The American Hospital of Paris was founded in 1906. Seven years later the United States Congress recognized the hospital under Title 36 of the United States Code on January 30, 1913. During World War I in March 1918, the French government decreed the hospital to be "an institution of public benefit", authorizing it to receive donations. The hospital is now the only civilian hospital in Europe accred by The Joint Commission (TJC), an independent organization that accrs hospitals in the United States; it is also accred by France's Haute Autorité de santé (HAS). To this day, the American Hospital of Paris receives no government subsidies from either France or the United States operating solely on donations from its many international private and corporate donors.
Rock Hudson was treated at the hospital with a new drug for AIDS, a fact that was made public against his will by a hospital spokesperson.
The hospital has an extensive Ancillary Services Department, equipped with modern diagnostic and treatment equipment. The Outpatient Consultation Department's 150 physicians cover every major medical and surgical specialty. The Emergency Department physicians provide immediate care to patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The medical staff includes over 500 physicians and surgeons. These private practitioners are credentialed by the Hospital through a thorough and strict selection process.
Notable patients who have been in the hospital
Olive Thomas, American silent film actress and model, died on September 10, 1920
Jack Pickford, Canadian-American actor, film director and producer, died on January 3, 1933
Pearl White, (1889-1938), American silent film actress (most notably in The Perils of Pauline serial), died in the hospital on August 4, 1938
Raimu, French actor, died of a heart attack in an allergic reaction to an anesthetic on September 20, 1946
Gertrude Stein, American novelist, poet and playwright, died in the hospital on July 27, 1946