Our History

Aria – Jefferson Health's Early Beginnings…

Our History

The story of Aria – Jefferson Health began in 1902, when a resident of the Frankford section of Philadelphia contracted typhoid fever. The patient's physician, Dr. Joseph Ball, couldn’t find a single hospital in the city to admit his seriously ill patient. Not one of the downtown hospitals had an available bed.

When Dr. Ball learned other Northeast physicians were also having their patients turned away, he began an effort to establish a community hospital that would provide convenient, high-quality medical care to his neighbors.

Named after the neighborhood it would first serve, Frankford Hospital - Frankford (now Aria Health - Frankford Campus) opened its doors on the fourth of July, 1903.

During the decades that followed, Frankford expanded upon Dr. Ball’s founding vision. For over a century, the Hospital introduced many new services to better meet the health needs of its growing communities.

For example, as the Hospital’s service area grew and flourished, Frankford responded by opening a second site in 1977. Almost immediately, Frankford Hospital – Torresdale (now Aria Health - Torresdale Campus) was operating at full capacity, meeting the healthcare needs of families from the Far Northeast and Lower Bucks County.

And, when many families Frankford Hospital had been serving for generations began relocating to Bucks County in the 1980s and 1990s, the Hospital again sought better ways to serve them. In March 1999, Frankford acquired Delaware Valley Medical Center and turned it into its third inpatient site – Frankford Hospital – Bucks County (now Aria Health - Bucks County).

To reflect a expanded, regional vision for health care service delivery in Northeast Philadelphia and Bucks County, Frankford Hospital changed its name to Aria Health in May 2009.

Today, as part of the Jefferson Health system, Aria’s focus on its founding philosophy is clearer than ever before. Now, our physicians, nurses and support personnel provide advanced medicine and personal care at three modern inpatient facilities and three outpatient sites – all of which are equipped with highly sophisticated technology.