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General Hospital
Genre Soap opera
Created by Frank and Doris Hursley
Information
Type Hospital
Nickname(s) GH
Source(s) General Hospital
Robin's Diary
Port Charles
General Hospital: Night Shift
The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli
Notable locations Chapel
Sub-basement Laboratory
Address 6065 Central Avenue
Port Charles, New York


General Hospital is the primary hospital in Port Charles, New York. It is the employer for many Port Charles residents and is the hospital of choice for most residents for any health concern.

Current Staff

Doctors

Nurses

Other Personnel


Lists of Past Personnel

Chiefs of Staff

Asst. Chiefs of Staff

Head Nurses

Doctors

Other Personnel

Special locations

  • Tania Jones Memorial Daycare Center - In 1987, Bobbie Spencer and Felicia Scorpio-Jones are given permission to fund a daycare center on the fourth floor, in honor of hit and run victim Tania Jones who came up with the idea shortly before her death.
  • Dominique Baldwin Pediatric AIDS Center - After Dominique Baldwin's death in 1993, Scott Baldwin donates some of his inheritance money to assist in funding GH's Pediatric AIDS Unit in his late wife's name. Lucy Coe also presented the idea of a Nurses' Ball to raise the much needed funds for the center.
  • Steve Hardy Memorial Library - After Dr. Hardy's death in 1996, General Hospital dedicates a Memorial Library on the second floor in his honor.
  • Stone Cates Memorial AIDS Wing - In 1996, Sonny Corinthos donates the money inherited to him from his late wife, to fund an entire AIDS wing in honor of his friend who died from the disease.
  • Sub-basement Laboratory - In 2000, it was revealed Starvos Cassadine was being kept cryogenically frozen in a secret lab built thirty floors beneath General Hospital, thanks to the mastermind of Helena Cassadine. The laboratory (now abandoned) is only accessable from an out of service elevator on the roof of the building.
  • Michael Corinthos III Pediatric Head Trauma Center - In 2009, Carly Jacks funds the Michael Corinthos III Pediatric Head Trauma unit on the fourth floor, in honor of her son Michael who was put into a coma after being shot in the head.
  • Jessie Brewer Wing - In 2014, Elizabeth Webber states that there is a wing named after late Nurse Jessie Brewer.
  • General Hospital Chapel - A chapel in the hospital where relatives of patients go to pray, located on the first floor.

Floors

  • According to the professional center directory, the hospital houses the following: Radiology Viewing Room, Lounge, Pathology Lab, Bio Med Lab, Cardiac Unit, Dialysis, Medical Records, Mental Health, Rehabilitation, Vascular Lab, Surgical Suites, On Call Room, Cafeteria, CT Scan, Critical Care, Doctor's Lounge, Gift Shop, Neuro Diagnostic, Pharmacy, Pulmonary, Respiratory and Volunteers.
  • First Floor - Main Entrance, Emergency Room, Medical Lounge, Patient Rooms, Administrative Offices, Meeting Rooms, Board Room, Cafeteria, Library, Gift Shop, Chapel, Records Room, Book Storage.
  • Second Floor - Steve Hardy Memorial Library, Social Services, Patient Rooms, Patient Services, Patient Relations, Purchasing/Receiving, Public Safety Offices, Public Conference Rooms, Auxiliary Offices, Doctor's Offices, Nursing Supervisor, Medical Surgical Unit, Intensive Care Unit, Material Services, Chaplain.
  • Third Floor - Orthopedics, Cardiac Pulmonary Rehab, CT Scan, Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Rehabilitation Therapy, Neuro Diagnostic, Bio Med Lab.
  • Fourth Floor - Tania Jones Memorial Daycare Center, Pediatrics, Labor and Delivery, Maternity/Nursery, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Patient Rooms, Employee Health Education, Human Resources, Social Services, Michael Corinthos III Pediatric Head Trauma Center.
  • Fifth Floor - Urology, Pathology Lab, Environmental Services, Patient Rooms, Auxiliary Offices, Infectious Diseases.
  • Sixth Floor - Patient Rooms, Central Nurses Station for the East Wing.
  • Seventh Floor - Cardiology, Cardiac Catheterization, Endoscopy, Pharmacy, Internal Medicine.
  • Eighth Floor - Neurosurgery, Nuclear Medicine, Burn Injury Ward, Respiratory Therapy, Psychiatric Ward, Patient Rooms, Auxiliary Offices.
  • Tenth Floor - Operating Rooms, Surgery, Pre-Op Admissions, Post-Op/Recovery Rooms, Intensive Care Units, Triage, Patient Rooms, Art Therapy Room, Auxiliary Offices, Laboratory.

