, surgeons’ fees or other medical attention. Each patient’s payment was made to fit their financial rating. Any budget deficiencies were paid by the physicians.

- From History of Grand View Hospital by Walter J. Hendricks

Dr. H.C.Grim, Dr. Wm. G. Moyer, Dr. C.A. Paulus, Dr. O.H. Strouse

These four doctors, members of the Grand View Hospital Staff, have given over 134 years of service to the hospital. Doctors Grim, Moyer, and Strouse are founders of the hospital. Doctor Paulus joined the staff in 1918 after serving in the Army. Each served as head of the respective department,— Doctor Grim, Chief of the Department of Surgery for 25 years; Doctor Moyer, Chief of the Department of Anaesthesia for 31 years; Doctor Paulus, Chief of the Department of Medicine for 21 years; and Doctor Strouse, Chief of the Department of Roentgenology and Physiotherapy for 34 years.

Founders

GVH TIMELINE
  • Grand View History - Video

    1913

  • Remembering a First, 1917

    1917

  • Depression, 1932

    1932

  • Maternity/Pediatrics - Video

    1939

  • community oil painting

    1952

  • Mary Afflerbach - Video

    1963

  • First Ortho Specialist, 1965

    1965

  • Drs. Levin/Generations - Video

    1973

  • Arm Reattachment Video

    1977

  • Hospice, 1981

    1981

  • Pennsburg Outpatient Clinic, 1986

    1986

  • CardioTec, 1992

    1992

  • CHOP Pediatrics, 1996

    1996

  • Flowers Family, 2004

    2004

  • Cath Lab, 2009

    2009

  • Cancer Care - Video

    2012

  • Heart Vascular - Video

    2012

  • Grand View Hospital Three Generations, 2012

    2012

  • Centennial - Full Video

    2012

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    2013

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