Hospital Timeline

1867
Poughkeepsie chosen as site for the Hudson River Asylum
1869
Main Building designed by Vaux, Withers and Co
1871
First 7 patients admitted
1886
HRSH School of Nursing founded
1889
Central Group and Edgewood opened
1891
Cottages built for additional patients
1898
North Wing added to Main Building
1906
Our Lady of Rosary Chapel opened
1908
Inwood + Pilgrim Hall opened
Acute Unit for assessment & short term treatment featuring Hydrotherapy opened
1914
Hospital farm opened
1918
Outpatient clinics in Poughkeepsie, Peekskill, Mt. Vernon & Yonkers opened
1924
Cleveland Home opened
1926
Avery Chapel opened
1930
Infirmary opened, later named Brookside
1931
Avery Home opened
1934
Hillcrest School for children opened
1935
Ryon Hall opened
1938
Insulin therapy started
1946
Formal training of food service personnel
1952
Clarence O Cheney memorial building opened
1954
Ross Pavilion opened, housed psychiatric patient with tuberculosis
1955
Census of nearly 6,000
1957
Lobotomy / Insulin Therapy – discontinued
1960
90% of wards unlocked
Dutchess County first geographic based unit opened
1971
Rehab Center opened (later dedicated to Herman B. Snow)
1982
1st HRPC Historical Museum established
1989
Main Building added to National Historic Landmark registry
1994
Consolidation with Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center
2001
Closing of HRPC lower campus
2002
Alliance House opened – New crisis residence
2003
Jean Wolfersteig MSPS
Executive Director 2003-Present
2004
Rededication of HRPC Historical Museum – May 19th, 2004

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