History

Сrises

1970s

  • February 1979, Dr. Steve Hardy was forced to place General Hospital under quarantine due to an outbreak of a rare and mysterious disease known as Lassa Fever. Audrey Hardy, Gail Baldwin, Rick Webber, Jeff Webber, Alan and Monica Quartermaine were among the hospital staff, employees and even visitors who were quarantined within the walls of the hospital for weeks. After weeks of exhaustive work, Dr. Hardy fell ill with the potentially-fatal disease. Flushed and weak, he continued to treat the sick patients before passing out. A cure was eventually formulated using Dr. Hardy's notes and all parties afflicted by the disease were restored to health.

1980s

  • June 1983, Dr. Monica Quartermaine tries to persuade a distraught Vince Larrick to allow heart surgery for his critically ill wife, Gertrude, who has a heart ailment. Monica performs the surgery and does her best but the Larrick’s waited too long as they did not listen to their doctors' advice in the past. Consequently Gertrude dies and her fanatic husband takes Monica, nurse Bobbie Spencer and Bryan Phillips hostage in the hospital cafeteria. In an attempt to grab the gun Brian is shot and Larrick agrees to have him released for surgery. Robert Scorpio later becomes a hostage when he tries to reason with Larrick but he too is shot after Luke Spencer botches a rescue attempt. Both Robert and Luke are eventually able to subdue Vince, when Luke rushes in on an operating gurney taking Larrick by surprise.

1990s

  • October 1990, The president of Santo Moro, Commargo, arrives at GH after being poisoned in an assassination attempt. It is revealed that the president’s entourage lead by General Stark planned a mutiny to kill Commargo so Stark can take over the country. Stark has carbon monoxide switched with oxygen canisters for Commargo's surgery and just as Commargo is about to give Stark his swiss bank account number, he loses consciousness. As Commargo cannot die until he gets it, Stark blames the private nurse for the canister switch and takes the entire eighth floor hostage. Among the hostages were Alan Quartermaine, Monica Quartermaine, Tony Jones, Anna Devane, Amy Vining and Tom Hardy. When Commargo regains consciousness Alan and Monica try to warn him about Stark but they're discovered and Monica is shot in the leg as a result. The Commargo is forced to surrender, however when General Stark and his men attempt to escape they are thwarted by the PCPD led by Robert Scorpio and Colton Shore.
  • By October 1996, General Hospital was in a financial crisis, thanks to Stefan Cassadine, who masterminded its downfall as an excuse to stay in Port Charles. The stress of the crisis caused chief of staff Dr. Steve Hardy to have a fatal heart attack and after a massive lawsuit, GH was forced to close. This led the board at Mercy Hospital to plan a hostile takeover. However when Stefan stepped in with an influx of Cassadine money, General Hospital reopened with Stefan as the new CEO. Alan Quartermaine took over as chief of staff respectively. The Cassadine money was also used to renovate the hospital in early 1997.
  • June 1997, Greg Cooper, a former applicant as an intern who was turned down by the hospital board takes several interns including Karen Wexler, hostage on the sixth floor. When Nurse Audrey Hardy attempts to help the hostages she is severely injured when Greg knocks her unconscious with his gun. Audrey's life was later saved by emergency surgery from intern Joe Scanlon, who used a power drill to relieve the pressure in Audrey's head.
  • June 1997, Stefan Cassadine manages to gets his hands on a Cassadine Faberge egg with a computer chip that would enable him to control the world’s finances. Stefan’s intention was to add to Nikolas Cassadines’ vast inheritance by using the chip. With the help of Alexis Davis, in a trial run Stefan uses the chip to shut down the computers at General Hospital and the virus causes a total blackout. Dr. Tony Jones is forced to improvise on his surgery with Audrey, who was still healing from injuries inflicted by Greg Cooper. Simultaneously Dr. Pierce Dorman was murdered in the hospital morgue after being stabbed in the heart with a scalpel. Multiple members of the Quartermaine family became prime suspects however the killer was revealed to be a man known as "The Tin Man", who was one of Pierce’s South American contacts. Tin Man had been hired by vengeful drug kingpin Hernando Rivera to take Dorman out.

