Blythedale has been focused on improving the health and quality of life of children for more than 120 years. The Hospital was founded in 1891 by members of the Ethical Culture Society in New York’s Westchester County. In 1922, Blythedale moved to its current location in Valhalla from nearby Hawthorne. During the 1960s, Blythedale became an accredited hospital. In addition to medical treatment, the Hospital’s founders wanted to provide educational services to hospital patients who might otherwise be unable to attend school. As a result, the Mt. Pleasant Blythedale Union Free School District (Mt. Pleasant Blythedale UFSD) was established in 1971 to help hospitalized children develop social skills and independence during this critical period in their lives.
Since its inception, Blythedale has been on the forefront of caring for patients with emerging medical concerns, from tuberculosis and polio in our earliest days to emerging medical disorders today. As advances in medicine have led to children surviving premature birth, and catastrophic illness and injury in ever greater numbers, the Hospital is committed to providing the finest in clinical and rehabilitative care to help children return to their families and communities as soon as possible.
Today, Blythedale is one of only 19 pediatric specialty hospitals in the United States. We are the only independent, freestanding hospital in New York State dedicated exclusively to the care and treatment of children with complex medical illnesses and the only hospital in the state with a K-12 Special Act School District on site. Blythedale was the first hospital to develop a post-NICU/PICU program and we are a nationally recognized leader in developing innovative, multi-disciplinary programs for pediatric patients. We continue our long tradition of compassionate, child-focused care in which families are important partners in their child’s health.
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