Little is known of how Lebanon County’s indigent folks were cared for from the date the County was formed on February 16, 1813 until an Act of The Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennslyvania on March 3, 1830 provided for a Lebanon County Poor House. Immediately following the passage of the Act the County Commissioners looked for a suitable site and on August 24, 1830 bought a tract of 166 acres and 134 perches of farm land from David Fisher in what was then known as Lebanon Township but has since become South Lebanon Township. The purchase price was $11,611.30. The early records are vague but by 1832 the initial Almshouse was established as shown by the “Record of Inmates” book. The initial census of that facility was allegedly 12 people. The Almshouse was continued in that facility until 1887 when a new hospital was erected and the old one razed. The new facility was completed in February 1889 and consisted of approximately a dozen buildings. In 1937 the Poor District was abolished and the County Almshouse became known as the County Institutional District under the direction of the County Commissioners.
In 1964 the corner stone was laid for a new structure immediately adjacent to the city of Lebanon for a 244 bed facility which was occupied in January of 1966 with transfer of approximately 160 patients from the former “Poor House” farm. The new County Home was approximately named Cedar Haven. Very shortly after its inception it was completely occupied and has been thus to this date with 244 residents and patients with a substantial number of applicants on the waiting list.
In May of 1973 ground was broken for the new Skilled Care Wing making provision for 160 additional beds and enhanced adequate ancillary services to provide only the very best care for the elderly of Lebanon County who are ill and require a very high degree of skilled care.
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