Helen Hayes Hospital has been here for over one hundred and ten years responding to the needs of very special patients. Founded in 1900 by Dr. Newton Shaffer, it was the first freestanding state operated hospital dedicated to the treatment of individuals with physical disabilities.
Since its establishment, Helen Hayes Hospital has continued to evolve and reinvent itself to meet the needs of its very special patients.
- 1900 tuberculosis epidemic
- 1920s polio in children
- 1944 polio epidemic: adults and children
- 1960s congenital abnormalities and children with cerebral palsy
Since that time, services include physical rehabilitation from strokes, spinal cord and brain injury, amputation and other orthopedic diagnoses.
Helen Hayes MacArthur, First Lady of the American Theater, became involved with the hospital and in 1944 was appointed to the Board of Visitors. In 1974 the hospital was named for this great lady.
Since those early years the hospital has continued to evolve to meet the most complex of challenges and still remain relevant. The name, the buildings and the technology have changed, but we remain dedicated to our patients addressing their unique needs and celebrating their achievements.
Through you generous contributions and unwavering support, Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation has been able to purchase high tech equipment, provide departmental grants, educational programs and build a state of the art “Smart Apartment” with cutting edge communicative technology.
As a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization, it is our sole mission to address the needs of Helen Hayes Hospital that are not met by traditional funding.