2000s

  • October 2007, Two rival street gangs bring their turf war into the hospital resulting in a deadly shootout in the Emergency Room. Dr. Leo Julian is injured and student nurse Jolene Crowell is left in a coma.
  • January 2008, Months after the death of Dr. Alan Quartermaine, new chief of staff Dr. Russell Ford implements a new policy of sending patients without good insurance to the county hospital. When a man named Joe Smith and his pregnant wife arrive for treatment at GH and are turned away by Dr. Ford, Joe instead returns with a bomb strapped to him and takes the Emergency Room hostage, threatening to detonate unless his wife is given medical attention. Among some of the hostages were Jason Morgan, Elizabeth Webber, Jake Spencer, Epiphany Johnson, Edward and Monica Quartermaine. The bomb turned out to be fake.
  • October 2008, When a member of a white supremacy clan is found dead after being thrown out of GH by Dr. Patrick Drake, the clan retaliates by planting two bombs in the hospital parking lot. One explosion leaves Dr. Saira Batra and several patients injured, while Dr. Drake manages to disable the second bomb with help from Jagger Cates.
  • In January 2009, A terrorist named Earl Bragg steals five spheres of bio toxin from a government owned truck, planning to kill millions. In an attempt to smuggle the spheres to their next destination Bragg swallows them but instead ends up at General Hospital for emergency surgery. During surgery Dr. Matt Hunter, accidentally cuts one of the spheres open, releasing the toxin into the hospital air vents. As a result GH is quarantined. Among the poisoned people were Matt Hunter, Elizabeth Webber and Monica Quartermaine. Claudia Zacchara, Kate Howard and Tracy Quartermaine were also infected while attending a fundraiser in the board room. The incident caused the deaths of Dr. Andy Archer and Nurse Leyla Mir. Just a few hours later, an oxygen leak that occurred in the surgical suite lead to an explosion which set the hospital on fire. While GH is being evacuated Trevor Lansing attempts to escape with the remaining poison, however he is killed when he falls off the roof of the hospital during a struggle with Sam McCall. General Hospital is later remodeled, using money donated from the Quartermaine and Cassadine families and reopens after a three month vacancy.

2010s

  • February 2012, a chemical lab explosion on the tenth floor seemingly kills Dr. Robin Scorpio-Drake, although she is later revealed to be alive and being held captive. It is subsequently revealed that the explosion was orchestrated by Dr. Ewen Keenan on the orders of Jerry Jacks, who in turn was working for Cesar Faison.
  • June 2012, after Heather Webber and Todd Manning switched Tea Delgado's stillborn son with Sam McCall's son, Danny Morgan, Heather breaks out of Ferncliff Asylum and kidnaps the baby with the intent to raise him as her own. The baby required special medication so Heather snuck into GH with the child and planned to steal the medicine. After Heather assaulted Olivia Falconeri in the stairwell, Sam and Jason Morgan found her on the roof of the hospital holding the baby hostage. With the police closing in, Heather jumped and Jason snatched the baby just in time. Heather survived the fall from the roof but slipped into a coma, she was later recommitted to Ferncliff when she awoke.
  • From May to September 2016, a serial killer terrorized the hospital. The killer was eventually revealed to be Paul Hornsby who believed he was avenging his daughter, Susan. Susan was a patient at GH years earlier, following a sexual assault. However the attending physician Dr. Matthew Mayes, mishandled Susan’s rape kit. Dr. Monica Quartermaine was forced to inform Susan that without a proper rape kit the hospital could not help with a police investigation. The incident left Susan traumatized and Paul vowed revenge on General Hospital. Over the course of months, Paul managed to drug everyone who was involved with Susan’s case. Once the victims arrived at the hospital, he hoped to make GH appear incompetent by killing patients with a drug called Derisifol. Paul’s reign of terror also included pushing nurse Elizabeth Webber down a flight of stairs, the murders of Dr. Mayes and nurse Sabrina Santiago and the attempted murder of Monica Quartermaine. The mysterious deaths at GH forced the hospital to close for almost two months.
  • In March 2017, Comr. Jordan Ashford ordered General Hospital into lock down when Olivia Jerome committed multiple kidnappings. In an insane attempt to resurrect Duke Lavery from the dead, Olivia kidnapped Duke’s son, Dr. Griffin Munro, attempting to use him as Duke's 'vessel'. Anna Devane later found Olivia and Dr. Munro in the Cassadines abandoned lab beneath the hospital. The lockdown was lifted after Olivia escaped, however when Robin Scorpio-Drake was discovered tied to a bomb in the hospital elevator, an emergency evacuation of GH began. Dr. Hamilton Finn and Hayden Barnes were sealed behind the hospital fire doors trapping them in the locker room corridor, while Dr. Munro chose not to evacuate and returned to his patient’s side. Robin was eventually rescued by Drew Cain (believed to be Jason Morgan), who took her place on the pressure sensitive bomb. Curtis Ashford was then able to aid Drew to the roof where they managed to disarm it.

