Building for the Community

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A Hospital Committed to Our Community

Riddle Hospital is a Magnet®-designated, fully accredited, acute care hospital offering a full range of services that pair lifesaving technology with compassionate concern for the people in our community. The hospital’s mission is to provide first-rate health care and superior service in order to promote and improve the quality of life in our communities. Our neighborhood hospital was built upon philanthropy, a tradition that has brought us to where we are today. This project is not an enhancement—it’s something that the Riddle community needs. We hope you will join us in supporting this important campaign.

Building for the Future

Samuel D. Riddle Passes

Samuel D. Riddle, owner of the gallant racehorse, Man O’War, died in 1951 and bequeathed approximately 72 acres of land to build a community hospital.


Riddle Hospital is Proposed

In 1959, Riddle Hospital was proposed to the county, and drawings were created for approval.  The Middletown Township Board of Adjustment held a hearing and approved the proposal.


Groundbreaking for Riddle Hospital

On September 17, 1960 the official groundbreaking occurred. Construction began in April 1961.


Riddle Hospital Opens

Riddle Hospital opened on February 18, 1963 with 144 beds, 298 employees, and 170 medical staff members.

The Hospital is built on 72.4 acres in Middletown Township. Room rates are: private $36, semi-private $25, ICU $26, pediatrics $23 and newborn $8.

James Skelly is the first patient seen at Riddle. Less than one month later, the first baby was born at Riddle on March 7, 1963.


South Wing Addition & Thrift Shop

The hospital added the South Wing in 1971. The Riddle Thrift Shop, launched in 1961 in Media through the efforts of The Associated Auxiliaries of Riddle Hospital, opened its doors on March 13, 1973 at its new location on the hospital campus in a 6,000-square-foot-building with 24-car parking lot.


Expansion Continues

Riddle then focused on delivering care in the outpatient setting with the addition of Health Center 1 in 1976. The first set of triplets were born at Riddle in 1977. The short procedural unit was constructed in 1981 to provide surgical care.


West Wing

The 80s saw continued growth, with the addition of the West Wing, featuring a new Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, and the first telemetry unit at Riddle.  We then focused on delivering health care for moms and babies when the Birthplace and Neonatal Intensive Care Units opened in the early 90s.


Outpatient Pavilion

In 1994, the south side of the campus was transformed with the addition of the Outpatient Pavilion - Health Center 3.


First Ambulance Purchased

In 1996, The Associated Auxiliaries of Riddle Hospital raised enough contributions to purchase Riddle Hospital's own Ambulance. 


4th Floor Constructed

In 2003, a 4th floor was added onto the hospital.


Riddle Joins the Main Line Health System

On February 28, 2007, Riddle Hospital and Main Line Health officially joined forces to better serve patients in our community together.


Health Center 4

Health Center 4 opened in November 2009 and the Rothman Institute saw its first patient in the building on November 23, 2009. The Wound Care Center opened on the first floor in June 2014 and was dedicated as The Hassan C. Vakil MD Wound Healing and Hyberbaric Center on May 22, 2017. The Pulmonary Rehab Center opened in April 2017 on the second floor. The MRI Suite opened in 2013 in Health Center 3.


Emergency Department Expansion

The major Emergency Department expansion was completed and opened in September 2014 with nearly $8 million donated by our community. 121 patients were seen in the new ED on the first day. Today we see more than 33,000 patients a year.


Concordville Opens

Main Line Health Center Concordville, our 131,000 square-foot outpatient facility delivering primary and specialty care, opened in December 2016. Services including urgent care, cardiology, pediatrics, rehab, imaging and radiology are offered as well as a world class fitness and wellness center.


The Birthplace is Renovated

Renovations to The Birthplace begin to benefit our tiniest patients and their families. Upgrades include modernizing patient rooms and common areas, and re-designing the core of the unit to improve workflow and utility. The "Riddle Delivers" Campaign raised $3.9 million for this project.


Groundbreaking for the Campus Transformation Project

The Main Line Health Board of Governors approved Riddle’s Master Facility Plan on December 5, 2019. Riddle Hospital and Main Line Health officially broke ground on October 15, 2020 for a comprehensive $327 million campus-wide modernization project, which includes the construction of a 230,000 square-foot Patient Pavilion building and renovations to 62,000-square-feet within the existing hospital. We are thrilled to embark upon this transformational project so that we can continue to provide superior care to our community.