A history of benevolence and collaboration.

In the 1890’s, a small group of doctors and citizens came together for the greater good of a community and formed what was then known as the Lowell Free Hospital Association. They saw a need to serve all citizens and rallied influential donors who, ultimately, helped initiate a charitable hospital. On July 20, 1893, Lowell General Hospital opened its doors to patients and the rest is history.

A force in the community.

Through wars, fires and devastating floods, the hospital has endured. 125 years on, Lowell General Hospital is at the forefront of medicine — offering state-of-the-art facilities and innovative treatments. Yet it remains true to its original mission of providing quality care to the Greater Lowell community, serving the rich or poor, young and old and people of all backgrounds.


Lowell General Hospital officially incorporated on March 9, 1891. On July 16, 1891 James K Fellows purchased the Fay Estate --- 12.5 acres of land in Pawtucketville for $30,000 and donated it to the hospital. The Ladies’ Aid Association founded in January 1893, working to secure charitable donations to support the hospital. Hospital opens its doors to patients on July 20, 1893 The Lowell General Hospital Training School for Nurses opened in 1893 with 8 nursing students comprising its first class.

A cornerstone ceremony is held for the Lowell General Hospital School of Nursing building in 1949.

Students in the Lowell General Hospital School of Nursing attend class in the 1950s.

A cornerstone ceremony celebrating the Maternity and Children’s Building is held at Lowell General Hospital in 1951.

125 years of excellence

  • 125 Year History

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