2020s

  • March 2020 - September 2020, Wiley Quartermaine-Corinthos, who has a congenital heart defect he inherited from his father and biological grandfather was admitted to the hospital for labored breathing; the hole in his heart had not closed on its own and he needed elective surgery. His mother, Nelle Benson refuse to sign off on the surgery, even with Wiley's grandmother Carly Corinthos and great-grandmothers Dr. Monica Quartermaine (a cardiologist) and nurse Bobbie Spencer urging her to consent. Nelle claimed they were bullying her, and that she wanted to explore non-invasive options. She refused to sign the consent form, much to Michael and Carly's anger. Carly in turn ended up locking Nelle on the hospital roof overnight, while she and her mother Bobbie forged her signature on the documents. Bobbie also secretly shredded the consent form which Monica knew about. Wiley had the surgery to correct the hole in his heart and Monica announced the procedure was successful but in six months he would need more surgery to have a device implanted into his heart to help it develop properly. When Nelle discovered that Carly and Bobbie had apparently forged her signature, she became angry and litigious. As a result of Nelle's lawsuit against the hospital, the board came to a crossroads over funding and leadership. ELQ has always funded the board, but with Cyrus Renault coming forward with money, a foundation for social justice, and the request to become chairman of the board, ELQ's position came into question. The Quartermaine family voted, along with Valentin Cassadine (who had secretly bought up 50% of their shares) and decided to stop funding the hospital, due to lack of proper management, current litigation, and an unfavorable chairman of the hospital board. Cyrus got his demands, and became the main financier of the hospital, as well as the head chairman. Shortly after, Cyrus got the board to fire Monica and Bobbie from the hospital and hires Dr. Britt Westbourne as the new chief of staff.
  • September 2020 - July 2021, With Cyrus Renault now running the hospital as an "alleged" former drug kingpin, he put resources towards pain management applications. Britt and Dr. Portia Robinson (Chief of Internal Medicine) were weary and reticent of his aspirations, having both witnessed the dramatic increase of opioid addictions and overdoses (such as Sasha Gilmore's overdose and heart attack, which became public as she is the public face of a well-known company). Renault claims to have been inspired by Dr. Hamilton Finn's cure for a niche disease, "Blackwood Syndrome", and his generous donation of its patent to GH in 2016. The lab at GH, under Renault's orders created an extremely addictive pharmaceutical grade narcotic, which he presented to the board of directors as a financial windfall for the hospital. Cyrus hoped for them to approve it, and then send it to the FDA while Dr. Lesley Webber attempts to use her influence on the board to vote against Renault. Britt verified the scientific research with seemingly impressive findings, but makes clear that this is not her area of expertise - to which Portia implores that Renault's decade in prison on drug charges should make their findings need exceeding peer review and oversight. Renault eloquently delivers veiled threats to Portia and Britt, and Portia tells him that the new drug seems like it could be very addictive, and if prescribed wrong or too casually by doctors trying to turn a profit - it leaves the hospital open to lawsuits. Britt in-turn begins secretly informing Renault's doings to Jason Morgan. Mayor Laura Collins, Lesley and Monica, are able to meet with the board before Cyrus and when an article interviewing Cyrus' mother Florence Grey is revealed, the board opted not to submit the new drug to the FDA. After Cyrus is exposed and sentenced to jail for his crimes, the board announces Dr. Monica Quartermaine as Cyrus's replacement and new chairman of the board. Monica quickly undoes Cyrus's staff changes to the hospital and rehires Bobbie Spencer. Monica also allows Britt to remain chief of staff but only if she shares the position with Dr. Terry Randolph.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Beginning in 1975, General Hospital began using the LAC+USC Medical Center for its exterior shots, appearing primarily in the show's opening sequence. The entrance of to the show's studio in Los Angeles is modeled after the actual hospital's emergency department entrance, allowing for the show to shoot outdoor scenes in their own parking lot. In General Hospital: Night Shift, the upper floors were edited in digitally to fit on top of the show's studio, creating a computer generated image, modeled after the LAC+USC Medical Center exterior.

References

  1. Revealed on March 9, 2017.
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWtNifVam1k introduced as doctor who operated on Brook Lynn in the 8/26/20 episode, after Nelle slashed her throat
  3. Per 2/18/21, Britt confirmed that Dr. Roberts conducted trials for a highly addictive prescription grade pharmaceutical for Cyrus Renault, to make money for the hospital - but with falsified results|https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLhJ7ckQFdU
  4. When talking to Alexis, Elizabeth states that Behar operated on Alexis' nephew Nikolas
  5. Seen as Franco's doctor when Silas was looking at Franco's chart
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