History of Winchester Hospital

Our story is rooted in a tradition of delivering quality care to our communities

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The history of Winchester Hospital spans more than a century and reflects what “community hospital” is all about. Over the decades, Winchester Hospital is proud to have been supported by our generous and faithful community.

In 1912, the Winchester Visiting Nurse Association opened the first Winchester Hospital in the three-story Todd House on Washington Street. With 12 beds, the new hospital immediately flourished, making it obvious that the community needed a larger hospital.

In the early fall of 1913, a canvass of the town generated $22,000, and the next spring, a group of businessmen raised an additional $25,000. With these funds, the Winchester Visiting Nurses purchased a 5.5-acre tract of land bordered by Highland Avenue, Valley Road, Maple Street and Fairmount Street.

Officers and Committee members of the Winchester Visiting Nurse Association laid the cornerstone of today’s Winchester Hospital on May 18, 1916. The new, 44-bed Winchester Hospital admitted its first patient on May 28, 1917, and we never looked back.

A Long History Supported by a Commitment to Quality

As a patient-first organization, Winchester Hospital has always been at the cutting edge of the healthcare industry. We were the first community hospital in eastern Massachusetts to perform robotic surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System, and in 2003, we became the first community hospital in Massachusetts to receive Magnet Recognition.

Although the buildings and technology have changed over the years, our caregivers’ dedication to delivering quality patient care has remained the same. That commitment makes Winchester Hospital what it is today – an award-winning, full-service hospital with state-of-the-art technology delivered with a personal touch.