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Substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders are caused by the interaction of biological, psychosocial and environmental factors. As with other chronic disorders, treatment is effective and long-term stable recovery is possible. Individualized treatment planning and careful aftercare planning are integral components of treatment, including ongoing involvement with community supports.
Vision, Mission and Values of Eagleville Hospital
Eagleville Hospital will be recognized as a unique Center of Excellence for Co-Occurring Disorders treatment.
Eagleville Hospital is committed to providing comprehensive, person-centered behavioral health treatment for consumers, who suffer from substance use disorders, co-occurring medical and psychiatric conditions, and primary mental illness. Our mission is to enhance the health status of the people we serve by providing compassionate, high quality services that will alleviate suffering and lead to recovery. This is accomplished with convenient and welcoming access to a continuum of care provided by caring, competent professionals trained in evidence-based best practices.
Services are provided in multiple settings, including an acute psychiatric co-occurring unit, a specialized acute unit for geriatric patients, physician-directed medical detoxification and rehabilitation units with 24 hour nursing coverage; short and moderate stay residential care programs.
Guiding Principles / Values:
- Caring, compassionate approach
- Honest appraisal of individual contribution
- Respectful communication
- Collaboration and teamwork
- Shared responsibility by departments and “practice units”
- Ability to make critical choices
History of Eagleville Hospital
The legacy of Eagleville Hospital began nearly a century ago on February 8, 1909, when a group of philanthropists gathered at the home of Dr. Abraham J. Cohen in Philadelphia. Their goal was to open a sanatorium near Philadelphia that would treat indigent individuals suffering from tuberculosis, which was the leading cause of death in Europe and North America. At that time, substance abuse was not recognized as a disease requiring treatment. Known also as the "white plague," tuberculosis did not discriminate; it imposed itself on all levels of society. Unfortunately, impoverished individuals who were afflicted with the disease had a low chance of survival because treatment options were limited and costly.
Under the direction of Dr. Cohen and several other professionals, the groundwork for such a challenging and ambitious project came to fruition. The group purchased a country farm from one of Dr. Cohen’s former tuberculosis patients, who had recovered from the disease and returned to their Philadelphia residence. One of Dr. Cohen’s original supporters, Solomon C. Krauss, offered the owner $100 of his own money as a down payment on the land which was obtained for $6,500.
As one of the founders of the Philadelphia Jewish Sanatorium for Consumptives, as it was first called, Mr. Krauss and other dedicated and generous individuals, began the transformation of a country farm into a fully operational tuberculosis hospital. Less than eight months from the first meeting, on September 16, 1909 the sanatorium opened its doors to four patients. Those suffering from the white plague received unparalleled treatment and compassion during their stay at the sanatorium. Through the decades the sanatorium continued to grow. In 1959, the sanatorium celebrated "Fifty Years of Progress in the Treatment of Tuberculosis."
The sanatorium was affiliated with several professional organizations, and was a member of the Philadelphia Hospital Council, the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania, the American Hospital Association, Delaware Valley Hospital Council, and the Federation of Jewish Agencies.
By the mid-1960s there were numerous changes in the medical field. The state had taken over the treatment of tuberculosis, and streptomycin and other antibiotics were discovered to effectively treat tuberculosis. Eagleville had to seriously reconsider its mission as a tuberculosis sanatorium. After discovering that many tuberculosis patients also suffered from chronic alcoholism, the board members agreed to convert the facility into a specialized treatment center for men who suffered from addiction to alcohol. On July 28, 1965 the sanatorium officially changed its name to Eagleville Hospital, specializing in the treatment of alcohol addiction.
In 1968, Eagleville pioneered a new approach to addiction treatment adding a program for drug addiction. The treatment programs were expanded in 1969 when Eagleville admitted the first women to the hospital for the treatment of substance abuse. Eagleville’s growth as a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility progressed to include a variety of community outreach programs. To become more accessible to individuals suffering from addiction, the hospital established a halfway house and a day hospital in Norristown, and counseling and therapy programs for prisoners at Graterford. The hospital also initiated education programs such as the Montgomery County Community Day School program, which offered an alternative to institutionalization for troubled adolescents. Eagleville was also instrumental in the creation of a performance based master's degree program in human services offered through Lincoln University. The program accepted students on the basis of proven experience and requisite academic skills.
In 1975, Eagleville opened Family House, a nationally recognized program that provided residential treatment for recovering alcoholics and drug addicted women and their children. Although it is no longer under the management of Eagleville, Family House continues to fulfill its original mission. Through the decades, Eagleville has earned national recognition and attracted medical students and doctors from around the world interested in learning about the Hospital's treatment techniques.
Governed by the Eagleville Foundation, Eagleville Hospital is state licensed and accredited with commendation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Eagleville Hospital provides a variety of programs including medically supervised detoxification, specialized inpatient programs for men and women, a medical specialty unit, dual diagnosis programs, and non-hospital programs.
Over the years, healthcare systems have experienced many changes. However, under the inspired leadership of the Eagleville Foundation, Eagleville Hospital continues the mission which began over a century ago. Eagleville continues to offer high quality residential care to those in need of treatment for alcohol and drug addiction. Eagleville Hospital continues to provide new and better ways to treat addictive disease, using the most recent techniques, delivered by skilled professionals.
Executive Team and Board Members
Charity Care Policy
Statement of Organizational Ethics
Eagleville's Notice of Privacy Practices
Eagleville Hospital is committed to providing the highest level of patient care services. Anyone believing they have issues concerning safety and/or quality care at Eagleville Hospital is encouraged to contact the Hospital's management at (610) 635-7605. If your concerns are not resolved to your satisfaction, you may also contact the Joint Commission, Office of Quality Monitoring at 1-800-944-6610, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org