Commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the very first hospital in 1923

Under sunny skies on October 9, 2023, Doylestown Health honored the founders of Doylestown Hospital, the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown (VIA), and generations of people who have made the hospital what it is today. The ceremony proudly commemorated the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the very first Doylestown Emergency Hospital on October 9, 1923, and acknowledged the impact that the VIA and the community have had on the hospital and the health system – honoring past, present, and a bright future.
The community-wide celebration, attended by Doylestown Health medical staff, Associates, volunteers, and community members, featured the raising of a commemorative centennial flag, designed by a Doylestown Health Associate and chosen by the VIA, on the Doylestown Hospital campus. The Central Bucks High School West marching band and Lenape Middle School choir performed specially chosen musical selections prior to remarks by Doylestown Health President and CEO James L. Brexler, FACHE; as well as VIA President Helen Hammes; and Marianne Chabot, Chair of the Boards, Doylestown Hospital and Doylestown Health Foundation.
Linking the original hospital dedication ceremony to the present day, Jim Brexler shared remarks given by Dr. Frank Swarztlander, a community physician and early partner of the VIA, from the Doylestown Emergency Hospital dedication on October 9, 1923. At the time, Dr. Swartzlander remarked, “This is the consummation of a long effort, we have the equipment for an 8-bed hospital, if you people have the gumption to run it…Then we will see it grow and grow and keep on growing until it comes to fill a place in the community that it will not be possible to do without.”
Brexler also spoke to the hospital’s exciting future, recognizing the extraordinary efforts of the VIA, the Doylestown community, generous partners, the Doylestown Health family, and a century of widespread community support. “Because of you, we have prepared ourselves to harness all of these advancements and walk confidently into our second century,” said Brexler.
Special thanks to the Lenape Middle School choir and the Central Bucks High School West marching band music directors and students who lent their tremendous musical talent to the celebration.

Founded by the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown (VIA), Doylestown Health is celebrating 100 years of caring for our community from our start as an eight-bed hospital in 1923 to an award-winning, comprehensive healthcare system. Learn about Doylestown Hospital’s unique history, share your Doylestown Health story, and support our mission at


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