Butler Hospital

Butler Hospital
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Butler Hospital is located in Rhode Island
Butler Hospital
Butler Hospital is located in the United States
Butler Hospital
Location345 Blackstone Boulevard, 76000041[1]
Added to NRHPOctober 8, 1976

Butler Hospital is a private, non-profit, psychiatric and substance abuse hospital for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors, located at 345 Blackstone Boulevard in Providence, Rhode Island. The hospital is affiliated with the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and is the flagship for Brown University's renowned department of psychiatry.[2] Butler Hospital was a founding member, along with Women & Infants Hospital and Kent Hospital, of the Care New England health system in 1996.[3]


Butler Hospital, 1886
Isaac Ray, M.D., first superintendent of the hospital

The facility was founded in 1844 as Rhode Island's first exclusively mental health hospital. Industrialist Cyrus Butler donated heavily to the hospital, and it was named in his honor. Local Yankee philanthropist Nicholas Brown, Jr. also bequeathed a large amount of money to construct a mental health hospital which was used to fund the early hospital.[4] Butler Hospital's Gothic Revival complex was built beginning with its founding in 1844, and includes a 1731 farmhouse that stood on the property when it was acquired by the hospital.[5] The hospital complex was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

In 1996, Butler Hospital joined with Women & Infants Hospital and Kent Hospital to create the Care New England Health System in order to continually improve the health and well-being of the people in the communities they serve.[3]

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