8600 Old Georgetown Road | Bethesda, MD 20814

Suburban Hospital: A History of 70 Years Serving our Community

Happy 70th birthday, Suburban Hospital!

We opened our doors on December 13, 1943 as a 130-bed hospital comprising several one-story cottages. Our goal was to accommodate the medical needs of an expanding World War II military population that was congregating in the Washington, DC region.

Today we are Montgomery County’s designated trauma center and serve more than one million people. We are proud to be part of one of the most respected health-care organizations in the world—Johns Hopkins Medicine—and to have strong research affiliations with the National Institutes of Health, while never forgetting our community roots. We have worked hard to establish centers of excellence in orthopedics and joint replacement surgery, stroke and neurosurgery, cancer care, cardiothoracic surgery and cardiac care, behavioral health and addiction treatment.


As we look back at our 70-year history, we are grateful for the vision of those who came before us and the dedication of our staff to deliver the highest quality health care for our patients. We pledge to continue our strong commitment to Suburban Hospital and patient-and family-centered care for generations to come.

Looking to the future, we eagerly anticipate the benefits that our campus enhancement project will bring. The science of medicine continues to advance, and the physical infrastructure of health care facilities must keep pace. We remain confident that our patients will have access to the 21st century facility they deserve as health care transforms in and around Suburban Hospital.

Thank you for 70 great years and here’s looking forward to the next 70!

To celebrate our 70th anniversary, we compiled photos dating back to our ground breaking in 1943. We hope you enjoy the flashback and thank our community for its support of Suburban Hospital.