Eleanor Slater Hospital

In the late 1800’s, Rhode Island opened two hospitals – the State Hospital for Mental Disease and the State General Hospital— in what is now known as the Pastore Complex in Cranston. In 1905 the RI State Sanatorium opened in Burrillville to treat tuberculosis patients. The General Hospital and State Hospital for Mental Disease merged to become the Rhode Island Medical Center in 1962, with the name change to the Eleanor Slater Hospital taking place in 1994.

Today, the Eleanor Slater Hospital System is still located on two campuses, Cranston and Burrillville. It is the state’s only Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTACH) with 284 beds and operated through the State of Rhode Island’s Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals (BHDDH). The hospital provides long-term acute and post-acute hospital level of care to patients with complex medical and psychiatric needs.

ESH strives to provide a treatment environment in which dignity, individuality, and respect are emphasized. In addition to diagnosis and treatment, the hospital focuses on issues of recovery and quality of living. We are dedicated to working with our patients and their families using an interdisciplinary-centered approach to care. Our focus is to recognize each patient’s individuality and to provide high quality care in a dignified manner.

There is a very active performance improvement effort at ESH. Leadership, physicians, nurses, and rehabilitative staff collaboratively review all processes associated with operations and quality of care. When needed, processes are modified or redesigned with the goal of providing even better care for our patients along with improved operations. At ESH, everyone works to provide a seamless system of care.