The earliest hospitals were more like hospices, where poor people could die in peace. The first hospital in the U.S., founded in 1751 by Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond. served the mentally ill and the poor. People who could afford it had the doctor come to their home for care and procedures.
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Some hospital systems are keeping their website, Facebook and Twitter users informed about the changing status of Ebola in Africa. Most hospitals, however, are silent about Ebola, even though people in their service areas are watching news reports daily on Ebola and worried about such diseases coming to the US.